Imagine waking up on a beautiful day in the German countryside, getting into your pristine Mercedes-Benz CL 500 pillarless coupe, and hurtling down the highway for a speedy race. While this is a reality few can appreciate, we are in the age of video and luckily TopSpeedGermany filmed the whole experience. So sit back and enjoy a ride in the king 2000s coupe, the CL 500.
The CL 500 is often overshadowed by the more powerful CL65 AMG which was at one time the most powerful car in the world thanks to a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine producing 603 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque. The CL 500 has to settle for a 5.0-liter V8 that produces just 302 hp (225 kW) and 339 lb-ft (460 Nm) of torque. Power was routed through an automatic transmission and sent to the rear wheels for better performance and the ability to eliminate some smoky burnouts.
So how fast can the CL 500 travel on the highway without restriction? Well, from the factory, the top speed of the CL 500 was limited to 155 mph, like all other German cars of this era. Even the CL65 AMG with double the horsepower has the exact same top speed as the CL 500, although the CL 65 AMG can get there much faster.
When it comes to running at the top speed shown in this video, the most impressive part is the calm and serenity of the experience. The lack of noise and quiet at these high speeds is what made the Mercedes-Benz coupes of this era one of the best highway cruisers that got you to your destination quickly and comfortably.