2005 MercedesBenz CLK55 AMG Cabriolet Review

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2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG Review



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Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG Cabriolet For of Mercedes-Benz performance, the letters AMG are They stand for the names of the founders, Hans Werner and Erhard Melcher, and Aufrecht’s of Grossapach, Germany. Aufrecht and were long-time Mercedes-Benz who left in 1967 to found primarily to build racing based on Mercedes-Benz sedans.

came in the early 1970s, and by the of that decade, AMG began to cars for the street. Based on Mercedes-Benz sedans and coupes, found a ready market in and Asia. None of the early AMG were U.S.-legal, but some in through «gray market» import channels. There is like prohibition to increase and make something more after. The premier late-1980s the 1987 E-Class-based 300E 5.6 powered by a 360-horsepower 5.6-liter V8, legendary.

In 1990, AMG signed an with Mercedes-Benz allowing AMG to be sold in Mercedes-Benz dealerships of Germany. Cooperation between the two increased, and the 1993 introduction of the saw the C36 AMG. The C36 became the first AMG to be imported into the U.S. in In 1999, DaimlerChrysler became the owner of AMG. Cash equals greater production and that led to AMG versions, including versions, as the top model of nearly Mercedes-Benz class. One of these is the AMG.

As can be guessed from the name, the is the performance leader of the CLK class of coupes and cabriolets. As with AMG vehicles, AMG takes the basic and substitutes its own engine, transmission, and brakes, and makes changes to interior and exterior styling. other CLK models have a 3.2-liter V6 (CLK320) or 302-hp V8 (CLK500), the CLK55 AMG has a specially-tuned 362-hp V8. The transmission and suspension are modified, and there are subtle not so subtle) changes to the bodywork and

But all CLK models share the basic and that’s good news. The CLK chassis, introduced in coupe in 2003 and as a cabriolet in 2004, is more rigid than the generation chassis. I recently a week with a CLK55 AMG The original CLK cabrio had noticeable shake. Even with 362 and 376 lb-ft of torque, and an exquisitely suspension, the CLK55 AMG cabrio was solid, even on bumpy My time with the CLK55 was not exactly classic convertible — the top stayed up except for one window between showers. No — any convertible is good it’s sunny and the top is down, but bad is the best time to tell how well-made a drop-top car is. In any form, the CLK cabrio offers first-class and style. In CLK55 trim, add performance.

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APPEARANCE: Although the second-generation styling is mostly evolutionary, is one difference. The grille, instead of a modification of the Mercedes-Benz passenger car as before, is now based on the company’s and roadster grille, as developed in the SL from 1955 to today. wider and lower, for a lower line, and prominently features the three-pointed star in the center. As has Mercedes style for the past few the front fender line back from the twin-oval In profile, with the top up the cabrio is similar to the coupe in roofline, and the rear fenders give a look of performance. The rear is heated glass, and visibility, is little less than in the The AMG models have unique styling. Echoing styling seen on the SL and SLK, the front has the look of the nose wings of one of the Formula One race cars, lower side sill and a «diffuser»-type rear treatment the look of contemporary performance. The wheels, with ultra-low tires, fill the wheel but are not excessive. The brakes, with six front and four-piston rear and large vented, cross-drilled, and rotors, look impressive. work as well as they too.

COMFORT: At all levels, the CLK’s combines luxury comfort and with a sporty look, but no so than in the CLK55. An elegantly design is enhanced by aluminum around the VDO/AMG gauges, on the stack, and on the door and glovebox The interface for Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND and control system has gotten simpler over the years, to the of being almost intuitive. storage spaces, including a two-layer center console and add convenience. The CLK55 gets AMG seats, and they are firm and for fatigue-free driving. There is interior room than in the CLK, especially in the 2+2 rear Four medium-sized adults fit in the car And there is a reasonably-sized trunk, with the top down some will be sacrificed. The top goes up or at the touch of a button, with no latching necessary.

SAFETY: Think of a safety in a modern car, and you’re thinking of a Mercedes-Benz innovation. passive safety equipment on the cabrio includes front and crumple zones, automatic bars, side-impact beams, front, rear side, and head/thorax airbags. Active is enhanced by good handling, antilock brakes with brake force distribution, control, and the ESP electronic stability system.

RIDE AND HANDLING: to the CLK coupe, the cabrio has reinforcements to its unibody structure to compensate for lost by removing the top. on a par with the coupe for rigidity, and has less cowl shake its predecessor. AMG has taken advantage of the CLK rigid structure with a suspension that is firm for handling appropriate to its performance with virtually no body in hard cornering, yet is supple, absolutely no harshness. It’s a car for any distance, in any reasonable weather, not a short-term, sunny-day convertible.

PERFORMANCE: There is a technique in engine building called in which each moving is matched for weight and dimension. rods are as close to each in weight as possible; ditto for and valves. This is pretty what AMG does to each in an AMG Mercedes, and each is hand-assembled by one The result is an engine as smooth and as possible, and one that can reliably more power. And there is no shortage in the CLK55, with 362 at 5750 rpm and a very healthy 376 of torque peaking at 4000. torque gets to the rear by way of an AMG-modified five-speed automatic adaptive shift logic and manual mode controlled by on the steering wheel. It shifts more quickly and authoritatively the standard Mercedes transmission which it is based. With all torque, shifting is an option, not a but it does add to driving enjoyment. The brakes allow the CLK55 to as easily as it goes.

CONCLUSIONS: The original CLK was oriented toward luxury than In the new generation, both are about except in the CLK55 AMG, the same luxury level is by serious performance.

Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG Base
Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG Base

Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG Base


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