by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

SPY: The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake spotted for the first time

After it reinvented the coupe with the introduction of the CLS, Mercedes-Benz moves one step ahead of the competition and rewrites the image of estate models. The Germans sensed the market opportunity for such niche variants after showcasing the Concept Shooting Break prototype at the Auto China 2010. As initial expectations were surpassed by the rising public enthusiasm to this exciting design proposal, the wagon coupe was approved for series production and now we are just days away from the official premiere, set to happen on the stage of the NYIAS 2012.

During summer this year, the AMG version is destined to arrive, as Affalterbach engineers couldn't miss the chance to play with the stylish estate. When the CLS 63 AMG SB hits streets, it will boast a 5.5-litre biturbo V8 engine cranking out 525 hp and 800 Nm. If the Performance Package is chosen, output and torque figures rise up to 557 hp and 900 Nm. All this furious power reaches the rear wheels thanks to the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed automatic gearbox, while the top speed is electronically restricted to 250 km/h. Further technical appointments are borrowed courtesy of its CLS 63 AMG Coupe sibling.

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