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Bolstered by a new V8 engine 285 kW/388 hp, the CLK 500 Coupé and Cabriolet now serve up sports car-esque pleasure.

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The developed 5.5-litre V8 engine a peak torque of 530 Nm (outgoing 460 Nm), allowing the CLK-Class to a virtuoso performance: the sprint 0 to 60 mph takes just 5.2 seconds model: 5.9 seconds), while the top is 250 km/h (electronically limited). the 26 per cent boost in power, combined fuel consumption at an impressive 11.4 — l per 100 km, matching the excellent figure by the previous model.

Now customers can upgrade their CLK models by the sports and styling package, includes leather multicontour metallic paintwork, an AMG ergonomic steering wheel with paddles (with the automatic and aluminium sports pedals. The six and petrolengined versions with an transmission boast the special Sport seven-speed transmission in the CLK 350 and 500).

The appearance of the Mercedes-Benz also expresses the increased of the extensively upgraded coupe and The redesigned front bumpers their striking wedge and larger air intakes create a dominant look, as does the radiator grille with instead of the previously four In the future, the CLK’s AVANTGARDE line will feature five-spoke alloy wheels as while the ELEGANCE line have nine-spoke alloy (16-inch; 17-inch wheels for the CLK 320 CDI and

With their proverbial to detail, the Mercedes designers not only upgraded the CLK’s but also ensured that the equipment lines have even more distinct. The line vehicles will, for be equipped with new black coverings as standard, consisting of a of fabric and ARTICO imitation Alternatively, an all-new leather is available as an option in which door centre panels and side panels feature colours. The AVANTGARDE’s instrument comes with a matte faceplate, white dials special lettering, and chrome for the round gauges.

In terms of features, the package comprises AMG light-alloy wheels, AMG bodystyling for the front and rear apron and the skirt panels — as as an AMG spoiler lip on the boot lid and a chromed AMG tailpipe. These visual lend both the Cabriolet and the an even more dynamic Plus the sports suspension and front brake discs the CLK even more of a pleasure to The sports and styling package is now for € 4402.00 (5495$) 16 % VAT).


To an ever extent, design worlds are flowing into one another and their influences from a pool. Mercedes-Benz and the renowned design guru Giorgio have recognised this and now created a remarkable crossover car design and fashion design. The takes the form of the “Mercedes-Benz CLK by Giorgio Armani”. The fashion has remodelled this exclusive limited-edition version of the four-seater -Benz CLK 500 Cabriolet and has remodelled to express his refined sense of the and his hallmark style. Indeed, special model, limited to 100 units, rapidly found its way customers’ hearts. Mercedes-Benz is supplying the first of these cars in Giorgio Armani to its customers. A unique matt tone of paint was chosen to core Giorgio Armani harmoniously matched with an appointed with luxury to project a refined and at the same sporty masculine image.

worked brown designo and high-tech textiles

The interior covers and a silky smooth foil echo the tone of paintwork creating a harmonious between inside and out. Armani also achieved effects by taking these out of their familiar context and them in an unusual manner to something altogether new. In instance, he drew together the intricately worked brown leather and high-tech textiles the world of sports clothing. The structure and restrained sheen of fine-weave fabric delivers ventilation on the seats. Stylish leather pockets behind and passenger seats not only storage space, they demonstrate just how much and attention went into these materials.

The upper of the instrument panel has a slightly anthracite finish to avoid reflections in the windscreen. The lower is in the “sabbia” tone, creating a and also echoing the paint of the vehicle exterior.

The driver the “Mercedes-Benz CLK designo by Giorgio using an anthracite-coloured multifunction wheel clad in perforated making it pleasant to the touch also providing perfect

Inside the car, Giorgio has focused deliberately on classic veneers, dispensing entirely chrome to cut down on reflected as much as possible. Instead, the finishers are all covered in brown leather and all metal finisher are coloured with a prestigious finish known as the “aged The centre console also the embossed lettering “designo by Armani”.

Open-air motoring for four people

The technology of the “Mercedes-Benz CLK designo by Giorgio is the CLK 500 Cabriolet. This guarantees technology and fascinating styling, as as open-air motoring pleasure in comfort for four people.

The CLK designo by Giorgio Armani“ is with the new design of front created in April 2005, distinctive arrow markings and air intake ducts as well as the 3-slat radiator grille. The appearance of Giorgio Armani’s CLK-Class Cabriolet is further by the addition of AMG body styling These include dynamic and rear aprons, emphatic skirts and 18-inch AMG light-alloy painted vehicle colour and low profile tyres: 225/40 R 18 and 255/35 R 18 (rear).

The V8 engine 225 kW/306 hp and accelerates the Cabriolet nought to 100 km/h in just 6.2 Despite this tremendous the engine only consumes litres of fuel per 100 kilometres fuel consumption). Twinned the new 7G-TRONIC, the only automatic car in the world with seven and two reverse gear ratios and the tuned sports suspension, car guarantees its owner unbridled and a superlative motoring experience.

An exceptionally robust body automatic rollover protection, airbags for driver and passenger, side airbags as standard for and front seat passenger, seat side bags, tensioners on all seats and a sensor-controlled bar assure high standards of safety.

Exclusive equipment as standard

In keeping with challenging standards, the Giorgio styled CLK Cabriolet satisfies every conceivable wish in of interior appointment. Standard includes the ultra-convenient THERMOTRONIC air-conditioning system with sun stereo radio and surround system with ten speakers and 40 Watt amplifier power, operated front seats memory function, seat low-beam assistant, PARKTRONIC, sensor for the windscreen wipers and control with SPEEDTRONIC.

Armani came into with the world of automotive through his meeting with

The idea behind the joint venture between the Stuttgart-based car and the Milan-based fashion designer after a successful world of Giorgio Armani exhibits in sponsored by Mercedes-Benz. In close with the DaimlerChrysler Advanced Center in the northern Italian of Como, Giorgio Armani into contact with the of automotive design for the first After jointly creating a car which was unveiled at Milan Week in the autumn of 2003, the and Chief Executive of Giorgio Group stated: “There is justification for Mercedes-Benz laying to the outstanding quality, style and of its cars. It was most interesting for me to just how many areas of ground are in fact shared by our philosophies and our approaches to work.”

The body of the new Mercedes Cabriolet is on the extremely solid CLK-Class platform, featuring an elegant of panels that scores top for torsional stiffness, stability, and aerodynamics.

Hence the ingredients for a cabriolet exuding classic qualities were there from the start. In short, the structure of the CLK Cabriolet is just as as that of the impressive Coupé, the absence of the roof structure. Two were crucial in enabling the to achieve this objective: use of materials and a host of additional measures.

Around 40 percent of the new CLK bodyshell is made from steel alloys an increase of 15 compared to the previous model. sheet steel a material minimises weight whilst stability is used for the majority of the that are decisive for ensuring the level of crash safety and service life typical of vehicles. Mercedes-Benz has succeeded in optimising torsional stiffness, an factor in determining the body’s response: the figure is now down to mm per metre, which is around percent less than the posted by the previous CLK Cabriolet. bending resistance measured on the tunnel is more than percent lower than the exemplary level recorded by the model.

Diagonal struts on the also play an important in ensuring the exemplary vibration of the Cabriolet body. At the front they connect the integral subframe on which the engine, and front axle are mounted to the edge of the side members. At the the struts on both sides are to the side members and an additional wheel well reinforcement. The damper attached to the front also makes an important towards the high level of in the new Mercedes Cabriolet. It is designed and to ensure that its moving weight (8.9 kg) compensates for vibrations which would be felt on the steering wheel and in the interior.

Front and rear easy-repair technology with boxes

As they did for the C-Class, S-Class and SL-Class, the Mercedes have developed special and rear modules which crash energy at impact of up to 15 km/h, thus ensuring the supporting structures behind undamaged. Bolted connections the modules cheap and easy to eliminating the need for straightening, and repainting.

The front module of a series of components that are together. At its core are two steel boxes and an extruded aluminium In addition, there are two brackets for the radiator and, on both multi-section steel frames for the headlamps in the front module. At the the replaceable body module consists of two steel crash and an aluminium crossmember, capable of crash energy at impact of up to 15 km/h.

The doors of the new CLK Cabriolet of one inner and one outer sheet-steel with several reinforcing There is also a flexible, bracket in the lower section, reduces deformation in the event of a impact. Mercedes-Benz used material to develop separate for securing the door hinges, the aim to further enhance load in these areas.

Boot integrated aerials for radio, and telephone

The boot lid is yet another feature of the Cabriolet body, the high-grade plastic is of major in terms of the Cabriolet’s elegant this particular high-tech enables the aerials for short, and long-wave radio reception as as the aerials for the optional car phone and system to be integrated in the boot lid so they remain out of sight. is not possible with conventional designs, since signal would be impaired. Further are built into the windscreen.

prevention: double-coated panels

The bodyshell is practically immune to by virtue of its galvanised panels. In around half of these panels are treated with an paint that also zinc pigments. Extensive panelling made of fibreglass-reinforced enables the Mercedes engineers to with conventional, environmentally underfloor protection made PVC. The paints used for the new Cabriolet are all environmentally compatible, products, which fulfil Mercedes quality criteria in of colour, gloss, resistance to scratch-proof properties and chip Like all Mercedes passenger the new CLK Cabriolet is covered by the 30-year warranty.

Dimensions: larger for even more space and

With an exterior length of mm, the CLK-Class Cabriolet and Coupé are unique within the Mercedes when it comes to body They are positioned between the and the E-Class in this regard: the is 112 mm longer than the C-Class and 180 mm shorter than the Mercedes-Benz Compared to its predecessor, the new CLK Cabriolet is 71 mm 18 mm wider and 33 mm higher. These dimensions mean that the and passengers now enjoy even space and comfort.

Fabric filigree design offering a of benefits

Development of the fabric was based on a combination of the latest acquired by experienced cabriolet and state-of-the-art technology. The new CLK Cabriolet betters the already high of its predecessor in this discipline When developing the Cabriolet, the aim of the and engineers was to recreate the powerfully roof line and elegant, C-pillar configuration of the Coupé so as to two key elements of the CLK design. This aim has achieved as the two-door Cabriolet an impeccable figure and displays sporty elegance whether the is raised or lowered. This is reinforced by the extremely smooth surface of the soft-top as well as a technology that ensures a fabric tension at all times.

In the CLK design concept incorporating A-pillars and C-pillars, large, side windows and an 8.5 percent rear window provides with real added on a practical level: all-round is now more than 85 percent turning, changing lanes, or parking a new record in this segment.

Insulation: exemplary damping and superb winter

The new fabric soft-top for the CLK Cabriolet of around 830 parts that are together by hand in an assembly involving some 550 different The soft-top frame is a steel-aluminium with its main mounts connected to the body at three This frame is spanned by an multi-layer fabric roof:

The three-layer fabric soft-top is in black, blue or grey.

The non-woven padding is around 25 mm and covers the entire roof as well as the insides of the C-pillars and the next to the rear window. The have thus provided heat insulation, meaning the CLK Cabriolet is just at home in as it is in summer. In conjunction with aeroacoustic measures, the soft-top ensures highly effective insulation. At 160 km/h the interior level is 76 decibels at the front and decibels at the rear (dB (A)). It is audibly lower by up to 1.9 dB (A) than in the of the predecessor model, meaning the new CLK Cabriolet also sets the in its class when it comes to operation.

The interior lining the third layer of the fabric and also covers the entire area. It is available in pebble or alpaca grey.

Operation: automatic soft-top opening in 20

One simple operation is all it takes to the fully automatic soft-top: the push-pull switch on the centre or the remote control device in the key trigger the soft-top hydraulics in an With the help of an electric the drive unit below the well generates a pressure of 190 bar for a total of seven cylinders. 13 limit switches and an ECU monitor the sequence which takes no than 20 seconds.

Before the disappears under the cover the air-domes at the rear of the CLK Cabriolet, the lowerable side windows are automatically, so as to ensure unbridled driving enjoyment.

A mere of the button on the centre console is all that is needed to close the the hydraulic system is activated and locks the roof to the top edge of the within 20 seconds.

An indicator in the soft-top switch remains lit the soft-top is moving and starts if the soft-top is not locked correctly the vehicle is in motion. In the latter an alarm also sounds. The can be raised and lowered automatically at of up to eight km/h.

Boot best in this vehicle

The new CLK-Class Cabriolet has the largest volume in this market The 390-litre capacity (VDA method) represents an increase of 40 compared to the previous model. the soft-top is open, the boot 276 litres (predecessor: 237 litres).

opening, the fabric roof is in a soft-top well behind the bulkhead. This well as an extra stowage compartment the soft-top is closed. A liftable divider separates the soft-top from the boot; this must be closed in order to the soft-top. Optional equipment for the CLK now includes a skibag which is behind the rear centre and can carry two pairs of skis.

The lid can be conveniently opened by remote using either the button on the key or the controls on the interior panel of the door. Two gas pressure springs that the boot lid swings fully.


The Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class has on the road to success since May (Cabriolet: May 2003) and has won the hearts of than 135,000 male and drivers to date. Over the period, the sales figures are 25 percent above those of the models in the case of the CLK Coupé, and 80 percent better in the case of the CLK

With this model Mercedes-Benz is emphasising the sporty and character of the CLK-Class. A major to this is the DIRECT CONTROL package which includes a six more direct steering comfort-optimised torque strut at the front axle, larger link bearings at the rear and reconfigured ESP®. As a result the CLK-Class Coupé and Cabriolet typical Mercedes ride together with even handling dynamics and greater on bends.

Mercedes engineers also revised the standard transmission, and the DIRECT CONTROL with a shorter gearshift makes rapid and precise changes possible.

Tyres a run-flat system are available in the for the first time, and Mercedes-Benz these with an automatic loss warning system. system is based on the technology of the Stability Program (ESP®) and the driver via the central display in the of a sudden pressure loss in one of the Thanks to self-supporting tyre the car is able to continue its journey for up to 50 at a maximum speed of 80 km/h.

CLK Five percent fuel with standard 7G-TRONIC

The new transmission is standard equipment in the top CLK 500 in future. The world’s only car transmission with seven and two reverse gears reduces the time from zero to 100 ensures even faster and at the same time reduces consumption by up to 0.6 litres per 100 kilometres. The data are shown below in brackets: preceding model five-speed automatic transmission):

CLK 500

0-100 km/h: 5.9 s (6.0 s)

km/h: 5.2 s (6.2 s)

NEDC 10.9 l/100 km (11.5 s)

CLK 500

0-100 km/h: 6.1 s (6.2 s)

km/h: 5.7 s (6.7 s)

NEDC 11.1 l/100 km (11.6 s)

For all CLK with an automatic transmission has developed a manual shift which allows particularly gear changes using wheel buttons (optional The driver need not take his from the steering wheel but the five or seven gears at the of a button. In automatic mode the programmes C (Comfort) and S (Sport) are In the M programme the gears are only using the buttons or by operating the lever.

From mid-2004 is also upgrading the innovative of the CLK-Class with the option of a developed cornering light which is available in conjunction the powerful bi-xenon headlamps. cornering, parking or negotiating bends up to a speed of 40 km/h, the or right fog lamp is switched on and the frontal area beside the car to an of up to 65 degrees, with a range of 30 metres.

Impression of quality: improved exterior and interior

An innovative clearcoat based on the nano-particle technology which improves scratch-resistance and the sheen of the finish, as well as a leather-like on the interior surfaces, further the appearance of the CLK-Class. In the interior has replaced the previous switches in the console with new push-push and equipped the control panels for the and THERMOTRONIC climate control with attractive rotary which simplify the adjustment of the air distribution and fan speed, while at the time enhancing the impression of in the interior even further.

CLK 55 newly developed composite and sports exhaust system

the CLK 55 AMG, the sporty and exclusive model in the CLK-Class line-up, now extra sportiness: Coupé and come with an even powerful braking system. brakes with floating, ventilated grey cast discs with a diameter of 340 are fitted at the front axle. The discs are connected to an aluminium and, together with the surfaces of the linings in the six-piston callipers, provide far better resistance. Meanwhile, 330-millimetre ventilated discs with fixed callipers provide the at the rear axle.

The impressive AMG V8 engine developing 270 kW/367 hp and 510 of torque provides dynamic delivery and now has an even sportier thanks to the new AMG sports exhaust with its two distinctive twin (only Coupé). Modifications to the and power transmission also a more intense driving the firmer spring/ damper and the seven per cent increase in steering ensure even roadholding and far greater dynamic The new AMG SPEEDSHIFT five-speed automatic does not shift down in the transmission mode “M” full throttle and kick-down. a certain engine speed is reached, the AMG SPEEDSHIFT does not shift up to the next gear. allows the driver with ambitions can make even use of the superlative performance potential of the CLK 55

Engines and transmission

Mercedes-Benz has the six-cylinder line-up for the CLK Cabriolet by the tried-and-trusted 2.6-litre V6, which 125 kW/170 hp and provides a maximum of 240 Nm at 4500 rpm. The CLK 320 Cabriolet unchanged in the line-up. And with reason: the V6 power plant kW/218 hp) is particularly well-suited to the new Cabriolet, since it delivers impressive performance during sporty driving with power output or more and relaxed driving at lower speeds. With 310 Nm of torque on tap just 3000 rpm, the engine offers the very of both worlds.

The V6 and V8 engines are both classic innovations that ensure low consumption, low emissions and exemplary characteristics:

Three valves per to optimise the in-cylinder gas cycle and as well as to ensure faster of the catalytic converter after a start.

Phased dual for precise and effective combustion.

liners made using and silicon, to reduce engine

State-of-the-art lightweight construction on aluminium and die-cast magnesium, to engine weight.

Switchable module, to increase bottom-end and optimise power characteristics.

engine: impressive power and operation thanks to TWINPULSE

The new generation of four-cylinder engines Mercedes-Benz, launched in the spring of will also further the CLK Cabriolet with respect to economy, torque, power and refinement.

This impressive is thanks to the unique TWINPULSE which combines technical such as a compressor supercharger, four valves per cylinder, camshaft adjustment and Lanchester

The 120-kW/163-hp four-cylinder version the bonnet of the CLK 200 KOMPRESSOR Cabriolet the two-door model from 0 to 100 in 9.8 seconds, enabling it to reach a top of 225 km/h. The four-cylinder model the sprint from 60 to 120 km/h (in gear) in 17.4 seconds. In of top speed, the new CLK Cabriolet is therefore km/h faster than the model. Fuel consumption has reduced to 8.8 litres per 100 kilometres combined consumption), 0.7 litres than in the previous CLK 200 KOMPRESSOR.

variable adjustment depending on load

Made from a aluminium alloy, the cylinder in the four-cylinder engines for the CLK 200 KOMPRESSOR has 16 valves and double overhead Both camshafts have adjustment. A vane-type adjuster an integrated control valve optimum valve timing at all This has a positive effect on characteristics under full as well as on fuel consumption and emissions.

The Mercedes engineers reengineered the compressor which exemplary bottom-end torque by reducing the clearance between the and the supercharger housing and by using a new for the rotors. The result: an even rate of air flow and even efficiency than in the mechanical used in previous Mercedes engines. After being the air exits the compressor and flows an intercooler, thus reaching the temperature and density for the combustion

Balancer shafts: decisive for refinement on a par with a six-cylinder

Alongside exemplary power low fuel consumption and low exhaust the new Mercedes four-cylinder engines a further advantage, namely and acoustics similar to a six-cylinder This is primarily down to the balancer which consists of two shafts supported in multiple The shafts counter-rotate at twice the speed and, in so doing, for the inertia forces which are by the motion of the pistons, for example, tend to cause irritating

Mercedes-Benz CLK 200 Kompressor 170hp C209

Five-speed automatic: with and two transmission modes

Standard in CLK 200 KOMPRESSOR and CLK 240 Cabriolet models the sophisticated six-speed manual which is ideally suited to the agile character thanks to its shift travel. The Mercedes have configured 6th gear as a driver’s gear in which top is reached.

For drivers who demand greater comfort and convenience, offers the option of an electronically five-speed automatic transmission Touchshift. This comes as in the CLK 320 Cabriolet and CLK 500 Cabriolet models. its modified control set-up, the feature gives the driver more options for engaging the gear for the situation in hand. the selector lever in the or + position the transmission to keep moving the ratios until the one that can slow or accelerate the Cabriolet is When driving downhill, the thus has the convenient option of down to obtain the best engine braking effect. In the way, the ratio from the vehicle derives optimum can be engaged when accelerating.

In a new mode selector enables to adapt the shift characteristics of the automatic to suit their driving style. There is a of S (Standard) or C (Comfort) mode. In mode the number of gear is reduced and, at lower speeds, downshifts do not occur later.

The Mercedes engineers extended the operating time which the torque converter clutch is engaged, both to improve vehicle agility moving off and to reduce fuel In the case of the four-cylinder model, converter lockup is now possible in any even first gear before, it could only be in third, fourth and fifth. converter lockup reduces the that usually occurs the pump and the turbine wheel, improving mechanical efficiency and fuel consumption.


In of agility, straight-line stability, precision, road roar, vibration and braking power in practically all areas of chassis the new CLK-Cabriolet achieves peak-performance which add up to ensure one thing all: an even more driving experience.

The Mercedes spared no expense in newly or modifying the axles, steering and to exceed the already high set by the predecessor model. In doing they were able to upon tried-and-tested systems the Stuttgart manufacturer’s passenger car and adapt these systems for use in the new This involved the following:

the previously installed double-wishbone with state-of-the-art three-link suspension with McPherson thus enabling major particularly with respect to location, comfort and steering

The Mercedes engineers have the previously fitted recirculating steering with power-assisted steering which is even responsive and thus better the dynamic character of the new Cabriolet. power steering is available as an (standard in the CLK 500).

In conjunction with the newly front axle, the longer and the standard-fitted Electronic Stability (ESP®), the tried-and-tested multi-link rear suspension ensures a degree of active safety, and comfort. The track rods, hub and subframe for the rear axle also been radically by the Mercedes engineers in order to even better vibration

Motorists who desire true performance can order the CLK Cabriolet with tauter suspension and settings. Mercedes -Benz this sports suspension in which the body is 15 mm lower at the and rear axle, as an option for all and model versions. Spring for the sports suspension are up to five higher.

Brake system: new with high power

In terms of size, technology and Mercedes-Benz has tuned the brakes to of the different engines and the wide of outputs available with the new CLK For instance, the flagship CLK 500 has 4-piston disc brakes on the front of the kind used for the SL 500 Roadster. The model has 2-piston fixed-caliper brakes on the rear axle. The of the internally ventilated front and brake discs are 345 and 300 mm respectively.

The used for the tandem brake (7/8-inch) made of aluminium is from the S-Class. It is equipped an electronically controlled solenoid that enables particularly application of the brake pressure. The brake cylinder also of aluminium is fitted with a compression spring between the and secondary pistons. In contrast to systems, in which the secondary only moves due to the pressure in the circuit, both brake are activated simultaneously in the new CLK-Class Substantially shorter pedal is just one of the benefits of this obvious to the driver.

Active systems: ESP®, ASR, ABS and Assist as standard

As is the case all state-of-the-art Mercedes passenger the new CLK Cabriolet is equipped with of the best and most highly active safety systems as standard. Such systems the Electronic Stability Program Anti-lock Brake System Acceleration Skid Control and Brake Assist. They the risk of skidding when hold the Cabriolet safely on when braking, improve on slippery surfaces and shorten the distance.

This high-performance is an important part of the Mercedes-Benz concept and actively helps to road accidents.

Wheels: wheels and 16-inch wide-base

Further special features of the new Cabriolet designed to further its sporty nature include tyres on the front and rear The standard equipment package size 205/55 R 16 tyres on the axle and 225/50 R 16 tyres at the The top-of-the-range V8 CLK 500 model has 17-inch namely size 225/45 R 17 at the and 245/40 R 17 at the rear. The design of the light-alloy wheels has been to suit the individual character of line: the ELEGANCE model is with smart seven-hole whilst the AVANTGARDE line with a distinctly sporty look that makes it stand out.

Optional for all model versions includes 17-inch light-alloy wheels or AMG light-alloy wheels.

Further equipment for the new CLK Cabriolet includes the TIREFIT repair kit in place of the spare wheel. The spare recess in the boot can therefore be as a stowage compartment. Mercedes-Benz supplies the spare wheel as a option.


Like the the new CLK-Class Cabriolet incorporates the and practical Mercedes safety This concept also into account occupant in the frequent collisions that at mid-range speeds. For instance, in the of a frontal impact, a three-stage system is activated, based on the of the collision:

At impact speeds of up to 4 the foam elements in the bumper the crash energy, thus that the panels behind undamaged. The plastic bumpers revert to their original after the accident.

At impact of around 15 km/h, the energy is within the newly developed module and its integrated crash made of highly-resistant steel.

At speeds in excess of 15 km/h, the forces are channelled into independent zones:

via the aluminium in the front module, which the impact force to the side of the unaffected by the collision;

via the substantially side members (behind the boxes);

via robust sectional above the wheel housings, provide an additional path for the impact forces;

via the front which are supported by special elements in front of the side (doorsills), enabling them to the impact forces into the side structure.

Bulkhead: and vital for occupant protection

The end is connected to the passenger cell by of an ellipsoid bulkhead comprising panels of differing thickness. set-up enables the material to be according to the severity of the impact and an ideal compromise between design and crash safety. The of the high-strength steel varies by up to 150 meaning that the bulkhead is not capable of withstanding extreme it can also evenly disperse the generated by a frontal collision a wide area. This dangerous intrusions into the cell. Consequently the previously front side member are no longer required.

Front two-stage deployment based on severity

Adaptive front airbags that adapt to the type of collision and deploy in two depending on the severity of the collision the perfect complement to the practical protection concept in the new CLK Cabriolet:

1: in the event of a minor frontal the ECU only fires one stage of the airbag gas generators. The airbags are inflated to a lower pressure.

Stage 2: if the control module a severe frontal collision, it activates the second stage of the gas after a delay of between 5 and 15 The airbags are thus inflated to a pressure, offering the occupants a of protection in line with the of the accident.

The body weight of the passenger is also taken account when the front airbag is deployed. The airbag can for example, trigger both stages even in low-impact in order to offer heavier passengers an ideal level of The second airbag stage is deployed for lighter passengers, on the hand, once a higher threshold is reached. At the same the newly developed system as a seat occupancy sensor and that the front passenger belt tensioner and head/thorax bag are if the seat is unoccupied. Automatic seat recognition is also of the standard specification for the CLK Cabriolet.

feeders: added convenience for and front passenger

The automatic feeder is a further piece of technology used by the Mercedes It assists the driver and front when putting on the automatic seat belts. As soon as the are seated and the ignition has been on, an electric motor extends the rods holding the buckles on sides of the vehicle so that the can be conveniently reached. The belt retract again once the belts are fitted.

Head/thorax 20-millisecond deployment following a impact

Analyses performed by accident researchers show airbags can also perform an protective function in the event of a impact. This is why, in the Sin delfingen engineers invented the integrated in the door and primarily to offer protection in the thorax followed three years by the windowbag, which offers head protection and is housed on the of the roof frame.

However, tried-and-trusted combination is not compatible the design of a cabriolet; therefore, developed a side airbag protects both the head and the body, called the head/thorax It is located in the front seat and deploys within just 20 in the event of a lateral impact. deployed, the airbag assumes an shape, the top of which is higher the top of a conventional sidebag when inflated. The head/thorax bag therefore the risk of the head colliding the side window or with that penetrate the vehicle regardless of the occupant’s sitting

The lower section of the head/thorax bag between the door and the occupant in the of a lateral impact or roll-over, so as to provide extensive protection in the area. This newly side airbag has a capacity of 15 litres. Sidebags for the rear are being offered as an option in a cabriolet for the first time. are housed behind the side above the side armrests, and are to offer rear occupants protection in the thorax area in the of a severe side impact.

protection: automatic activation if a is imminent

Mercedes-Benz takes the of roll-over protection very indeed when developing cars. Even the 300 CE-24 the first four-seater cabriolet model series 124 to be unveiled in September 1991 was equipped automatic roll-over protection was activated by sensor control roll-over was imminent. This system was an ingenious solution as it combined the high safety typical of Mercedes-Benz with a held by many cabriolet unbridled open-air driving with an attractive (i.e. exterior design.

The new CLK-Class features a similar roll-over system, in which a tilting sensor detects imminent to the occupants based on extreme movements or high levels of caused by a collision and activates the roll-over protection within regardless of whether the soft-top is up or The protective system is therefore as a precaution in the event of a frontal, or rear collision, just in the collision results in the car rolling

The roll-over protection system of two robust bars, each 35 millimetres in diameter, which are in enclosed units behind the seat backrest together the rear head restraints. the sensor transmits a crash a solenoid activates pretensioned springs which extend roll-over bars and the rear restraints at the same time. reach their highest after a maximum of 0.3 seconds and are locked automatically. The steel act in conjunction with the robust, A-pillars to provide reliable protection.

In this newly system, the rear head and roll-over bars are separate they only operate and together in the event of danger. normal driving conditions, the of the rear head restraints can be individually by hand; if the rear restraints are not required, a push of the on the dashboard is all that is needed to them. The rear head are also lowered automatically the soft-top is opening or closing, in to free up space for the fabric

Mercedes-Benz CLK 200 Kompressor 170hp C209
Mercedes-Benz CLK 200 Kompressor 170hp C209
Mercedes-Benz CLK 200 Kompressor 170hp C209
Mercedes-Benz CLK 200 Kompressor 170hp C209
Mercedes-Benz CLK 200 Kompressor 170hp C209

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