For fans of the Mercedes-Benz brand, the W140 S-Class is one of the best ever and regarded as an over-engineered model, for better or worse. More so on its coupe version, which later became the CL-Class in 1996 to spin-off from the S-Class nomenclature with its two-door body and sportier characteristics. Guess you can say that the Mercedes CL-Class was the less mature version of the flagship model at that time.
But after more than two decades, does the "over-engineered" CL-Class still have what it takes to go flat out on an unrestricted section of the German Autobahn?
TopSpeedGermany aims to test that in its latest upload on YouTube. The exact model in question here is a 1997 Mercedes CL 500 – powered by the popular M119 5.0-liter V8 engine, which is touted as the best power plant that the automaker has ever made. It makes 322 horsepower (240 kilowatts) and 347 pound-feet (470 Newton-meters) of torque.
At full tilt, the 23-year-old CL 500 still got it and accelerated like we're back when the Y2K bug was a thing. It reached speeds between 220 and 230 kilometers per hour (137-143 miles per hour) without issues. On paper, this model was rated with a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) when it was new.
Granted, it wasn't as glorious and brazen as modern cars that tested their top speed on the Autobahn, but for an old car, it did well. We also noticed that beyond the wind and tire noise, the CL 500 was fairly composed even when reaching its limit.
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