AMGs make me go “OMG!”, but the CL600 7.0 AMG—better known as the CL70 AMG—makes me go “wait…what?”
When you talk about AMG cars, you’re used to placing the numbers “55” and “63” after the letter that designates the Mercedes-Benz model. Imagine my surprise when, one morning, I jump online to read my daily diecast digest and find that LS Collectibles is releasing this car called the CL600 7.0 AMG.
So I diligently did my homework, and now I’m ready to spit the facts—or what little of it is out there—right back at you.
I’m going to bet that most haven’t heard of this car before, and for a reason. This isn’t just another cookie-cutter AMG that you’ll find in the valet lot of a high-end urban shopping center. Real-world examples of the CL70 are exceedingly rare, with a purported two dozen units built and rumored to be sold only in Asian markets, though these unicorns have certainly exchanged hands (and continents) over the years. The standard CL600 AMG runs on a 6.0-liter M120 engine, but AMG at one point offered an alternative powerplant, the M297, for those seeking more.
Now does that one sound familiar to you? If you’re an automotive savant, you’ll recognize it as the engine that powers the mighty Pagani Zonda.
So the next time you find one of these poorly parked along the curb of a bustling downtown promenade littered with overpriced boutique stores and fancy restaurants that have more outdoor seating than inside—you won’t—your mind should be flooding with images of a certain arrow-shaped hypercar rather than a big-body Benz.
Available in an array of colors—the standard neutrals in addition to a gorgeous emerald green—the LS Collectibles CL70 is an absolute treat to behold. Red was my second choice behind green, but my go-to retailer didn’t have any of those available; no harm though, because the red is much more stunning in person than in product photos. I spent a good few minutes doing a 360-degree walk-through and eating up all of the details, pretending as though I’m seeing the real thing in person for the first time, getting a feel for what the car looks like, inside and out, and observing all of its design quirks. Mercedes-Benz vehicles of this era are timeless designs, and AMG’s tuning magic adds extra spice to M-B’s sugar.
I do have to point out some major quality concerns with this model, though. One is regarding the chrome trim stickers running along the wheelbase; the strip on the left side is curling at the ends, and the one on the right isn’t glued down towards the center, creating an unsightly arc visible from most angles. The second is the decal that decorates the center console of the interior, which has already starting peeling. The set of photos presented in this review was taken before any attempts to “fix” the imperfections. Your results may vary, but this rare gem of a car is worth the trouble, much like owning a life-sized Mercedes-Benz is.
I would like to personally applaud LS Collectibles and the Lucky Step team for stepping outside the box on this one. Seasoned collectors already own most of the aforementioned cookie-cutter material, so it's the obscure, odds and ends of the automotive world that are actually the most appealing. The CL600 7.0 AMG definitely fits under that description. Besides, anything from our beloved Affalterbach-based German tuner is fair game for the collection, and now I get the satisfaction of parking LS’s bright red CL70 next to two of its siblings from my miniature garage, Ottomobile’s SL73 AMG and Top Speed’s Zonda F.
Talk about a family reunion!