Kicherer Mercedes-Benz CL 60

Published Monday, February 22nd 2010
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Some Mercedes-Benz buyers, even those of the heavy, luxurious and overpriced CL Series, demand more than even Mercedes-Benz AMG can offer. German-based aftermarket Benz tuner Kicherer is banking that those individualistic customers will pay a pretty penny for higher performance and exquisite luxury with the Kicherer CL 60.

Kicherer CL 60 Styling - A Hit, With Reservations

Already a beautiful GT coupe to begin with, the Mercedes CL is given a total makeover that begins with sharp and clean styling. The aerodynamics kit, especially striking from the rear, is made from carbon fiber and manages to enhance the Kicherer CL 60's smooth lines while keeping the model instantly recognizable as classic Benz.

Sadly, the "handcrafted multipart 20 inch Kicherer RS-1" wheels do not go over so well. Try as the German tuner may, these wheels just do not match the overall performance styling packaging presented by the tuned CL. They would look more at home on a well crafted Mazda Miata or Honda S2000, but on the CL they come across as out-of-place and tacky.

Not Skin Deep - Kicherer CL 60 Performance Tuning

The AMG-tuned Mercedes-Benz CL 600 is faster than nearly anything on the road to begin with, especially for a car of its size and mass. With a twin-turbo V12, no one in their right mind would ever need a car not suitable for the track with any more power.

Great, now that we've weeded out those in their right minds, let's up Kicherer horsepower output by 53, to a startling 570 horsepower, and raising torque to an equally-overkill 668 lbs-ft. of torque. Why not, right?

Suspension is lowered by 25 mm, and handling is tightened slightly without sacrificing ride quality, Kicherer says.

The total package is a car that is both striking and purposeful, as much as a coupe that weighs as much as a Ford F-150 can possibly be.

Official Kicherer Press Release

One thing is for sure, a Mercedes CL is one of the most comfortable and largest coupés on the market. And those who will choose the CL 600 with V12 biturbo will even be able to take pleasure in something like sports car characteristics despite the giant's opulent weight.

And should you care to provide the Super Benz's sheer luxury with an extra dose of dynamic vitality, Kicherer has in stock what you are looking for.

The specialists from Lake Constance have redefined the CL with several new components - and baptised it CL 60. Among other things, this reinterpretation includes a storming increase in performance from 517 hp to 570 hp and an improved torque resulting in 900 Nm.

Moreover, the vehicle has been provided with a high-performance rear axle equipped with a differential lock and a modified transmission control module assuring that the excessive powers will always be transformed into performance - whatever the situation.

The contact to the tarmac is established by the handcrafted multipart 20" Kicherer RS-1 wheels. Accordingly, the chassis has been lowered electronically by 25 millimetres and comes up with a slightly racier characteristic now - which, however, will still offer the spoiled owner a sufficient amount of remaining comfort.

The exterior has been blessed with several modifications as well. Here, altered side skirts, a front and a rear apron meet a handful of high-end carbon components by Kicherer. At the front, the latter consist of special deflectors for the bumper and a modified front grill. At the side, they consist of mirror shells made of that precious material mentioned before, and, at the rear, we find an impressive diffuser framed by a four-pass sports exhaust system.

The interior will delight the owner with sporty luxuries as well, since here he will find an opulent combination of finest leather and racy carbon intarsia.

For all these reasons and more, the Kicherer CL 60 is, without any doubt, the most consistent realisation of a dynamic luxury coupé in our time. Appearance and performance have come together in perfect harmony.


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