Mercedes-Benz CLK First generation
|Engine||2.0L 134 horsepower (100 kW)I4 2.0L Kompressor 189 horsepower (141 kW)I4 2.3L Kompressor 220 horsepower (160 kW)I4 3.2L 215 horsepower (160 kW) V6 4.3L 300 horsepower (220 kW) V8 5.4L 367 hp V8|
|Transmission||4 or 5-speed automatic|
|Wheelbase||105.9 in (2,690 mm)|
|Length||2000–02: 180.3 in (4,580 mm) 1998–99: 180.2 in (4,577 mm)|
|Width||67.8 in (1,722 mm)|
|Height||2000–02 convertible: 54.3 in (1,379 mm) 2000–02 coupe: 54.0 in (1,372 mm) 1998–99: 53.0 in (1,346 mm)|
|Related||Mercedes-Benz C-Class Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR|
The first-generation CLK was introduced in 1996, 3 years after the 1st generation (W202) C-Class model.
Versions offered in the first generation were the CLK 200 (136 metric horsepower (100 kW; 134 bhp)), CLK 200 Kompressor (163 metric horsepower (120 kW; 161 bhp)), CLK 230 Kompressor (193 metric horsepower (142 kW; 190 bhp) and new motor with 197 metric horsepower (145 kW; 194 bhp)), CLK 320 (218 metric horsepower (160 kW; 215 bhp)), CLK 430 (279 metric horsepower (205 kW; 275 bhp)) and the CLK 55 AMG (372 metric horsepower (274 kW; 367 bhp)). All were available in both coupé and convertible form.
The CLK 320 Coupé was introduced in the 1997 model year, powered by a 3.2 L V6 engine. The CLK GTR racing coupé appeared in 1998, powered by a 6.9 L V12 engine, along with the production of 25 road-going CLK GTRs. The CLK 320 Cabriolet and the 4.3 L V8-powered CLK 430 appeared in 1999. The high-performance CLK 55 AMG, which was introduced first in Europe in 2000, was powered by the "M113" 5.4 L V8 engine. The CLK 55 AMG cabriolet became available in 2002, the last year of this body style.
In late 1999 for the 2000 model year, a facelift was launched which incorporated, among others, a revised instrument cluster with a bigger multifunction display, steering wheel with controls for the multifunction display and radio, Tiptronic automatic gearbox, revised bumpers and new side skirts and side-view mirror-mounted turn signals.
The Mercedes-Benz C208/A208 cars were produced from 1996 through 2003. They were sold under the CLK-Class model names. The C208 was a new model based on the W202 C-Class. It was replaced by the C209 CLK-Class in 2002, although the convertible remained in production until 2003 when replaced by the A209.
The CLK range in general
The Mercedes-Benz C208 (coupe)1997-2002 and convertible (A208) produced from 1997 to 2003. They were sold under the CLK-Class model names. The 208 series models were the CLK 200 4-cylinder (from MY2000 also with Kompressor), CLK230 Kompressor 4-cylinder, CLK 320 V6, CLK 430 V8 and CLK 55 AMG. All models were available in both coupe and cabriolet form. All of them had four seats so that families could sit comfortably.
The CLK introduced a new market niche for Mercedes-Benz. Although the C208 used components from the E-Class (W210) and had a specification level higher than the E-Class, it was in fact based on the less expensive C-Class (W202) platform.
The CLK features a number of innovative accessories and systems, such as tow-away protection and an emergency transmission mode.
The C208 was succeeded by the C209, also called the CLK.
CLK 55 AMG
The CLK AMG is powered by a hand-assembled 5.4-liter V8 engine. The hardware list reads like that of a race car: super-stiff forged billet steel crankshaft, forged, weight-matched connecting rods and pistons, lightweight AMG-specific chain-driven single overhead camshafts V8 (one cam per cyl bank) with two intake and one exhaust valves per cylinder, as well as 8 coil packs and 16 spark plugs (two spark plugs per cyl). Its bore and stroke are nearly the same, which makes it an ideally balanced engine. The complex dual-resonance intake manifold with carefully tuned runners helps create optimized torque and power outputs by taking advantage of two resonate frequencies to increase performance, the engine features a high compression ratio of 10.5:1. All of these advance technologies help deliver a healthy 342 hp (255 kW) and 376 lb·ft (510 N·m) of torque.
The five-speed automatic transmission is adapted from the gearbox used in the V-12 S-class models, because that gearbox can take the torque. It is fully adaptive and electronically controlled, and is a stronger unit than that of the CLK430. Also a larger four-bolt driveshaft that's four inches in diameter connects to a reinforced rear differential to keep all the extra power under control. Standard traction control keeps wheelspin to a minimum, while its Electronic Stability Program (ESP) keeps the CLK on its intended path.
The standard CLK chassis is used, and while the current version is not based on the new C-Class platform, the AMG version of the CLK offers some special undercarriage components. The four-wheel independent suspension is basically the same as the lesser CLK versions, but AMG fits higher-rated springs, tighter shock valving, larger diameter anti-roll bars and stiffer suspension bushings. The resulting firmer, more controlled ride is made even tighter by its high-performance ZR-rated low-profile tires. The brakes have been enhanced as well. The huge four-wheel discs are larger and thicker than the other CLKs, and the rear discs are specially vented to enhance cooling. An anti-lock braking system is standard, while Brake Assist applies full braking force in panic stop faster than a driver could. It rides on AMG Monoblock alloy wheels, 7.5" front and 8.5" rear, shod with 225/45ZR17 and 245/40ZR17 Michelin Pilots.