2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Ugliest Engine Ever
August 15, 2014
Yesterday I made the mistake of removing the engine cover from atop the twin-turbo V12 that powers our long-term 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG. What lies beneath is without a doubt the ugliest engine of all time.
It was like peeling off Brad Pitt's clothes and finding me underneath.
A shame really. The all-aluminum, twelve-cylinder, 604-horsepower beast is a mechanical work of art, but its appearance, some would say in the grand Germanic tradition, heavily prioritizes function over form.
But even Wolfgang and Ferdinand know ugly when they see it, so AMG invested substantially in the half aluminum/half carbon-fiber engine cover. Without it our big coupe's 6.0-liter engine doesn't exactly fit the CL's polished image or its when-new $185,000 price tag.
Needless to say, I reinstalled the engine cover quickly and don't plan on removing it again anytime soon. Meanwhile, we've driven the big Mercedes nearly 10,000 miles since we bought it back in December. That's quite a bit considering how many days it's been down in the shop.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 66,019 miles