Photo Comparison: Mercedes-Benz CL vs. 2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe

6 Series Coupe | March 13th, 2011 by 30
Bildvergleich BMW 6er Coupe F13 Mercedes CL Heck 750x500

When it comes to market at the end of this year, the 2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe will compete in the same segment with the …

When it comes to market at the end of this year, the 2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe will compete in the same segment with the Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar XK and Lexus SC43. The new F13 6er Coupe builds atop the Concept revealed last year and showcases a fresh design with a combination of luxury and sportiness.

With the new BMW 6 Series, BMW has another opportunity to outline the new design language under chief designer Adrian Van Hooydonk. Escaping from the sometimes radical and adventurous Bangle design, the new 6er Coupe is an evolution of the previous model, but its design lines continue to emit a strong presence. We described the new 6 Series in a previous article, so feel free to head over.

Moving onto its main competitor, Mercedes-Benz. The CL model is being advertised as a full-sized grand tourer automobile. Originally derived from the SL-Class roadster, it has since been based on the S-Class sedan. Known at first as the SEC and later S coupe, it was spun off into its own, current name in 1998. The CL continues to follow the same development cycle as the S, though riding on a slightly shorter wheelbase.

Bildvergleich BMW 6er Coupe F13 Mercedes CL Front2 655x138

Bildvergleich BMW 6er Coupe F13 Mercedes CL Heck2 655x201The new W216 model was also officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, back in 2006. The 2011 facelift version of the Mercedes CL-Class made its world debut in July 2010 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The new CL-Class comes with an improved exterior and interior, but the biggest changes are found under the hood. The exterior gets a new grille, bi-xenon headlights with LED technology, LED fog lamps, revised fenders and hood, and new exhaust pipes. On the interior the biggest change is the addition of a new wood trim.

As always, we took the time to show the two cars side-by-side and from different angles. And yes, we acknowledge that the CL is an older model and a more fair comparison would be against the upcoming model.

Click on the photos below to enlarge!

[Photos: BimmerToday ]

30 responses to “Photo Comparison: Mercedes-Benz CL vs. 2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe”

  1. Frederico Silva says:

    Ahaha, the choice is so obvious that I even have pity for the MB xD

  2. Daniel Hoang says:

    Mercedes for elegence, BMW for sport.
    Luxury vs Fun…. Your choice

    • Kevinmawilah says:

      I love Mec, CL is the best of both those worlds although it was unfair to compare those, a 60L V12 Bi-Turbo with a standard 50L BMW just got F*cked from behind.

  3. AKSHAT says:

    SIDE : MERC :10
    BMW :9
    BMW :10
    FRONT :BMW:10
    OVERALL :BMW :39 OUT OF 40
    MERC:32 OUT OF 40




  4. pimeto says:

    lol, yeah – the choice is obvious!
    BMW all the way!
    And even the interior, that the Mercs are so famous for – the Mercedes looks like its from the 80s….


  5. tigerx says:

    Sometimes you compare, but this time it is sooo obvious!!!

  6. viper says:

    UNfair comparison.(bad for bmw)
    the 6er is a sports gt coupe
    its Visibly smaller than CL , some 20cm’s.
    the CL is a full sized luxury heavy coupe , easily fits four people , like the S class.
    when bmw decides to make a coupe that is based on 7 series then it would be a different story.probably.
    sporty interior for bmw! looks much better than MB’s but then again , this duo ain’t in the same league..
    I’d still go for the CL600 or AMG more than 650i or M6 , infact I would have both the CL and 650i.

  7. bob says:

    “With the new BMW 6 Series, BMW has another opportunity to outline the new design language under chief designer Adrian Van Hooydonk. Escaping from the sometimes radical and adventurous Bangle design…”

    I believe this to be false, as the *design language* for the current generation of BMWs, incl. F12-13, would have been developed under Bangle’s direction.

  8. Br says:

    BMW has made it this time. With the failure(kind of) of the convertible, the new coupe comes out combining elegance and luxury. The tremendous headlights are….. just too good!! I am sure if they have put them on the 7 series, the sales would be much higher( as well as the B&O surrounding sound package). Now the 7 series looks cheaper than the 6 series, while the 5 series is so near to the 7 (in terms of interior design and equipment).. But nevertheless, this coupe is really a successful one!! Waiting for the grancoupe and the i8!!

  9. X5SoB says:

    УРАААА! Ира прислала смс ку – ПИПА- взяла последний ЦАЦИБ в Краснодаре!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ируся поздравляем!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Маму в НОС поцелуйки!!!!!!!!!!

  10. JakeM says:

    Um, the CL is an S class based coupe whereas the 6er is more of an SL rival. What’s the point of this comparison when these two cars don’t even compete?

  11. Laszlo says:

    I think bangle went to work with MB. The CL looks bangled up. Again the CL is a 5 year old design (oke facelifted but still) and looks better then the bangled up 6er (old one)
    so this comparo is false but nevertheless the BMW wins hands down.

    How good is to look at the new BMW’s and see that very small bungleism is relevant now, most of it is gone !!! Finally !!!!

  12. d522 says:

    A spade vs a banana. ah ah ah ah ah

  13. d522 says:

    I mean a espada vs a banana

  14. viper says:

    I think this blog is kinda messed up now..a lot of haters are missing

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Or maybe we have a more mature readership that learned to ignore trolls.

    • wazon8 says:

      Viper, don’t be surprise. What’s the point in continuing in replying on senseless comments from trolls? Neither. People get bored since almost every single comment containts content that in fact doesn’t deserve any attention and each reply to it is simply ignored (not mentioning about offending interlocutors). If you’re not satisfied by how things changed, it’s time to look for another webside.

  15. totto says:

    The Mercedes is far cleaner and more elegant. The BMW full of their old styling cliches.

  16. totto says:

    The Mercedes styling is classic, elegant. The BMW is full of their over-used cliches.

  17. Anonymous says:

    The CL (CLS) look stunning from the front three quarters angle, but they look very bland in profile, direct front, or direct rear. The ass of the Bimmer is way sexier, especially now that the weird Bangle lump is gone. Their headlights seem almost identical to me, but the more aggressive shark-like lines of the BMW’s hood and its grille make it the clear winner. Having sat in the interior of both cars as recently as this week, the CL is very refined but somehow old fashioned. The BMW is top notch. 

  18. Jordan Gauger says:

    The new BMW’s are so ugly, Adrian Van Hooydonk has horrible taste and design skill. I really miss Chris Bangle, he kept BMW classy. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *