2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Pillarless Coupe
March 24, 2014
Pillarless coupes like our long-term 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG are a rare breed these days. In most cars, the B-pillar supports the structure of the car in side impacts. Since the CL doesn't have one, it makes up for this with a reinforced C-pillar.
Ditching the B-pillar makes for a very open-feeling cabin. Since there is no metal getting in the way, you can more easily see cars in what would have been your blind spot. This is one of my favorite features of the CL65.
The rear-quarter windows roll down and, when combined with use of the sunroof, they really add to the airiness of the cabin. When I had all the windows down and the sunroof open this past weekend, the wind never got too loud or intrusive, even on the freeway.
Even now, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CL65 continues this pillarless coupe design and the car looks just as good.
Ronald Montoya, Consumer Advice Editor @ 61,055 miles