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The stunning Mercedes Benz CLS550 combines the sportiness of a two-door coupe with the practicality of a four-door sedan, making it highly desirable amongst affluent executives in Japan.
When introduced in 2004, its sleek, coupe-like styling with big grille, long hood, low sloping roof and bold tail lights was so popular that Audi, Volkswagen and Jaguar came out with similar-looking models. The second-generation CLS550, launched in 2012 with more aggressive looks and better all-around performance, left the competition even further behind.
Its fast 4.7-liter, direct-injection, twin-turbo V8 engine pumps out 402 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 443 pounds-feet of torque at 1,800 rpm to propel you from zero to 60 mph in about 5 seconds flat. Even when you press the pedal to the metal, there is no perceptible turbo lag.
The smooth-shifting 7-speed automatic transmission provides a Sport mode for sportier acceleration and a stiffer ride. You can also press “M” to manually shift gears via steering-wheel-mounted sequential sport shift paddles. Fuel efficiency is a solid 25 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg in the city.
Handling is quick and predictable, with excellent grip around serpentine curves and an extremely smooth ride thanks to a standard Airmatic air suspension that adapts to road conditions to deliver maximum comfort. An electronic stability system and traction control are also included.
The lavishly appointed interior is extremely comfortable, with stylish curves that complement the exterior. Its luxurious leather seats keep you refreshed on long journeys and provide solid support during spirited driving. The driver and front passenger enjoy all the spaciousness of a mid-sized sedan with great visibility, and the rear seats comfortably accommodate two.
Electric power steering offers linear response and ample feedback, while highly fade-resistant disc brakes with standard ABS and brake assist take you from 60 to 0 mph in about 106 feet.
The ride is quiet and the craftsmanship is top-notch, with genuine walnut panels, solid switches and controls, high-quality soft-brushed metallic trim and an impressive fit and finish. There are also plenty of storage compartments and ample cargo space, including a generously sized trunk.
Safety features include 9 standard airbags and a dozen advanced driver assistance systems that help with parking, staying in your lane, monitoring blind spots and more. If the Pre-Safe system determines that a collision is unavoidable, it closes the windows, tightens the seat belts and adjusts the seats to maximize occupant protection. Extremely high crash test ratings further heighten peace of mind.
This pearl 2012 CLS550 Mercedes Benz with handsome gray interior and wide-ranging amenities is one beautiful machine. It’s easy to imagine the previous owner — who kept it in near mint condition — will miss it for years to come. Once you’ve fallen in love with the styling, comfort and performance of a CLS550, it’s hard to settle for anything else, especially from other makers. Everything just feels right and makes you feel right about yourself.
It makes sense to import your CLS550 directly from Japan, where some of the world’s best deals can be found through owners, specialist dealers and auctions offering over 50,000 vehicles every week. Japanese tend to take exceptionally good care of their cars and upgrade often, providing fantastic opportunities for secondhand car seekers.
Japan Car Direct can help you find exactly what you are looking for through its vast experience and connections in Japan. German luxury machines with left or right hand drive, exotic Italian supercars and high-performance JDM models of all kinds can all be found at much better prices than what is available through your local dealers.
Our professional staff simplifies the entire process from finding your car and getting it thoroughly inspected to purchasing it at the best possible price and having it shipped to your nearest port. We look forward to hearing from you soon and delivering total satisfaction.+
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