The sleek Mercedes-Benz CLS550 sedan/coupe could easily get by on its looks and classy interior alone. However, it's also a serious performance machine, and after a trip to the Edmunds.com test track it turned out to be more serious than we thought. Acceleration was tested with 0-60 and quarter-mile tests, while braking was calculated using 60-0. Handling tests included a timed slalom and two trips around a skid pad to generate a lateral acceleration calculation.
Read the Mercedes-Benz CLS550 first drive article.