Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class

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Mercedes-Benz CLK
CLK 209 (Cabriolet).jpg
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Production 1996–2009
Assembly Bremen, Germany
Monterrey, Mexico
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size grand tourer
Body style 2-door coupé
2-door convertible
Layout FR layout
Predecessor Mercedes-Benz E-Class (C124/A124)
Successor Mercedes-Benz E-Class (C207/A207)

The Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class is a mid-size rear-wheel drive luxury coupe and convertible based on the W202 and W203 platforms of the C-Class.[1][2]

Now in its second generation, the CLK name derives from the German Coupe-Leicht-Kurz, translated Coupe-Light-Short.

First generation (1996–2003; C208/A208)[edit]

Main article: Mercedes-Benz C208
second generation (C208/A208)
2000-2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK 320 (A208) Elegance cabriolet 01.jpg
Production 1996–2003
Designer Michael Fink (1993)
Body and chassis
Related Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR
Engine 2.0L 134 horsepower (100 kW)I4
2.0L Kompressor 189 horsepower (141 kW)I4
2.3L Kompressor 210 horsepower (160 kW)I4
3.2L 215 horsepower (160 kW) V6
4.3L 300 horsepower (220 kW) V8
5.4L 367 hp V8
Transmission 4 or 5-speed automatic
Wheelbase 105.9 in (2,690 mm)
Length 2000–02: 180.3 in (4,580 mm)
1997–99: 180.2 in (4,577 mm)
Width 67.8 in (1,722 mm)
Height 2000–02 convertible: 54.3 in (1,379 mm)
2000–02 coupe: 54.0 in (1,372 mm)
1997–99: 53.0 in (1,346 mm)

The first-generation CLK was introduced in 1996, 3 years after the 1st generation (W202) C-Class model.

Versions offered in the first generation were the CLK 200 (136 metric horsepower (100 kW; 134 bhp)), CLK 200 Kompressor (163 metric horsepower (120 kW; 161 bhp)), CLK 230 Kompressor (193 metric horsepower (142 kW; 190 bhp) and new motor with 197 metric horsepower (145 kW; 194 bhp)), CLK 320 (218 metric horsepower (160 kW; 215 bhp)), CLK 430 (279 metric horsepower (205 kW; 275 bhp)) and the CLK 55 AMG (372 metric horsepower (274 kW; 367 bhp)). All were available in both coupé and convertible form.

The CLK 320 Coupé was introduced in the 1997 model year, powered by a 3.2 L V6 engine. The CLK GTR racing coupé appeared in 1998, powered by a 6.9 L V12 engine, along with the production of 25 road-going CLK GTRs. The CLK 320 Cabriolet and the 4.3 L V8-powered CLK 430 appeared in 1999. The high-performance CLK 55 AMG, which was introduced first in Europe in 2000, was powered by the "M113" 5.4 L V8 engine. The CLK 55 AMG cabriolet became available in 2002, the last year of this body style.

In late 1999 for the 2000 model year, a facelift was launched which incorporated, among others, a revised instrument cluster with a bigger multifunction display, steering wheel with controls for the multifunction display and radio, Tiptronic automatic gearbox, revised bumpers and new side skirts and side-view mirror-mounted turn signals.

Second generation (2002–2009; C209/A209)[edit]

Main article: Mercedes-Benz C209
Second generation (C209/A209)
03-06 Mercedes-Benz CLK.jpg
Production 2002–2009
Body and chassis
Related Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
Engine 1.8L 184 horsepower (137 kW) I4
2.1L 150 horsepower (110 kW) CDI diesel I4
2.7L 170 horsepower (130 kW) CDI diesel I5
3.0L 224 horsepower (167 kW) CDI diesel V6
3.0L 231 horsepower (172 kW) V6
3.2L 218 horsepower (163 kW) V6
3.5L 268 horsepower (200 kW) V6
5.0L 302 horsepower (225 kW) V8
5.4L 362 horsepower (270 kW) V8
5.5L 382 horsepower (285 kW) V8
6.2L 475 horsepower (354 kW) V8
Transmission 5-speed automatic
7-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 106.9 in (2,715 mm)
Length 2007–09: 183.2 in (4,653 mm)
2003–06: 182.6 in (4,638 mm)
Width 68.5 in (1,740 mm)
Height Convertible: 54.4 in (1,382 mm)
Coupe: 55.4 in (1,407 mm)
AMG Coupe: 55.7 in (1,415 mm)

The CLK coupé was redesigned for 2003, with the cabriolet following in 2004. This generation of the CLK-Class is 61 mm (2.4 in) longer, 18 mm (0.7 in) wider and 28 mm (1.1 in) higher than its predecessor.

  • The CLK 270 CDI features a 2.7 L, 5 Cylinder engine and a five-speed tiptronic transmission.
  • The CLK 320 features a 3.2 L, 18-valve single overhead cam (SOHC) V6 engine and a five-speed automatic transmission. The CLK320 was replaced by the CLK350 for 2006.
  • The CLK 350 features a 3.5 L, 24-valve dual overhead cam (DOHC) V6 engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission.
2007–2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK550 convertible (US)
  • The CLK 500 features a 5.0 L, 24-valve SOHC V8 engine and, in 2005, a seven-speed automatic transmission was introduced. It received a new 5.5 L 32-valve DOHC V8 engine in 2007 (in America, it was called CLK 550 from 2007).
Rear view of a CLK 55 AMG
  • The CLK 55 AMG features a 5.4 L, 24-valve SOHC V8 engine and a 5-speed automatic transmission. The base price is US$69,900 for the coupé and US$87,000 for the cabriolet. The CLK55 AMG coupé was dropped in North America after the 2005 model year, though the cabriolet is still offered. The CLK55 was replaced by the CLK63 for 2007.
  • The CLK63 AMG features a 6.2L V8 with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Available in both Coupé and Cabriolet, the CLK63 boasts 481 hp (354 kW) and 465 lb·ft (630 Nm) of torque. Compared to its predecessor the CLK63 has 31% more power and 23% more torque. The CLK63 was used as the safety car in Formula One. It accelerates from 0–60 mph in 4.3 seconds.
  • The CLK63 AMG Black Series features a 6.2L V8 with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Only available in Coupé, the CLK 63 BS delivers 507 hp (373 kW) and 465 lb·ft (630 Nm) of torque. It accelerates from 0–60 mph in 4.2 seconds. Other features include removed rear seats, an upgraded rear axle, and a fully adjustable suspension system.

In Europe there was also the CLK 200 K (1.8 I4), CLK 220 CDI (2.1 I4 diesel), CLK 240 (2.6 V6), CLK 270 CDI (2.7 I5 diesel), CLK 280 (3.0 V6), CLK 320 CDI (3.0 V6 diesel); (all standard with 6-speed manual transmission, automatic transmission is optional)

2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series

Each model seats four and in the US this includes an all-leather interior with burled walnut trim. For Europe the models are available as "Elegance" or "Avantgarde" versions, basically Luxury or Sport specification where the Elegance uses burled walnut trim and polished alloy wheels the Avantgarde uses alloy trim and wider, sportier wheels. The price and specification for European models is otherwise the same. The 4 cyl. cars wear 16" wheels While the CLK320, CLK350 and CLK500 come with 17 inch (432 mm) alloy wheels, the CLK55 AMG sports 18 inch (457 mm) wheels. The cabriolets have a remote-operated automatic soft-top and sensor-controlled roll bars. Since 2000, all US cars come standard with a Tele Aid emergency assistance system, automatic dual-zone air conditioning, 10-way power front seats and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Seven-channel digital surround sound comes standard. A Keyless Go system, navigation system, Parktronic system, and bi-xenon HID headlamps are all available as options. All models come with four side airbags. European cars differ considerably and are usually down-specced depending on the buyer's needs.

2010–present (C207/A207)[edit]

Main article: Mercedes-Benz W212

A two-door E-Class Coupe was introduced as part of the new eighth-generation E-Class, at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, as Mercedes-Benz intended to leverage the better-known E-Class nameplate. Unlike the CLK-class, the new E-Class Coupe shares more (up to 60% of its parts) with the W212 E-Class sedan.[3] It will be produced in Bremen.[1] [1][2]

CLK GTR and CLK DTM[edit]

The Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR was a V12 mid-engine race car developed for the 1997 FIA GT championships. It shared only lights and other exterior similarities with the normal CLK. Production of the required 25 road cars began in late 1998.

A special version of the CLK is the CLK DTM AMG sports car, which looks similar to the full race car for the German Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters racing series which has to use a normally aspirated 4.0 L V8, limited to less than 500 hp. 100 Coupés and 80 Convertibles were released for sale in Europe, using AMG's supercharged 5.4 L V8, now producing 428 kW (582 hp) and 800 N·m (590 lb·ft). The front and rear track are widened by 2.9 and 4.2 inches (74 and 110 mm) respectively, and special tires and suspension modifications allow the car to pull 1.35 g (13 m/s²) of lateral acceleration. 0–100 km/h acceleration is just 3.8 seconds, and top speed is limited to 322 km/h (200 mph). In Germany, the car cost 236,060 euro after taxes. The CLK DTM AMG was only produced for the 2004 model year and the initial release of the vehicle was limited to special order or invitation of ownership.

Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM cabriolet

In addition to hard top CLK DTM AMG, 80 convertible versions of CLK DTM were made for 2006 model year, titled Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet. Compared to the coupé version, a speed limiter further reduces its top speed to 300 km/h (likely due to the top not able to withstand higher wind forces safely).

Owners of the CLK DTM Cabriolet includes former McLaren Mercedes Formula One drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Mika Häkkinen. Häkkinen competed in the DTM 2005–2007. Former McLaren Mercedes Formula One driver Kimi Räikkönen and current McLaren Mercedes Driver Jenson Button both own the hard top version of the CLK DTM.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Shunk, Chris (2009-05-19). "2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe a C-Class underneath? — Autoblog". Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  2. ^ a b "2010 Mercedes-Benz E550C First Test – Mercedes E-Class Coupe Test and Review". Motor Trend. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  3. ^ "2010 Correction- Mercedes E-Class Coupe Is More Than 60 Percent Based On E-Class". 2010-08-11. Retrieved 2010-10-01. 

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