2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS55 AMG

MOMA mia! Benz puts the E-Class on a tall, fast pedestal.

For once, I am flummoxed. I cannot fathom whether my experience of Mercedes-Benz's new CLS55 AMG has been an automotive one or an aesthetic one. Is it a car, or is it art? For more than a century, artists and critics, snobs and dilettantes have been struggling to devise a satisfactory definition for "modern art." It's a concept notoriously difficult to pin down. Now, there's yet another moving target - literally - to elude one's comprehension.

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