Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class (2002–2009)
Pillarless CLK coupe on sale in UK from June 2002 and based concurrent much better handling W203 C Class. Strong range of engines with outputs from 163 hp to 367 hp.
Base engine is four cylinder supercharged 200K with 163 hp. Next up is 240 V6 (actually now 2.6 litres) with 170bhp. Next after that, the 320 V6 with a slight power reduction to 218 hp. And, for the first time in a CLK, the 170 hp 270CDI diesel will also be available, offering a combined economy figure of 42.2 mpg.
Top engines are 500 V8 with 306 hp and 500 AMG with 367 hp. The 500 gets to 60mph in under 6 seconds and the AMG in under 5 with a top speed of around 175mph probably limited to 155. All come in either Elegance or Avantgarde trim at the same price.
Presented at March 2005 Geneva Motor Show with more powerful V6 engines, a more sporty design and further enhanced equipment. Newly added are CLK 280 (231 hp) and CLK 350 (272 hp), which offer up to 36% more output than the previous six-cylinder models. New 224bhp CLK 320 CDI V6 direct-injection diesel engine available in both Coupé and Cabriolet from Spring 2005. Also a 150bhp in the CLK 220CDI Coupé.
Production of 2,597cc CLK 240 ceased and replaced by 2,996cc CLK 280 shown at Geneva Motor Show. Production of 5-cylinder CLK 270 CDI discontinued.
August 2006 CLK 63 AMG Coupe and Cabriolet. AMG 6,208cc V8 naturally aspirated engine replaces CLK 55 AMG and offers an output of 481 hp and 630 Nm, 500 Nm as low down as 2,000 rpm, while the maximum of 630 Nm is on tap at 5000 rpm. The new AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC.
- CLK 63 AMG Coupe £65,215
- CLK 63 AMG Cabriolet £68,815
Also from August 2006 CLK 500 Coupe and Cabriolet get new 5.5-litre V8 petrol engine, offering 388 hp 530 Nm giving 0-60 in 5.0 seconds, combined fuel consumption for coupe 24.8 and for cabriolet 24.4 mpg.
- CLK 500 Coupe £47,490
- CLK 500 Cabriolet £51,090
Power output of CLK 200 Kompressor increased from 163 hp to 184 hp and CO2 emissions reduced from 214g/km (auto) to 207g/km (auto).
CO2 emissions of CLK 500 reduced slightly from 275g/km to 270g/km.
CLK production ceased.