MercedesBenz CLK55 AMG Short Take Road Test Car Reviews Car and Driver

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Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 AMG C208

Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG

An irrational worth rationalizing.

November BY FRANK MARKUS PHOTOGRAPHY BY G. RUSSELL

Here’s a car that’s to think about in rational after spending 100 miles in the seat. You drive a CLK55 AMG (windows all down unless raining, because it just so cool with no B-pillars), its 362 horses to a shiny lather and its taut but supple chassis into every conceivable ess and in the road, and you emerge thinking: the child slavers paying for a these days? I must this car! Then you at the eye-watering $82,025 sticker and suddenly a lifetime of tardy and Mother’s Day cards seems the deal.

Ah, but the rational cars at your tristar dealer don’t the AMG badge. These cars are Brutal. Special-only 1500 will be sold here year. Their engines are (we built one for a story last Yes, They’re Hand-Built, 59). Their performance is upgraded from lesser transmission, suspension, brakes, tires-and the results are spectacular.

late in the 2003 model this CLK55 AMG is powered by the 5.4-liter naturally aspirated V-8 motivated its predecessor, tuned for 20 horses (freer breathing the total to 362), with holding at 376 pound-feet. The reinforced automatic features AMG’s programming. Sport and comfort adapt shift points and to differing driving styles, or a button for manumatic mode, and the can control shifts via the lever or via on the back of the steering wheel. In mode it remains more than most Benzes, to prevent over-revving but never at wide-open throttle.

Underneath, AMG shocks, springs, and bars lock down the and quicken response rates punishing the passengers. In a nod to ride the rubber is modest: 225/45 and 245/45 rears on 17-inch (oddly enough, wider are available on the base CLK Sport Big 13.6-inch-front and 11.8-inch-rear brake are grasped by four-piston-front and two-piston-rear calipers.

All this hi-po hardware a hefty load. Our option-laden burdened the scales at 3808 That’s 414 pounds up on the CLK’s obvious competitor, the 333-hp BMW M3 costs between $48,195 and The six-speed manual M3 is geared way than is the automatic CLK, and it 1500 rpm higher (to 8000), so cars shift at nearly the speeds, leading one to favor the M3 in a race. But the CLK’s V-8 out-torques the six by 114 pound-feet, and this pulls the CLK of the last M3 we tested by 0.1 second to 60 mph seconds) and by 0.4 and 2 mph through the quarter-mile at 107 mph). Of course, if you’re to close the M3-to-CLK55 price gap by aftermarket tuner Steve can close the performance gap (see 112 ). It’s also worth that the new CLK55 runs 0.2 to 0.3 quicker than its 288-pound-lighter

Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 AMG C208

That acceleration is accompanied by a baritone engine note-you somewhere maybe a third of the way up the between a bass Chevy and a soprano Ferrari 360. The behaves beautifully, too, good isolation from impacts while cleaving to the road over dips and The new rack-and-pinion steering even the fingertips with a reasonably accounting of what’s happening at the contact patches (although the remains a touch numb off-center). The brake pedal firm and reassuring, even repeated overuse. Trouble is, all this mass and those small tires (the BMW 18s with 255/40s in the rear), the limits are modest: a sensible-shoes g and a ho-hum 173 feet to stop 70 mph (the M3 manages 0.87 g and 161


This isn’t an M3. It’s more comfortable, easier to and slightly quicker. And without the cruise, keyless ignition, phone, park assist, and resistible tinsel, it can be had for $70,770. at that price this never rank as a rational but it might be a tad bit easier to rationalize.

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