2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Neat Door Hinges
May 22, 2014
It's interesting to have our 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG in the Edmunds' long-term fleet. This was Mercedes' flagship coupe back in the day and packed the best and most advanced stuff from the company's arsenal. Obviously, a lot of technology used here seems pretty mundane nearly ten years later. But from a design standpoint there are still a lot of cool touches.
The CL's door hinges are a great example. Mercedes could have just used regular door hinges. But because the CL's doors are notably long and heavy, a regular opening door wasn't good enough for Mercedes' engineers, it seems. Instead, they came up with a specialized double-action hinge.
With normal hinges, the CL's long doors could be problematic in tight parking spaces (causing door dings on other cars) or even hard to close because the door pulls would be far away. The CL's hinges, however, allow the doors to move away from the car by a few inches as they also simultaneously open up conventionally. This outward, complementary parallel movement provides extra open space for you to enter and exit the CL (particularly closer to the front of the car, where your feet are) while still keeping the door relatively close.
It's a neat design. And along with the soft, power-closing door feature, getting in and out of this big luxury coupe is drama free.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 63,754 miles