Mercedes Benz CL 65 AMG and S 65 AMG | Part Two

AMG SPEEDSHIFT five-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel controls

Power is transmitted by the AMG SPEEDSHIFT five-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel gearshift controls. The engine's high maximum torque level of 1200 Nm has been limited electronically to 1000 Nm and a number of measures – including the adoption of new clutch pack discs with a high-quality metal coating as well as modified shift and torque-converter-lockup logic – have been taken to optimise key transmission components. The modified drive shafts and upgraded hub carriers also reflect the high levels of power and torque available.

Active Body Control with sports suspension, eight-piston composite brake system

The CL 65 AMG and S 65 AMG are equipped as standard with Active Body Control (ABC) and special AMG spring struts with firmer damping. Fully reworked dynamic handling control systems such as ABS, Brake Assist, ASR and ESP (Electronic Stability Program) complement the enhanced chassis setup. In order to cope with the high power output of the AMG bi-turbo engine, the front wheels of both the AMG V12 top models are equipped with a newly developed, high-performance eight-piston composite brake system with 390 x 36 mm grey cast-iron discs and aluminium brake-disc bowls. Contact with the road is taken care of by AMG 19-inch twin-spoke wheels equipped with 245/40 ZR 19 tyres at the front and 275/35 ZR 19 tyres at the rear.

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Published 25 August 2003 Melanie Carter

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