Mercedes-Benz CL 500
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: CL 500
Mercedes-Benz CL 500

The CL-class can most openly trace its beginnings back to the W126 chassis SEC class of 1981 through 1991. The SEC was itself a substitution for the R107 series SLC cars. These cars were essentially lengthened SL roadsters with a fixed roof and rear seats. However, the W126 SEC was more directly related to the S-Class sedans. The very first generation SEC-Class came in four models: the 380 SEC, the 420 SEC, the 500 SEC and the 560 SEC. The Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is best described as a grand touring series. The current generation of the CL-Class, the C 216, is presently offered in two models: the first being the CL 500 or the CL 550 and the second being the CL 600. Future models that are in the planning phase include a CL 63 AMG and CL 65 AMG. Like all models in the series, the rear passenger volume of the SEC coupes was hefty enough to classify them as 2-door sedans. The second generation CL was a sleek, and redesigned W140 coupe from model years 1993 until 1999. Though the coupe's physical appearance changed only slightly over these years, the class underwent a name change numerous times. The V8 and V12 coupes were known as the 500 SEC and the 600 SEC, respectively. This only applied though to the 1993 model year. The 600 SEC was the first V12 coupe ever offered by Mercedes-Benz. And from 1994 until 1997, the model names were changed to the S 500 coupe and the S 600 coupe. The name CL was not adopted until 1998, and thus the W140 coupes were then called the CL 500 and CL 600 from the model years of 1998 until 1999. There was a third generation of the CL from 2000 to 2006. It was based on the 1999Mercedes-Benz S-Class, though it rides on an 8-inch shorter wheelbase. It also was offered in four model types: the V8-powered CL 500, the supercharged V8-powered CL 55 AMG, the V12-powered CL 600 and the rare bi-turbo V12-powered CL 65 AMG.

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