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MERCEDES BENZ CL Coupe (C140) 1996-1998

Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Premium Coupe
Production years: 1996, 1997, 1998

In its pursuit to offer a coupe version for its flagship model, the S-Class, Mercedes-Benz struggled to find a proper name and, in 1996, it came up with the CL designation.

The 1996 CL was more of a facelift for the SEC model, that was built since 1992. Both the SEC and the CL shared the same modified platform from the W140 S-Class sedan. It was built more like a grand tourer, with four rear seats and comfortable suspension.

The CL didn't look like a sports car. It was tall, wide, and with a big front fascia. It borrowed some styling principles from the S-Class. On the side, the frameless windows and the rear windows could roll down and, without a B-pillar, the car offered the image of a faux-cabriolet (fake cabriolet).

Inside, it was built as a luxury vehicle, with a big and tall dashboard, a straight center stack and more features carried over from the S-Class. Its instrument cluster featured five round dials with a total of seven gauges for various information. The leather upholstery and the wood grain were standard. As a novelty for those times was the parktronic system, which added parking sensors and digital displays for it.

For the engine bay, the car-maker installed only V8 and V12 gasoline units mated to a standard 5-speed automatic gearbox. For safety systems, the CL was fitted with a traction control system.

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MERCEDES BENZ CL Coupe (C140) 1996, 1997, 1998
  3 gasoline engines
  • 420 5AT (279 HP)
  • 500 5AT (320 HP)
  • 600 5AT (394 HP)
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MERCEDES BENZ CL Coupe (C140) 420 5AT (279 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  420 5AT (279 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4196 cm3
Power
205 KW @ 5700 RPM
279 HP @ 5700 RPM
275 BHP @ 5700 RPM
Torque
295 lb-ft @ 3900 RPM
400 Nm @ 3900 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
26.4 gallons (99.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155.3 mph (250 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
255/45 R18Z
DIMENSIONS
Length
199.4 in (5065 mm)
Width
75.3 in (1913 mm)
Height
56.9 in (1445 mm)
Front/rear Track
63.5/62.5 in (1,613/1,588 mm)
Wheelbase
115.9 in (2944 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.2 in (157 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.8 cuFT (504 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.29
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4508 lbs (2045 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5643.8 lbs (2560 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
14.2 mpg US (16.6 L/100Km)
Highway
24.1 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)
Combined
18.6 mpg US (12.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
355 g/km

MERCEDES BENZ CL Coupe (C140) 500 5AT (320 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  500 5AT (320 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4973 cm3
Power
235 KW @ 5600 RPM
320 HP @ 5600 RPM
315 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
347 lb-ft @ 3900 RPM
470 Nm @ 3900 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
26.4 gallons (99.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155.3 mph (250 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
255/45 R18Z
DIMENSIONS
Length
199.4 in (5065 mm)
Width
75.3 in (1913 mm)
Height
56.9 in (1445 mm)
Front/rear Track
63.5/62.5 in (1,613/1,588 mm)
Wheelbase
115.9 in (2944 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.2 in (157 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.8 cuFT (504 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.29
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4519 lbs (2050 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5643.8 lbs (2560 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
13.1 mpg US (18 L/100Km)
Highway
23.2 mpg US (10.1 L/100Km)
Combined
17.1 mpg US (13.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
365 g/km

MERCEDES BENZ CL Coupe (C140) 600 5AT (394 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  600 5AT (394 HP)
Cylinders
V12
Displacement
5987 cm3
Power
290 KW @ 5200 RPM
394 HP @ 5200 RPM
389 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
420 lb-ft @ 3800 RPM
570 Nm @ 3800 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
26.4 gallons (99.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155.3 mph (250 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
6.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
255/45 R18Z
DIMENSIONS
Length
199.4 in (5065 mm)
Width
75.3 in (1913 mm)
Height
56.9 in (1445 mm)
Front/rear Track
63.5/62.5 in (1,613/1,588 mm)
Wheelbase
115.9 in (2944 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.2 in (157 mm)
Cargo Volume
17.8 cuFT (504 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.29
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4861 lbs (2205 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5908 lbs (2680 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
11.3 mpg US (20.8 L/100Km)
Highway
19.7 mpg US (11.9 L/100Km)
Combined
15.1 mpg US (15.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
400 g/km
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