2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Effortless Power
May 27, 2014
With 604 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque coming from the V12 in our 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG, you expect (and get) jetliner-like acceleration when you punch the accelerator. But another quality about this V12 that I enjoy comes about when you're not driving it hard.
This engine is smooth and so strong at low rpm that for normal driving the transmission upshifts right around 2,000 rpm. That's it. The other 4,000 rpm? Don't need 'em. Even when you're cruising at California highway speeds the V12 is still spinning right around 2,000 rpm.
I went back and looked at our CL65 AMG dyno test. Unfortunately the graph doesn't start until about 2,700 rpm. But it seems fair to assume that the V12 is still cranking multiple Honda Civic engine's worth of torque right off idle.
A paradigm of a super luxury coupe V12? Pretty much.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 63,822 miles