2007 Mercedes-Benz CL550 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2007 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class - Road Test Specs

2007 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Sedan

(5.5L V8 7-speed Automatic)


Model year2007
StyleCL550 2dr Coupe (5.5L 8cyl 7A)
Base MSRP$101,975
As-tested MSRP$116,525


Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)5461cc (333 cu-in)
Valvetraindouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.7
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)382 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)391 @ 3,000
Transmission type7-speed Automatic


Suspension, frontIndependent, multilink, pneumatic springs
Suspension, rearIndependent, multilink, pneumatic springs
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Tire brandContinental
Tire modelSportContact2
Tire typeperformance
Tire size, front255/40R19 96Y
Tire size, rear275/40R19 101Y
Wheel size18 X 8.5 front - 18 X 9.5 rear
Wheel materialalloy
Brakes, frontFront ventilated disc - rear ventilated disc
Brakes, rearventilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.6
0-60 mph (sec.)5.5
0-75 mph (sec.)8.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)13.9 @ 101.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)115
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)65.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.85
Sound level @ idle (dB)44.4
@ Full throttle (dB)67.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)63.3

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsNo real technique to launching the CL550. The best runs were with only mild (1,500-rpm) brake torque. This is pretty much a "mash-and-steer" car. We found no difference between ESP on or off here.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsUneventful stop after stop. Consistent pedal, rapid but nonintrusive ABS operation, and the CL stops in luxury -- just like it does everything else.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsSkid pad: Active Body Control (ABC) produces very flat cornering. The non-defeat stability system allows a small slip angle then shuts down the fun in a big hurry. Best numbers were the result of not sliding at all. Slalom: The ABC produces unorthdox body motions which feel bizarre. Its flat attitude regardless of speed or load feels very strange during the transitions, but apparently, it works. The non-defeat ESP defines the limits in this test, as well.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1121
Temperature (°F)67
Wind (mph, direction)2

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)15 city/22 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)14.8 combined average (16 best; 14 worst)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)23.8

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,485 mfr (4,514 as tested)
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,514
Length (in.)199.4
Width (in.)73.7
Height (in.)55.8
Wheelbase (in.)116.3
Track, front (in.)63.0
Track, rear (in.)63.3
Turning circle (ft.)38.1
Legroom, front (in.)42.2
Legroom, rear (in.)32.2
Headroom, front (in.)36.9
Headroom, rear (in.)36.4
Shoulder room, front (in.)59.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)55.2
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)12.9
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)12.9


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion4 years/50,000 miles
Roadside assistanceUnlimited
Free scheduled maintenanceN/A


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front and dual rear
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsdriver only
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemtire pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemPre-collision safety system
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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