The Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is that rare animal in the automotive kingdom, a large luxury coupe capable of accommodating two rear passengers in comfort while simultaneously shoving them into their seatbacks with abundant power. Other two-doors tend to offer either opulence or power, but the CL manages both and features a sumptuous leather-adorned interior to boot. Now in its fourth generation, the CL has undergone a few name changes over the years, but it has maintained its status as perhaps the quintessential large luxury coupe.
Whether it was called 560SEC or S500 coupe, the CL-Class has essentially been a two-door version of the Mercedes-Benz flagship sedan — today’s S-Class. Although the CL now ventures a little farther from the mothership in terms of styling, it has retained its close family ties. As in the past, the two vehicles share similar interior design, features and engine options. Since it’s based on such a large sedan, the CL is more of an autobahn-storming, boulevard-cruising luxo coupe, rather than a road-carving GT.