Today, we are introducing an important new feature of our website: The Launch Pad. It is an online venue created for the sole purpose of introducing new cars entering the Philippine market. Through this feature, TopGear.com.ph readers will be the first to know about new vehicle models that haven't been officially launched. Here, you will get access to exclusive videos and exclusive photo galleries specially produced for this website. Of course, you will also get all the vital bits of information about the cars we are "launching," including their selling prices.
For the first offering, we give you the amazing Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, which CATS Motors is set to actually launch tomorrow, July 14. We arranged for this car to be driven by our lovable consumer editor, Botchi Santos, who we didn't know possesses the most menacing laugh in the universe. His intimate time with this exotic sedan was documented by videographer Marco Paolo Subido and photographer Mikko David.
The CLS63 AMG is the amped-up version of the second-generation CLS executive sedan, which was unveiled by the German carmaker late last year and began producing early this year. This car boasts a 5.5-liter biturbo V8 under its hood, with a maximum output of 525hp and a maximum torque of 700Nm. You read that right: The CLS63 AMG has a pair of turbochargers. Good luck to the Subaru STI dude who will dare challenge you to a stoplight race.
Just because it's a Merc, this car has all the expensive amenities your money can buy: dual-stage airbags all around; antilock and adaptive brakes; brake assist; brake pad wear indicator (very cool); three-stage electronic stability program; rollover sensor; backing-up camera; electronic immobilizer; keyless start system; IWC analog dashboard clock; tire pressure loss warning; seatbelt pretensioners; courtesy door lights; head-restraint system; Harman/Kardon surround-sound audio system; night view assist; Nappa leather seats; eco start/stop system; and automatic climate control.
And because this car flaunts the AMG badge, it has high-end features that are sure to make the next Mercedes-Benz owner feel like a loser (if that were possible). Consider: AMG 19-inch light alloy wheels; AMG seven-speed sports transmission; AMG body styling; AMG hood; AMG front fenders; AMG sports exhaust with chrome tailpipes; AMG LED daytime running lights; AMG wide-track front axle; AMG high-performance brake discs; AMG sports suspension with adjustable shocks; AMG brushed stainless steel door sills; AMG instrument cluster (with a 320kph speedometer); AMG steering wheel; and AMG sports seats.
For how much, you ask? A cool P13.8 million. If you have that much amount to burn, drive to the Mercedes-Benz showroom now. If you don't, well, there's always The Launch Pad. Enjoy the video and the photo gallery.
UPDATE: CATS Motors has announced that the pricing for the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG has been changed to P12.8 million.