MercedesBenz CLK (C209)

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Mercedes-Benz CLK 200 Kompressor 163hp C208

Mercedes CLK class (C209)

T his is the second generation of CLK, but its can be traced back to 1968 Mercedes launched its first CE coupe. The CE coupe, as well as its launched in 1976 and 1986, was from Mercedes’ mid-size equivalent to today’s E-class. 1997, Stuttgart decided to it on the smaller C-class platform, for lower cost rather technical reasons. This the CLK. Oddly, Mercedes masked it with headlamps the E-class, pretending to be an E-class


Now comes the new, second CLK. It is definitely a lot better its predecessor — looks goes faster, rides better. not just because of the evolution of technology, but Mercedes committed a lot of development into the car and its donor.

The first thing my attention is its handsome styling. Now the CLK does not try to hide its bloodline. You can see its C-class root by the similar headlamps. If you dislike the quad of E-class like me, this be a good news to you. The of new CLK reaches very high — sleek, elegant and most people will love it. Its smoothness, instead of reminds me the traditional style of coupes, separating itself from the muscle-full BMW coupes. attract me, but the CLK will definitely more to female customers.

Though base on C-class and share the same wheelbase, it has nose and tail to enable the styling. Not a single piece of panels is shared, including the raked windscreen and rear

Compare with another coupe — the hatchback Sports Coupe, contrast is bigger. The Sports Coupe’s shape might look aggressive, but it lacks the elegant of the real coupe and feels cheaper. In fact, Mercedes positions it lower than the as you can see from its all-4-cylinder engine In contrast, the CLK has a couple of V8s to choose (5.0 and AMG 5.5), not even the sedan can compare with.

Thanks to the W202 donor the new CLK is benefited with rack-and-pinion (instead of the old car’s inert ball design), a new 3-link suspension and an aluminum-intensive rear suspension. Also, the chassis is 40% in torsion than the old CLK, though it gets rid of B-pillars!

B-pillars improves a lot to the airy of cabin, especially when you down all the windows. The interior is well designed, if not trimmed the best materials. Mercedes have used the decent from C-class, but for sense of it gave the CLK a new dashboard with details and elegant circular air Front seat comfort is a strong card for Mercedes, so is CLK. It also provides rear passenger space, both head and legroom are not as as Peugeot 406 Coupe.

Performance and refinement

You can feel the CLK is so developed. Its chassis is so strong, are so absorbent, noise insulation is so so refined that sometimes you why we buy coupes. Excitement is probably not the for most buyers, but good and self-presentation are. In this the Mercedes is fully successful. The CLK has and image. Besides, it feels as and comfortable as other Mercedes

All of its engines are smooth and most of are extremely quiet. Even the new M-series supercharged four-cylinders are smooth, just the supercharger a bit vocal above mid-rev.

The appears in CLK200 Kompressor and CLK200 CGI (170hp), both are with variable valve and twin-balancer shafts. CGI runs at injection. They are never cars, because the new CLK is 110kg than its predecessor, but the supercharged are torquey enough for decent — expect a little 9 seconds for 0-60mph.

Then come the familiar 2.6-litre and 224hp 3.2-litre V6 in CLK240 and CLK320. We have about them too much in every reports of other models), so I think not necessary to again. The same goes for the 5-speed automatic they with.

Topping the CLK are two V8s — is of course powered by the 306hp V8. Pushing just 1585kg weight you can see it can easily do 0-60mph in 5.7 as claimed, even though car shifts automatically.

The performance is CLK55 AMG, which a 367hp 5.5 V8 instead of the 354hp 3.2 V6 found in AMG version of C-class and Sports Coupe. Technically, might not be a clever decision, as the V8 burdens the nose of the small but Mercedes believes that the American market prefers a V8.

We shall leave the CLK55 to a report later. Now just on the CLK500.

Excitement?

The fast, and effortless performance coupe nearly full marks in side. What about is it a double-edge sword like the SL500?

Unfortunately, the C-class has its limitation here. Without the of active body control or air the cheaper CLK fails to match the ability of its more sophisticated To deliver excellent comfort, are deliberately tuned soft. in the Avantgarde version which has 5% springs, thicker anti-roll and 15mm lower ride the CLK still bias towards the side compare with BMW coupes, let alone M3. As a result, it early on twisty roads, too much at high g-force feeling nose heavy. understeer and body roll set in and predictably, they simply you to back off. A similar is found in steering. Although the new provides good communication, and adequate weighting, its 3.0 turns to lock is a bit slow for attacking roads.

In short, the CLK is designed for comfort and performance rather than driving excitement. Anyway, is already much better its predecessor, which shone in comfort nor excitement.

The above was last updated on 6 June All Rights Reserved.

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