Ahead of the car’s debut later this year, two photos of the updated 2011 Mercedes CL appear to have been leaked online. In particular, the two photos show the CL63 and CL65 high-performance AMG models. Both luxury coupes get the new Mercedes style with a more pronounced nose and flatter overall front end. New headlights are also a part of the package, as is a new lower front fascia and hood.
The most important changes to the 2011 CL Class cars are, however, not visible in these pictures.The CL63 is expected to do away with the relatively new 6.2-liter V8 in favor of a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 making 536-hp and 590 ft-lbs of torque. Those numbers will climb to 563-hp and 664 ft-lbs of torque with the AMG Performance Package. There’s no word on what changes are planned for the CL65.
Following the debut of the AMG models, likely at the Paris Auto Show in September, Mercedes will then announce a CL550 model, using the company’s new twin-turbo 4.7-liter V8 (replacing the 5.5-liter V8), which makes 435-hp and 516 ft-lbs of torque, an increase of 12 percent more power and 35 percent more torque, while delivering 22 percent improved fuel economy.
GALLERY: 2011 Mercedes CL63 & CL65