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Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 AMG C208

First Oz drive: Benz CLK

Bigger, sexier and better the next generation CLK gets our up on home soil

4 June

MERCEDES-Benz Australia is predicting a big in coupe-buying showroom traffic its all-new C209 CLK range on sale at the end of this month.

to double the sales volumes by the outgoing C208 CLK, the new C-class based coupe offer better value for courtesy of increased levels of equipment and more competitive

With more potential and improved supply, we anticipate closer to 1000 units per compared with around 500 per for the previous model, Mercedes-Benz Cars managing director Lьhrs said at this Australian CLK320 and CLK500

To achieve these ambitious targets, MBA hopes the new coupe attract conquest sales in the of 50 per cent. But it is unlikely the CLK will challenge BMW’s dominant 3 coupe line-up — the boost comes at the expense of its rival exclusively.

In the past BMW has Mercedes-Benz by about four to one in a for coupe comparison. Last Mercedes-Benz sold about 450 while BMW managed to shift 1700 3 Series coupes.

To date this year the are even less flattering for the now CLK — around 60 sales to 601 for the 3 Series.

But with a current bank of over 400 customers, MBA is all that will change, by late 2003 when the release of CLK models is completed.

The and CLK500 will be in dealerships June 28 while the entry CLK240 and CLK55 AMG will the range by December. A four-cylinder CLK bring Mercedes-Benz’s midrange line-up to five models by 2003.

Engine specifications for the CLK320 remain unchanged as it to employ the 160kW, 3.2-litre V6 used in many other models.

CLK500 replaces using the new 225kW/460Nm 5.0-litre V8 already seen in the S-class, SL-class, CL-class and soon to be E-class range. The three-valve V8 a power increase of 20kW, or 10 per cent, over the 4.3-litre

The new 2.6-litre engined CLK240 replaces the four-cylinder CLK230 making its 125kW V6 the entry powerplant for the new range, as the CLK200 has also been discontinued the Australian line-up, for now.

AMG has also received an engine with its high performance engine now producing 270kW, an of 15kW on the outgoing CLK55, to it 0.2 seconds quicker from (now 5.2 seconds).

All CLK models are fitted with an controlled five-speed Touchshift transmission, while the CLK55 offers Formula One-style wheel gearshift controls and Mercedes-Benz calls Speedshift advanced adaptive characteristics active downshifting).

CLK240 and 320 ride on 16-inch alloy while the CLK500 uses alloys and the CLK55 AMG larger items.

Standard equipment have been improved as of the innovative technology systems through from the higher-spec SL, and the new E-class — such as the control system (integrating navigation, TV and telephone functions), is now standard on all CLK models bar the CLK240.

equipment introduced to the new CLK includes rear windows, headlamp front seatbelt feeders, automatic climate control, a sensor, rear seatbelt and force limiters, and a split-folding seat.

The safety package ABS, ESP (Electronic Stability Brake Assist, adaptive airbags with an occupant for measuring passenger weight, airbags and window airbags.

and above European specifications, all CLK coupes will also with leather upholstery, phone pre-installation and a glovebox-mounted CD

Elegance and Avantgarde trim have been carried from the previous model, but time there is no price between the two equipment grades.

Elegance is still positioned as the line with wood the distinguishing feature, while has aluminium trim for a more sports flavour.

MBA says the to the CLK have made it up to 12.7 per better value than the model, based on the additional equipment and, in most lower pricing.

Whether enough for it to take the sales up to the 3 Series coupe will have to wait until 2003, when the full of models is available.

New pricing v old


CLK240 — $89,900

— $114,900

CLK500 $139,900



Engine specs:

CLK240 2.6-litre V6, 125kW / 240Nm

— 3.2-litre V6, 160kW /

CLK500 — 5.0-litre V8, / 460Nm

CLK55 AMG — V8, 270kW / 510Nm


Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 AMG C208


FROM the one sees it in the metal, it is clear the new CLK is a larger, more imposing than the two-door it replaces.

No longer the entry level coupe, the new CLK’s C-class peanut-style headlights, more rear end and sweeping side sans upper B-pillar and new look combine to push the positioning of CLK further towards the CL coupe.

With a 25mm wheelbase, the C-class based CLK is 71mm longer overall, wider and 42mm higher. this, the svelte new shape has an aerodynamic factor of just

The theme continues inside an all-new dash, larger and the larger glasshouse afford CLK greater headroom, rear room, elbow room and room.

The boot is also 15 bigger and now offers the practicality of a rear seat. Negatives the lack of a locking glovebox which contains the CD stacker but the centre console compartment provide lockable storage.

The ergonomics and increased overall make the CLK feel more on the road too, but this is than compensated by vastly driving dynamics.

A complete overhaul up front has seen the new CLK the W203 C-class sedan’s MacPherson strut front and, even more its rack and pinion power

Combined with a 10mm steering wheel and vastly lift at both ends, the new offers crisper and more steering, along with straight-line stability. Fitted speed-sensitive assistance, the CLK500’s is even further improved.

Replacing the outgoing model’s ball steering and double front suspension, the new front end and 40 per stiffer body provide new CLK with the type of steering road holding and chassis more in keeping with a sports coupe. The only is a slightly larger turning

Of course, Mercedes-Benz’s now legendary characteristics remain unaffected, the CLK its composure and soaking Australian-sized hazards with nary a

On smooth surface roads the CLK is as as the class leading C-class but the front suspension did bottom-out a couple of particularly nasty crevices during the course of the launch loop.

While the 320 in the 500’s shadow in terms of and engine note, the 160kW unit delivers its peak at just 3000rpm and is enough to the 1605kg CLK320 with

Similarly, the auto-only CLK500’s of torque makes light of its 1660kg kerb mass, tractor-like urge right idle and delivering blisteringly acceleration in its upper rev range via a Tipshift auto.

At $139,900, it can tempt buyers away the similarly priced M3 will for interesting observation.

At $114,900, the 320 is 2.5 per cent less than its predecessor, representing 8.7 per better value according to

It is expected to attract 45 per cent of CLK while the CLK240 and CLK500 are likely to comprise 25 per cent of CLK Like the 240, the CLK55 AMG is due in and will account for five per of sales.

There is no question the CLK more metal, more and better dynamics than before.

Along with supply from the factory, should ensure Benz has no bettering the outgoing CLK’s of 2300 sales over the five years.

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Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 AMG C208
Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 AMG C208
Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 AMG C208
Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 AMG C208
Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 AMG C208


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