MercedesBenz CLK 320 Coupe New Car Review MercedesBenz CLK 320…

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1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK 320 Coupe

by Russ

There is a metamorphosis place in the coupe segments of the world. At all price and performance once- popular coupes recently become extinct, and of the survivors face a questionable But, surprisingly, there are new breathing life into the

One of these is the Mercedes-Benz CLK 320. Mercedes- Benz’s first since the E320 coupe was discontinued after 1995. the 320 numeric designator is the same, The E320 coupe was based on the E-class sedan, and was nearly a sedan in style. It used the old inline 6- cylinder engine, and was at a premium. Excepting the SL roadster-based SLC of the the CLK is the first Mercedes coupe the 540K of the late 1930s not to be on a sedan. Although it borrows components from the C-Class and SLK roadster, Mercedes-Benz considers the CLK to be a vehicle line. U. S. examples use the V6 also found in the E-Class this year. While the CLK is not inexpensive, it is far less costly the old E320 coupe, much roomier, and targeted at a much buyer.


Time spent driving the CLK the mountains of Southern California at the introduction and on the highways, byways, and streets around my home a good impression. The Mercedes- CLK combines luxury comfort, style and performance, and practical to make it a functional and fun car.

APPEARANCE: If the face is familiar, a closer look. The CLK design is on the Design Studie Coupe car from 1993, which was the inspiration for the front styling of the E- Class. But no body panels between the CLK and E-Class. The CLK is much and sleeker than the E-Class (or sedans, and its grille, headlights, and are more raked. The Design Coupe contributed the near-fastback the lip on the trailing edge of the rear looks much like of the E- Class. In those and many styling details, the CLK is very a contemporary Mercedes-Benz product but from any other of the company’s lines — which was the goal.

COMFORT: Like its grille and outside, the inside of the CLK is similar to of other current Benzes, but slightly different. The appointment is comparable to that of the E-Class Leather upholstery and burled trim grace the interior. multi-adjustable front seats have 3-position memory. The passenger seat has the BabySmart child safety seat system. Both front automatically move forward to access to the two contoured rear which will comfortably medium-sized people and fold for extra cargo or large such as a bicycle. Dual-zone control with air filtration, and a Bose sound system, down and up power windows, and a functional trunk add convenience and that the CLK can be an only car, not a toy.

SAFETY: Mercedes-Benz has a long of innovation in safety, and the CLK uses all safety technology. Safety chassis construction, dual and side airbags, 4-wheel disc brakes, and 3-point belts for all occupants are no longer exclusives, but the BabySmart child recognition system and Brake emergency stopping system ESP stability control is available.

One design goal for the CLK was luxury car with sports car handling. was successful there, although comfort predominates over sports handling. This is not bad, especially in the real of speed limits and traffic. The double wishbone front, rear suspension is tuned for a comfortable ride and sporty, but not sports-car, handling. The CLK is as good for as any other Benz, and great fun on a mountain road.

PERFORMANCE: Although other, engines are offered for the European American customers get the top-of-the-line V6. This is the same unusual vee, single overhead 3-valve per cylinder powerplant in the current E-Class. Although it has the power output — a of 215 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque as the old inline six, the new engine is more fuel-efficient, and makes its at lower, more commonly engine speeds. Matched Mercedes’s sophisticated, computer adaptive 5-speed automatic the V6 makes the CLK a very refined car.

CONCLUSIONS: Are coupes …? Not to Mercedes-Benz, which has the class with the CLK, its most and sporty luxury coupe

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