Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake Concept Is Production Bound

  • Matthew Phenix

Proof that where there’s a will, there’s a niche, Mercedes-Benz (which already offers 16 model lines in the United States) plans to extend its family tree once again with a production version of the recent CLS Shooting Brake concept car. Unveiled during April’s Auto China motor show, the car builds on dramatic proportions of the 2012 CLS four-door coupe with a sloping wagon-like tail.

The first production iteration of the CLS “Shooting Brake” (a term that generally refers to wagon-bodied two-door cars, à la the old Volvo P1800ES and BMW’s Z3 Coupe) will likely reach American showrooms with Mercedes’ new twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter V-8 beneath its long hood, good for 402 horsepower and 443 foot-pounds of torque. Look for a high-performance AMG version to arrive a year later, packing the 2012 CLS63 AMG’s twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8, rated at 518 hp and 516 ft.-lbs. of torque. The optional AMG Performance Package bumps output to a stupefying 550 hp and 590 ft.-lbs. of torque—which will be sufficient to launch the Shooting Brake to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and onward to a top speed of 186 mph.

Set to debut in its homeland 2012, the CLS Shooting Brake will join Europe’s burgeoning “executive express” class—strikingly styled four-doors with coupe-like proportions, hatchbacks in place of traditional trunk lids, and sumptuous seating for four passengers. Mercedes has yet to confirm availability of the CLS Shooting Brake in the United States, though with rivals such as the BMW 5-series GT, the Porsche Panamera, and the new Audi A7 gaining ground, it seems inevitable. Either way, the 2012 CLS four-door reaches U.S. showrooms next summer. The company hasn’t announced pricing, but look for the bottom line to eclipse the current model’s $76,175 starting price. (mbusa.com)

Read Next Article >>
C-Types, D-Types, and E-Types from the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s are among the program’s cars…
Photo by Snarski
The GT is a more powerful version of the original Panoz Esperante Spyder…
The new coupe takes many styling cues from the 1954 A6 GCS-53…
These five two-wheel wonders feature aggressive designs and heart-palpitating performance…
The new Mustang features Ford’s most powerful naturally aspirated engine ever…
Photo by Cordero Studios, corderostudios.com
Although the complete results of Robb Report’s annual Car of the Year competition will not be...
This year’s L.A. Auto Show saw more models introduced than at any other time in its 107-year...
The lots include Carroll Shelby’s personal Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake, which previously fetched $...
The new concept suggests that Bentley is gunning for the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé…
Patrick Gosling
The McLaren GTR Driver Program puts P1 GTR owners on the track with a dedicated race team…