Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class: More Dynamic and Appealing Than Ever
For many years now, the letters CLK have been synonymous with fascinating coupe design and open-air driving pleasure. In the current range, sleek looks, a spacious interior and lots of equipment combine with a wide range of powerful engines and excellent chassis dynamics to serve up a driving experience that is more irresistible than ever.
Customers can choose from seven engines, two types of transmission, three design and trim lines and numerous attractive colour combinations.
In 2005 the range underwent a major upgrade, with redesigned frontal styling, numerous technical innovations for even more safety and comfort and new engine derivatives.
Since the debut of the CLK range, engine choice has been expanded and progressively developed to provide greater output while simultaneously boosting fuel efficiency.
The latest CLK Coupe and Cabriolet models are available with five different petrol engines; in addition, Coupé customers have the choice of two state-of-the-art diesel engines.
The TWINPULSE system of the four cylinder CLK 200 KOMPRESSOR combines numerous advanced technologies – including balancer shafts, supercharger, intercooler, variable valve timing and four valves per cylinder – to ensure low fuel consumption, sheer driving pleasure and a level of refinement similar to that of a six-cylinder model.
From November 2006, output has been raised 21 hp to 184 hp at 5,500 rpm. Torque is also increased, up from 240 Nm at 3,000 rpm to 250 Nm between 2,800 and 5,000 rpm for even greater flexibility. Fuel economy remains unaltered, yet acceleration and top speeds are boosted. The manual Coupé reaches 62 mph in 8.8 seconds and goes on to 147 mph, for example.
The CLK 280 (which replaced the CLK 240) features a 3.0 litre V6 producing 231 hp, 36 per cent more power than its predecessor, while the torque has been boosted 25 per cent. The 272 hp CLK 350 (which replaced the CLK 320) offers 25 per cent more output and 13 per cent more torque.
Acceleration from 0-62 mph is just 7.4 seconds in the CLK 280 coupe and 6.4 seconds in the CLK 350 coupe. Equivalent figures for the Cabriolet are 7.8 and 6.7 seconds respectively.
From summer 2006, CLK 500 models feature the newly developed 5.5-litre V8 petrol engine which produces an impressive 388 bhp and boasts peak torque of 530 Nm (this engine replaces the 306 hp 24-valve 5.0-litre V8). The coupe reaches 62 mph in 5.2 seconds, with the Cabriolet only 0.1 second behind, yet they still manage to return excellent combined fuel consumption figures of 24.8 and 24.4 mpg, respectively.
The flagship CLK 63 AMG also launched in summer 2006 is designed to create an unforgettable driving experience. Its exhilarating, high-revving 6208 cc V8 naturally aspirated engine develops a maximum power output of 481 hp at 6800 rpm compared with the 367 hp 5.5 litre V8 of the CLK 55 AMG which it replaces.
Its tremendous flexibility is such that it delivers 500 Nm of torque from just 2000 rpm, reaching a peak of 630 Nm at 5000 rpm.
The CLK 63 AMG delivers truly explosive performance: the Coupe sprints from standstill to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds (down from 5.2), with the Cabriolet taking 4.7 seconds (down from 5.4). Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. (There is a separate CLK 63 AMG pack which provides full details of these models.)
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