POWr Multi Slider

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Matchbox 2005 Mercedes CLS500



For 2017 the Mercedes-Benz name finally returns to the Matchbox and Hot Wheels line after nearly a decade's absence.  The reason for the absence: Mattel's refusal to put those chrome Daimler copyright decals on the packaging.  Well I guess M-B has relaxed the sticker requirement as the brand is now back at Mattel.  One of the sleekest Mercedes in the lineup is the one that started the four-door coupe sedan craze the CLS.







Click for Photo Gallery


With the new 2017 Best of World edition I brought out the first release in 2006 in burgundy.  The CLS was based on the E-class platform that it shared engine and drivetrain components with.  However, instead of the typical two-box look of a sedan the CLS goes for a streamline look of a coupe with a sloping roofline.  The front-end has L-shaped headlights that are detailed with a three bar grille and three point star in the middle, along with an aggressive lower front bumper with foglights.  The sides show off the sleek low roofline that is a hallmark to the CLS line.  The beltline also raises upward to give the car strong character.  Out back the taillights are slim triangles with a sloped trunk lid and dual exhausts.  The interior is just like any Mercedes with supportive front seats, tan leather, 4-spoke steering wheel, and nicely laid out dashboard with controls though the dashboard is slightly different for the CLS.  Matchbox did a great job with the interior even though the dashboard does look a bit out of shape.







Click for Photo Gallery


The biggest difference is the rear seats where a center console replaces the middle seat with headroom reduced and entry and exit a challenge due to the low roofline.  Powertrain and models are plenty, with this CLS500 sporting a 5.0L DOHC V8 that produces 306 horsepower and 301 Ib-ft of torque to the rear wheels by a five-speed automatic.  The CLS500 does 0-60 in 6.1 seconds, so not a downright exotic sports car but very quick for a sedan.  The CLS has some good handling characteristics even though it still feels like a typical four-door sedan.  Now the car has gone through several recolors (some colors were rather odd for a Mercedes), but now it returns in style for the new Best of World line for 2017.  A gorgeous metallic green with tan interior, much more crisper details than the 2006 version, and rubber tires on six-spoke wheels that will look familiar to you: they are borrowed from Hot Wheels and look excellent on this car.





Click for Photo Gallery


Lets hope Matchbox gets to use this casting more and while we're at it lets bring out a few more new Mercedes models as well.

No comments:

Post a Comment