My next article is to out Mercedes for doing the same thing, which used to hide its displacement in its number. So, the S500 or 500S had a 5-liter engine and a E320 had a 3.2 Liter engine and a 300D had a 3-liter Diesel engine, this the D — and the 560SEL had a 5.6 Liter engine — I am scandalized!
Well, I did a little research and what Holger said is true. Now, please forgive me if I got this wrong. Let’s compare, using my favorite Mercedes-Benz automobile, the CL-Class coupé.
Starting with the first-generation 1992-2000 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class “W140,” there was the CL500 with a 5.0L 315 hp V8 and the CL600 with the 6.0L 389 hp V12 — OK, that works… the 1992-2000 CL500 did, in fact, have a 5.0L engine and the CL600 had a 6.0L engine. That works.
The second-generation CL-Class had the “W215″ chassis (my Mercedes 300D had a 123 chassis, for example).
Between 2000-2006, there were a number of CLs. The V8-powered CL500 (5.0L), the supercharged V8-powered CL55 (5.5L) AMG, the V12-powered CL600 (5.8L — oops), a 2001 limited-edition V12-powered CL63 AMG (6.3L), and the rare bi-turbo V12-powered CL65 AMG (6.0L — whoops!).
Wow, based on the W215 examples here, there was a little moniker authenticity slippage back in 2000-2006 with the CL600 and the CL65.
OK, now let’s check on our current CL-Class chassis model, the W216. How’s the authenticity between the displacement of the engines versus the number… is this indicative of the terrible, terrible, catastrophic end of civilization as we know it?
Good Lord, both BMW and Mercedes-Benz has started lying to us, all for the sake of appearances. Or, as the guy from the BMW dealer told me, “for tradition?”
What else is happened? What else is falling into the opening and broadening cracks down to Hell, with fingers of fire and sparking flakes of brimstone. When the German pragmatist in all the German automakers completely goes to hell, what is there left to believe in?