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Mercedes May Develop Uber-CLS To Compete With Continental GT

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On: Fri, May 27, 2011 at 1:47PM | By: Chris Weiss

Mercedes May Develop Uber-CLS To Compete With Continental GT

Mercedes is considering a move up the high-performance luxury sedan market in the form of a Bentley Continental GT/Flying Spur rival. Interestingly, it looks like the sporty four-door, if it comes to fruition, will be branded a Mercedes-Benz rather than a Maybach, Daimler's traditional ultra-premium Bentley rival.

According to anAutocar report, the possible Continental GT rival is being referred to internally as the "uber CLS," a pretty literal nickname in that the model would be based on Mercedes sport sedan flagship, but would be positioned above and beyond.

There's no indication as to what the engine would be, but it sounds as though it could use the top 507-hp 6.3-liter V8 from the CLS63 AMG tuned by AMG to compete with the Continental GT's 570 horses. The chassis would also get some requisite tuning to deliver tighter performance to justify the increased price.

In terms of looks, it's rumored that the uber-CLS would get an even more dramatic, sportier design than the CLS itself. I'm guessing a further slung back, fastback-style cabin with some extra muscle around the wheels.

Mercedes is said to be interested in the model as a way of competing against the likes of the Continental GT and Panamera GT in meeting demand for ultra-premium, high-performance four-seaters in markets such as Russia and the Middle East. While the initial car would be a Mercedes, a Maybach variant based on the platform is also a distinct possibility.


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