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Mercedes CL 63 AMG and Jaguar XK8

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Uploaded on Feb 13, 2009

These cars are spotted in Skopje Macedonia...Here are some infos(informations)

mercedes cl 63 amg:

There's a case for the big CL coupes to be recognised as the most fascinating cars Mercedes-Benz make. Granted, they don't seem the most immediately relevant - especially this CL 63 AMG hot rod, carrying as it does a list price of over £100,000 and expected sales that are modest to say the least. Where the CL is most intriguing is that because of its smaller sales footprint than the S-Class saloon from which it's loosely derived, it can act as the test bed for the latest technological features.

What appears on a CL may or may not eventually filter down to the sorts of C or E Class models many of us can aspire to. Sometimes the technology proves a dead end. At other times it's a revelation. The CL 63 AMG might just have a claim on being - at launch at least - the most thoroughly engineered car on sale.

The 6,208cc V8 engine is no blood and thunder piece of ironmongery. Some previous CL models have resorted to the blunt implement of forced induction to make the headline power figures but this one utilises the world's most powerful naturally-aspirated production V8 to serve up 525 screaming horsepower. Get in and expect the usual CL low end surge and you may come away surprised. This is an engine that demands to be taken by the scruff of the neck and revved, making its peak power at a heady 6,800rpm.

The 7G-Tronic automatic gearbox and clever traction and stability control software makes clean getaways simple, the car punching through 60mph in 4.5 seconds on the way to a limited top speed of 155mph. An optional AMG Drivers' Package removes the limiter and 186mph is then attainable. A day's advanced training at a major European race circuit is also wisely included in the package. A second generation Active Body Control (ABC) system offers flatter cornering and the steering serves up more feel than you would anticipate. The AMG spring struts provide firmer dynamics when the gearbox is switched into Sport/Manual modes. It's amazingly lithe for such a hefty car and the engine's soundtrack at the top end could easily lead you into temptation.


Jaguar xk8:

Styling of the new XK8 luxury coupe and convertible was clearly inspired by Jaguar's famous old XK-E (E-Type) sports car of the 1960s. Unveiled for 1997, the rear-drive sport Jaguars replaced the XJS design that had been around for 21 years. In fact, the new models also bore some kinship to the XJS, using part of its rear-drive platform and the same basic suspension, and riding a nearly identical wheelbase. Jaguar claimed a 25 percent increase in body stiffness over the XJS. Jaguar's first V8 engine went under the hood, a 4.0-liter aluminum unit with twin overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder. Also new was the 5-speed automatic transmission, from the German ZF company. In its novel console-mounted "J-gate," a 2-plane shift quadrant permitted manual gear selection when the lever was moved to the left-side slot. Dual front airbags and antilock 4-wheel disc brakes were standard, along with speed-sensitive power steering. The 17-inch wheels held Z-rated tires.The convertible has a fully lined power soft top with glass window and electric defroster. Both models had Automatic Stability Control, which throttled back engine power to maintain traction during low-grip conditions. Full traction control, which also applied brakes as needed, was part of an optional All-Weather Package that included heated seats and headlamp washers. The only other options were a trunk-mounted 6-disc CD player, premium 240-watt Harman-Kardon audio system, custom paint, and chrome wheels. Rivals included the Cadillac Eldorado, Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, and Lexus SC 300/400.

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