Celebrating 100 years since the birth of the Mercedes-Benz three-point star and laurel wreath logo, Mercedes will be releasing the 2010 CL550 4Matic “100 Years Of Mercedes-Benz Edition.” As the records dictate, the iconic Mercedes-Benz emblem seen today began life as two separate logos, trademarked independently of each other in 1909 by Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft officially registered the design of the Mercedes star and Benz & Cie, respectively. In 1925, a year before the two companies merged to form Mercedes-Benz, Daimler’s 3-point Mercedes star surrounded by Benz’s laurel wreath was registered as the new joint logo.
The CL550 100 Years Of Mercedes-Benz Edition pays homage to the distinct origins of the logo and features bronze-plated replicas of the 3-point star and laurel wreath displayed prominently atop the center console. To further add to the CL550’s exclusivity, the special edition Merc also comes equipped with a few AMG accessories, including front and rear aprons, side skirts, stainless steel sports pedals, and painted brake callipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering. Additionally, Mercedes also outfitted the centennial CL550 with 20″ 5 twin-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels painted in titanium grey that will remain limited as only available on the CL550 100 Years model. Beneath the hood, the special edition CL550 features the same 5.5L V8 engine as the standard CL550 Coupe and is capable of generating 382-horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque. Interior amenities are generous and include all the components of the Premium 2 package as standard equipment.
Scheduled to hit the market in summer 2009, pricing for the CL550 100 Years of Mercedes-Benz Edition has yet to be announced, be we expect it to fall somewhere within the $107,900 price range of its base model brethren.