So Much Presence
The overall condition of this 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG looks to be excellent with a glistening black finish and touches of chrome on the front grille and belt line trim.
The front end, including the underside, is very clean with flaws limited to the rear bumper, which looks to have had touch-up paint applied at some point. Per the seller, there is no history of bodywork and no rust present.
Features include bi-xenon headlamps with washers, integrated fog lamps, and black mesh front grille inserts. Other highlights include tinted glass, a power-operated sunroof, side mirrors with integrated signals, soft-touch door close, a power-operated trunk, and a subtle integrated decklid spoiler.
A unique aspect of the C215 CL series is the lack of a B-pillar, which creates a wide-open view with all four windows down. This is nicely illustrated in the walk-around video seen in the gallery.
Special features of this CL65 variant include deep front and rear valences, sculpted side skirts, V12 BITURBO fender badges, and quad exhaust outlets.
Another exclusive factory touch is the staggered-width 19” multi-piece AMG twin-spoke alloy wheels. They feature dark centers with polished lips and AMG crest center caps. Minor curb rash on the front passenger wheel and both rears can be seen in the gallery.
Front wheels are wrapped in Michelin Primacy 3 rubber sized 245/40. The rears are mounted in a mixed set of Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 (driver-side) and Michelin Pilot Super Sport (passenger-side) tires. Both measure 275/35.
Braking is handled by eight-piston calipers clamping 15” cross-drilled and slotted rotors up front and four-piston units clamping 13 ½” cross-drilled rotors out back. All four calipers are finished in silver with black AMG logos.
The fully-loaded cabin features Graphite AMG Exclusive Nappa leather on the seats, dashboard, and door panels with burl walnut wood accents on the center stack, doors, and center console.
All four seats feature perforated inserts, AMG backrest plaques, and very good condition aside from minor bolster wear on the driver and front-passenger positions.
Those front seats are power-adjustable, heated, ventilated, and fitted with Mercedes’ multi-contour air-bladder system that enables a customized fit, and includes memory settings on both sides.
Wrapped in black leather, the four-spoke multi-function steering wheel includes shifter buttons and frames a set of AMG-branded electroluminescent analog instrumentation.
It includes a coolant temperature and fuel level gauge, a 220-mph speedometer, and a 7,000-rpm tachometer. The digital odometer reads 30,064 miles.
The long list of cabin features includes COMAND infotainment, navigation, AM/FM stereo with CD changer and Bose components, Distronic radar-based cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, Keyless Go access, and push-button start integrated into the shift lever.
Featuring stitched leather panels, the dashboard appears to be in excellent shape. The same is true of the door panels, door hinges, and sills with AMG-branded covers. Flaws are limited to wrinkling on the cream-colored headliner around the C-pillars, which is otherwise tightly fitted.
Additional highlights of this immaculate cabin include dual-zone automatic climate control, Mercedes-Benz all-season floor mats, an ashtray with a lighter, a power-operated rear sunshade, and a clean carpeted trunk. The latter includes an underfloor spare tire with an integrated jacking kit.
The heart of this CL65 AMG lies under the carbon fiber engine bay shroud, which includes a plaque signed by the engine specialist that assembled and tested it. Mercedes refers to this unique aspect as the “one man-one engine principle.”
This original hand-built twin-turbo 6.0L M275 V12 was based on the power plant found in a period CL600 but quickly went off the deep end with modifications and upgrades to become a fire-breathing brute.
The stroke is longer, pistons are larger and come with individual oil jets, bigger fuel injectors are fitted, the intake valves lift higher and stay open longer, beefier turbos bring 22 psi of boost, a 70% larger intercooler is installed, and so much more.
Factory output was rated at 604 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque when new. It mates to a five-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT transmission to spin the rear wheels, which in the hands of Motor Trend magazine resulted in a 3.8-second sprint to 60 mph.
Factory handling equipment includes air suspension and Active Body Control, the latter of which blends hydraulic suspension rams, a pump, and a pressure regulator to effectively eliminate body roll under hard cornering.
As seen in the gallery, the engine bay is pristine. Always serviced at Mercedes-Benz dealerships, the car will come with a full history of maintenance records. The most recent service completed was an oil change 2,500 miles ago.
Per the owner, there are no known issues with the car and all safety inspections are complete. A start-up and engine idling video can be seen in the gallery.
Located in Richmond, British Columbia, this 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG has been under current ownership for the past six months. In that time, 200 of the original 30,064 miles have been added. Originally sold in the US, with registration history in Massachusetts and Florida, the car was imported to Canada in February of this year.
As shown on the Carfax, there is no history of accidents and there is no lien on the car. Two keys, the owner’s manual, and factory documentation will accompany the sale.
Entirely original and with only 30,000 miles on the clock, this ‘bahn burning CL65 AMG is chomping at the bit with excitement to show its next caretaker what ribcage-flattening power is all about.