The Mercedes-Benz W209 cars have been produced since 2002. They are sold under the CLK-Class model names. The W209 is based on the W203 C-Class. It replaced the C208 CLK-Class after 2004 which were the first car to carry the CLK moniker.
The W209 is available in two body styles, a coupe and a cabriolet, and is manufactured with diesel and petrol engines ranging from four cylinder (CLK200) to eight cylinder (CLK500 and CLK63AMG). The cabriolet (Designated with an A, as in CLK500A) features a fully automatic retractable soft top covered by a metal tonneau that can be raised and lowered from outside the vehicle using the key fob.
A W209 CLK 63 AMG DTM "Black Series" was produced as a MY2006 in both a coupe and later cabriolet model. Styling cues were taken from the full race car version for the German Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters racing series. The car includes a wider body, carbon fiber accents, and upgraded suspension.
The CLK is designed to fill the mid-luxury market position for coupes and convertibles. It is Mercedes-Benz's only 4-seat cabriolet. Its direct competitors in the cabriolet market are the Volvo C70 and the Lexus SC430, although it is available with larger engines than any of its direct competitors. The CLK is positioned midway between the BMW 3 series coupe/cabriolet and the 6 series coupe/cabriolet.
The CLK is a superlative vehicle whose handling is exceptionally precise even under extreme cornering, road, and weather conditions, and whose performance is equal to the fastest readily available sports cars on the market. Performance is electronically limited to 135mph in the CLK350 and CLK500 models, and to 155mph in the CLK55 model. An AMG factory option is available for an unrestricted top speed.
The Electronic Stability Control (ESP) and Anti-lock braking system (ABS) are both excellent aids to handling, making such feats as a 90' degree turn on a typical two lane intersection from 50mph possible using simple hard braking and turning with no significant fishtailing. Although the ESP system can be manually turned off, it never actually allows the wheels to spin completely freely. For example, the ESP system makes drifting (intentional high-power fishtailing) impossible without shutting the ESP system off using a factory test protocol that end-users cannot enable.
Each model seats four and in the US this includes an all-leather interior with burl walnut trim. For Europe the models are available as "Elegance" or "Avantgarde" versions, basically Luxury or Sport specification where the Elegance uses Burr Walnut trim and polished alloy wheels the Avantgarde uses alloy trim and chunky wheels. The price and specification for European models is otherwise the same. The 4 cyl. cars wear 16" wheels While the CLK320, CLK350 and CLK500 come with 17 inch (432 mm) alloy wheels, the CLK55 AMG sports 18 inch (457 mm) wheels. The cabriolets have a remote-operated automatic soft-top and sensor-controlled roll bars. Since 2000, all US cars come standard with a Tele Aid emergency assistance system, automatic dual-zone air conditioning, 10-way power front seats and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Seven-channel digital surround sound comes standard. A Keyless Go system, navigation system, Parktronic system, and bi-xenon HID headlamps are all available as options. All models come with four side airbags.European cars differ considerably and are usually specced depending on the buyer's needs.
The cars have a manual sport/comfort mode switch that sets the transmission to start in 2nd gear and shift earlier in comfort mode. The new 7-speed transmission ads about 20% better fuel mileage in real driving conditions over the 5-speed with no loss in performance, although the additional shifting can be noticeable. In the CLK500, at 80mph, the 5-speed transmission runs at about 3000rpm, while the 7-speed runs at about 2200rpm. Both transmissions include automatic best gear finding so that the driver need not keep track of which gear the car is in during performance driving, and in the AMG model, the transmission can be set to stay in the highest possible gear for the best possible performance.
The 5-speed CLK500 gets an average of 15mpg in real city driving conditions, whereas the 7-speed CLK500 get an average of about 18mpg under the same conditions. Both add about 3mpg for highway driving.
The W209 CLK-Class is 2.4 inches (61 mm) longer, 0.7 inches (18 mm) wider and 1.1 inch (28 mm) higher than its predecessor.
In Europe there was also the CLK 200 K (1.8 R4), CLK 220 CDI (2.1 R4 diesel), CLK 240 (2.6 V6), CLK 270 CDI (2.7 R5 diesel), CLK 280 (3.0 V6), CLK 320 CDI (3.0 V6 diesel); (all standard with 6-speed manual transmission, automatic transmission is optional) 2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG cabriolet 2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG cabriolet.
2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 AMG Start Up, Exhaust, and In Depth Tour
In this video I give a full in depth tour of the 2001 Mercedes Benz CLK 55
AMG. I take viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior of
this car while showing details, over viewing of features, and noting unique
styling cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine and the details
of it, start it up and see how it sounds under acceleration. A thorough
tour/review of this car designed to give others a greater overall
appreciation of the vehicle.
2014 Audi RS5 vs 2014 Mercedes-Benz C63 507 Coupe! - Head 2 Head Ep. 51
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Jonny Lieberman sets out to discover which
German hot-rod-personal-luxury-coupe is the best you can get. The 507 Coupe
is the last iteration of the W204 C63. With the exception of the very
limited-run Black Series, it's the best C63 that AMG has ever done. Under
its hood sits a hand-built, 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V-8 good for 507
more do you want? Perhaps something more high-tech, and that's where the
Audi RS5 comes in. The sexy coupe from Quattro GmbH in Neckarsulm features
a 4.2-liter V-8 that spits out 450 hp. That¹s less power than the 507
Coupe makes, true, but the Audi also features AWD, a dual-clutch
transmission, bigger wheels and tires, plus a trick torque-vectoring rear
differential. Which one is quicker? Which one is more fun to drive? Which
one is best? Watch and find out!
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CLK 55 AMG de-restricted
This Standard CLK 55 AMG Cabrio (de Restricted) hit 187mph on the German
Autobarns and still had a bit left to go!!.
This clip catches it at a mere 165mph following an Audi R8 and Nissan GTR
all having some fun on a wet autobarn heading for the Nurburgring.
G37s VS CLK55
My G37S with Exhaust,VS my 04 CLK55
with cat back Exhaust,green filters.
Amazing how the G37 keeps up real good up to about 80 mph,then the CLK55
just takes off.Recorded in Mexico.
Mercedes Benz C123 Coupé Development
Mercedes-Benz first introduced the W123 four-door versions in January,
1976. While technically quite similar to their predecessors, the new models
grew somewhat in terms of wheelbase and exterior dimensions and were given
a more modern body that retained strong stylistical links with the /8 while
at the same time incorporating more modern features. Initially, all models
except 280/280E featured quad unequal-size round headlights and the latter
models big, square single units. All /8 engines were carried over, with the
3 liter 5-cylinder diesel model being renamed from 240D 3.0 to a more
logical 300D (as it had already been called before in North American
markets). Only new engine was the 250`s 2525 cc inline-six (Type M123, a
short-stroke version of the 2.8 liter six Type M110) that replaced the old
2496 cc Type M114 six.
In the spring of 1976, a new Coupé version was introduced, again on a
shorter wheelbase than the saloon (2710 mm (106.7 in) instead of 2795 mm
(110 in)). This W123C/CE was available only as a 230C (later 230CE) and as
a 280C/CE in most markets; in North America there were additional 300CD
versions with naturally aspirated, later turbocharged 3 liter diesel engines.
From August, 1977, long wheelbase versions (3425 mm (134.8 in)) joined the
line-up. These were available as 7/8 seater saloons with works bodies or as
mere chassis with complete front body clip, the latter serving as the base
for ambulance and hearse bodies by external suppliers like Binz or Miesen.
These "Lang" versions could be ordered as 240D, 300D and 250 models.
At the Frankfurt Auto Show in September, 1977 the W123T estate was
introduced; the T in the model designation stood for "Touring and
Transport". Most, but not all engines were available with this body style;
a "200TD", for example, was not part of the line-up. T production began in
March, 1978 in Mercedes` Bremen factory.
In early 1979, the diesel models received a power Boost; power rose from 55 PS (54 hp/40 kW) to
60 PS (59 hp/44 kW) in the 200D, from 65 PS (64 hp/48 kW) to 72 PS (71
hp/53 kW) in the 240D and from 80 PS (79 hp/59 kW) to 88 PS (87 hp/65 kW)
in the 300D; at the same time, the 220D went out of production.
The first Mercedes turbo diesel
production car appeared in September, 1979. This was the 300 TD turbodiesel, available with automatic transmission
only. In most markets, the turbocharged
5-cylinder 3 liter diesel engine (Type OM617) was offered only in the T
body style, while in North America it was also available in sedan and coupe
June, 1980 saw the introduction of new 4-cylinder petrol engines (Type
M102). A new 2 liter four with shorter stroke replaced the old M115, a
fuel-injected 2.3 liter version of this engine (in 230E/TE/CE) the old
carburetted 230. Both engines were considerably more powerful than their
In 1980/81 the carburetted 280 versions went out of production; the
fuel-injected 280E continued to be offered.
In September, 1982, all models received a mild make-over. The square
headlights, formerly a privilege of 280/280E, were standardized across the
board, as was power steering. Since February, 1982, a 5-speed manual
transmission had replaced the former 4-speed unit in all models (except 300
W123 production ended in November, 1985. Most popular single models were
the 240D (455,000 built), the 230E (442,000 built) and the 200D (378,000
W123 innovations that its predecessor lacked included ABS (optional from
August, 1980), a retractable steering column and an airbag for the driver
(optional from 1982).
Available options included MB-Tex (Mercedes-Benz Texturized Punctured
Vinyl) upholstery or velour or leather upholstery, interior wood trim,
right hand side exterior mirror (LHD models, standard on T models), 5-speed
manual transmission (European market only), 4-speed automatic transmission
(standard in turbodiesel models), power
windows with rear-seat switch cut-outs, vacuum powered central locking,
rear-facing extra seats (station wagon only), Standheizung (prestart timer
controller engine heating), self locking differential, sun roof, air
conditioning, climate control, headlamp wipers (European market only),
Tempomat (cruise control), power steering (standard after 1982/08), seat
heating, CO converter (available from 1984 for California only, from fall
1984 also in Germany for the 230E of which a mere thousand were built).
2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series vs. 2007 BMW M6
If the 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series and 2007 BMW M6 could talk
trash, things would get ugly in a hurry.
The big-bore Benz would snort something about its 465 pound-feet of grunt,
the kind of power that would leave the Bimmer's flame-surfaced sheet metal
in a smoldering pile on the road. The high-strung M6 would make a remark
about the Benz's boy-racer fender flares, silly bodywork vents and
decidedly uncivilized Exhaust note.