Recently, the 450-kW SL 65 AMG and 434-kW CLK-DTM were unleashed from the AMG garage, but Mercedes-Benz has still not satisfied its performance lust. Here’s one more - the CLS AMG.

Recently, the 450-kW SL 65 AMG and 434-kW CLK-DTM were unleashed from the AMG garage, but Mercedes-Benz has still not satisfied its performance lust. Here’s one more - the CLS AMG.

Strong feedback for the Mercedes-Benz Vision CLS concept last year has prompted DaimlerChrysler to put the eye-catching saloon into production by 2005. Recently, DCSA board member for sales and marketing Fritz van Olst told CARtoday.com the company was strongly considering the CLS for the local market.

Based on the E-Class platform, the CLS 55 AMG is fitted with a supercharged 5,5-litre V8 producing maximum power in excess of 370 kW and more than 700 N.m of torque. And according to , the CLS 55 AMG will make its first appearance at the Paris Motor Show later this year.

Mercedes-Benz's four-door "coupé", is considered a sports derivative of the E-Class and should appeal equally to sports saloon buyers and traditional coupé owners.

Recently, DaimlerChrysler SA's technical specialist, Hans Leithgöb, told CARtoday.com that there was a great demand for this type of vehicle, especially in the Japanese and US markets.

By 2006, an even hotter CL 65 AMG is likely to make its appearance featuring the same six-litre, 447 kW twin-turbo V12 used in the SL 65 AMG. The concept version of the CLS was fitted with a 195-kW six-cylinder bi-turbo diesel engine that could reportedly accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 6,4 seconds and reach a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited).