Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake vs. Audi S6 Avant

We like wagons. And we don't really care what you think of us for liking them either. Thankfully, there are two new wagons from Mercedes-Benz and Audi to further justify our urge to get a girl pregnant (that R. Kelly is a ridiculous individual). And believe it or not the CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake and the S6 Avant should arrive about 9 months after our final summer conquest in the Hamptons. Bottoms up. Ok, so this isn't exactly a fair matchup (nor is the context P.C.) with the Audi S6 Avant being down 100 horsepower and probably costing at least $15,000 less than the Mercedes CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake, but it's a fast German wagon and there's nothing to dislike about that.

Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake vs. Audi S6 Avant

 Besides we think with the $15,000 you save you can easily get a chip, and a freer flowing exhaust and voila! AMG stomping performance for under three grand. Besides there's something very underhanded about the the S6 wagon. It's like playing poker in a shady underground casino where you're pretty sure the guy sitting across from you has a gun pointed at your nuts, but he's all laughs as he chats you up about his dog. It's subtle, if not deceiving.

Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake vs. Audi S6 Avant

That's not to say the S6 is slow, or under-powered. Under the hood is Audi's latest twin-turbocharged 450-hp V8.  In typical Audi turbo fashion, all of the 405 lb-ft of torque is available low down in the rev range from 1,500 rpm upward, helping the big wagon scoot from 0-60 in 4.8 seconds. The dual turbo setup also means the new S6 is 25% more efficient than its V10 predecessor, and the engine is lighter.  Helping to slow the party down are optional carbon ceramic disc brakes.

Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake vs. Audi S6 Avant

Other highlights of the S6 Avant is the suspension, which now rides on almost half an inch lower adaptive air ride system. It might not seem like a lot but, Audi's Drive Select will let you go from tame to hardcore on the fly. It sums up what we like about the S6, small incremental improvements over the standard car allow it to be relativley unassuming until it snaps your neck under hard acceleration.

Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake vs. Audi S6 Avant

The Mercedes CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake can do that too, but also has the looks to match. In typical AMG fashion, the CLS Shooting Brake looks like it hit the gym with Olympian Robert Forstemann. It's bulked up everywhere with widened fenders, bigger wheels, and has gotten a leaner, meaner front fascia and hood. The twin-turbo V8 powering the CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake makes 517 horsepower or 550 hp with the optional AMG Power Package. Mercedes-Benz claims this should help this power wagon dash to 60 mph in under 4.5 seconds. Impressive.

Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake vs. Audi S6 Avant

To be honest, all the numbers, monstrous torque figures and insane looking haunches can't beat what Mercedes-Benz has done with the interior. Where previous AMGs had only some thicker bolstering on the seats and a few badges to distinguish them from common Mercedes-Benz products, the latest AMG models (E63, C63), especially this CLS, take it to another level. If it's supposed to be a sportier version of the E63 AMG Wagon, then we're in for a real treat. Jury is still out on why we would need a 2+2 wagon though.
Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake vs. Audi S6 Avant
Dat trunk!
Outback, it's like the R class never left (that's a compliment). With a huge cargo area, the CLS63 AMG might actually be the go-to car for the modern Clark Griswald, except this time when that blonde shows up next to you in a 458 Spider, you can actually keep up. The wood in the trunk is a really nice touch too, as you don't really see anything like that anymore. If only we could convince Audi to add subtle things like this to the upcoming RS6. See more of the Audi S6 Avant here See more of the Mercedes Benz CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake here

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