Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class (C209)

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Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class (C209/A209)
Mercedes CLK200Kompressor Sportpaket front.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer Daimler AG
Production June 2002 – February 2010
Assembly
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size luxury car
Body style
Layout Longitudinal front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,715 mm (107 in)
Length 4,652 mm (183 in)
Width 1,740 mm (69 in)
Height 1,413 mm (56 in)
Kerb weight 1,465–1,685 kg (3,230–3,715 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class (C208/A208)
Successor Mercedes-Benz E-Class (C207/A207)

The C209/A209 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class is the second generation of the Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class range of mid-size / compact executive coupes produced between 2002 and 2010. The body styles of the range are:

In 2003, the CLK55 AMG was used as a F1 safety car. The CLK63 AMG was also used as a F1 safety car for the 2006 and 2007 seasons.[1]

It was replaced by the Mercedes-Benz C207/A207 E-Class in 2010.[2]

Development and launch[edit]

The C209/A209 CLK is based on the Mercedes W203 C-Class platform, and uses rack-and-pinion steering, instead of the recirculating ball design from the previous generation.[3] It also uses a three-link front suspension, and aluminium rear multi-link suspension.[3] Compared to its predecessor, the second generation CLK is 61 mm (2.4 in) longer, 18 mm (0.7 in) wider, and 28 mm (1.1 in) taller.[4]

At introduction, a 3.2-litre V6, 5.0-litre V8, 5.4-litre V8, and 2.7L inline-5 diesel engine was available, which were all replaced by 2006.[5]

Body styles[edit]

Coupé (C209)[edit]

The production version CLK was unveiled at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show.[6]

Convertible (A209)[edit]

Convertible CLK models feature a three-layered electric soft top, that can be operated via the keyfob or at speeds up to 8 km/h (5 mph) in 20 seconds.[7] Convertible models were originally manufactured by Karmann in Onsnabrück in 2003, but production was later moved to Bremen, Germany in 2004.[8]

Equipment[edit]

Standard equipment includes antilock brakes, electronic stability control, power seats, and dual-zone climate control.[9][10] Models were also offered in Elegance and Avantgarde specification.[11] Elegance models feature green-tinted glass, a grey coloured grille, 7-spoke polished 16-inch alloy wheels, and wood interior trim, while Avantgarde models featured blue-tinted glass, a black coloured grille, 5-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels, aluminium interior trim, as well as stiffer springs, thicker anti-roll bars, and a 15 mm (0.6 in) lower ride height.[12]

In 2005, a Sports edition, based on the Avantgarde specification, was introduced and featured six-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels, cross-drilled brake rotors, and bi-xenon headlights.[13][14] An AMG Sports package was also available, featuring a restyled front bumper, a spoiler lip on the boot, and 18-inch wheels. The Elegance and Avantgarde models were also updated, now featuring nine-spoke 16-inch wheels, and five spoke 17-inch wheels respectively.[15]

Models[edit]

Petrol engines[edit]

Model Year Engine Power Torque 0–100 km/h
CLK200
Kompressor
2002–2006 M271 E18
1.8 L I4
120 kW (161 hp)
@ 5,500 rpm
240 N⋅m (177 lb⋅ft)
@ 3,500 rpm
9.9 s
2007–2010 135 kW (181 hp)
@ 5,500 rpm
240 N⋅m (177 lb⋅ft)
@ 2,800 rpm
9.1 s
CLK200 CGI 2003–2005 M271 DE18
1.8 L I4
125 kW (168 hp)
@ 5,300 rpm
250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft)
@ 3,000 rpm
9.2 s
CLK240 2002–2005 M112 E26
2.6 L V6
125 kW (168 hp)
@ 4,500 rpm
240 N⋅m (177 lb⋅ft)
@ 4,500 rpm
9.5 s
CLK280 2005–2010 M272 E30
3.0 L V6
170 kW (228 hp)
@ 6,000 rpm
300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft)
@ 2,500 rpm
7.4 s
CLK320 2002–2005 M112 E32
3.2 L V6
160 kW (215 hp)
@ 5,700 rpm
310 N⋅m (229 lb⋅ft)
@ 3,000–4,600 rpm
7.9 s
CLK350 2005–2010 M272 E35
3.5 L V6
200 kW (268 hp)
@ 6,000 rpm
350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft)
@ 2,400–5,000 rpm
6.2 s
CLK500

(CLK550)

2002–2006 M113 E50
5.0 L V8
225 kW (302 hp)
@ 5,600 rpm
460 N⋅m (339 lb⋅ft)
@ 2,700–4,250 rpm
6.0 s
2007–2010 M273 E55
5.5 L V8
285 kW (382 hp)
@ 6,000 rpm
530 N⋅m (391 lb⋅ft)
@ 2,800–4,800 rpm
5.2 s
CLK55 AMG 2002–2006 M113 E55
5.4 L V8
270 kW (362 hp)
@ 5,750 rpm
510 N⋅m (376 lb⋅ft)
@ 4,000 rpm
4.7 s
CLK63 AMG 2006–2010 M156 E62
6.2 L V8
354 kW (475 hp)
@ 6,800 rpm
630 N⋅m (465 lb⋅ft)
@ 5,000 rpm
4.6 s

Diesel engines[edit]

Model Year Engine Power Torque 0–100 km/h
CLK220 CDI 2005–2009 OM646 DE22
2.1 L I4
110 kW (148 hp)
@ 4,200 rpm
340 N⋅m (251 lb⋅ft)
@ 2,000 rpm
10.4 s
CLK270 CDI 2002–2005 OM612 DE27
2.7 L I5
130 kW (174 hp)
@ 4,200 rpm
400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft)
@ 1,800–2,600 rpm
9.4 s
CLK320 CDI 2005–2010 OM642 DE30
3.0 L V6
165 kW (221 hp)
@ 3,800 rpm
510 N⋅m (376 lb⋅ft)
@ 1,400 rpm
6.9 s

Special models[edit]

CLK63 AMG Black Series[edit]

CLK 63 AMG Black Series
CLK DTM AMG

The CLK63 AMG Black Series is a high-performance version of the CLK63 AMG coupé, produced between 2007 and 2009.[16] It is powered by the M156 6.2 L (6,208 cc) V8, producing 500 bhp (507 PS; 373 kW) @ 6,800 rpm and 630 N⋅m (465 lb⋅ft) @ 5,250 rpm of torque and uses Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tyres and features Mercedes' SpeedShift 7G-Tronic transmission.[17][18] Additional features also include a manually adjustable suspension system, a limited-slip differential, larger air intakes, bucket seats, 19-inch alloy wheels, and a spoiler, diffuser, and wider fenders made of carbon fibre.[19] The rear seats have also been removed in order to save weight,[20] and the top speed has been extended to 299 km/h (186 mph).[21]

CLK DTM AMG[edit]

It was a limited edition high-performance version of the CLK, to celebrate the racing version of the CLK winning the German Touring Car Championship (DTM).[22] Only 100 coupés and 80 convertibles were built for the European market only, with the coupé version produced for the 2004 model year, and the convertible version made for the 2006 model year.[23] The powerplant is a supercharged 5,439 cc (5.4 L; 331.9 cu in) SOHC 3 valves per cylinder V8 engine rated at 428 kW (582 PS; 574 bhp) at 6100 rpm and 800 N⋅m (590 lb⋅ft) at 3500 rpm of torque, channeled through a Mercedes-Benz 5G-Tronic transmission to the rear wheels, capable of a top speed of 322 km/h (200 mph).[24]

Model year changes[edit]

2004[edit]

  • Handling improvements in the form of modified axle bearings and more direct steering[25]
  • COMAND 2.0 upgraded to DVD-based COMAND-APS system, introducing iPod integration[26]
  • Updated center console with improved layout and switches

2005 facelift[edit]

A facelift was introduced in June 2005. Major changes include:

  • Exterior design changes including: redesigned front and rear bumpers, grille with three louvres instead of four, and restyled tailights[27]
  • New 7G-Tronic automatic transmission replaces the old 5G-Tronic system[28]
  • The CLK240, CLK320, and CLK55 AMG are replaced by newer models[29][30]

2006[edit]

  • Introduction of CLK500 and CLK63 AMG models[31]
  • Introduction of Sports and AMG Sports package[32]

Sales figures[edit]

The following are the sales figures for the CLK in Europe and in the United States:[33][34]

Year EU total US total
2002 35,777 17,251
2003 54,305 19,230
2004 47,690 22,556
2005 34,601 18,227
2006 27,547 16,415
2007 22,117 15,009
2008 14,520 10,844
2009 8,416 7,150
2010 221 585
Total: 245,194 127,627

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