Clk Class Wiki Assignment

The Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class is a former series of mid-size or entry-level luxurycoupés and convertibles produced by German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz in two generations between 1997 and 2010. Although its design and styling was derived from the E-Class, the mechanical underpinnings were based on the smaller C-Class, i.e. respectively based on the W202 and W203 platforms of the C-Class. It was positioned below the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class and SL-Class, but above the SLK-Class.[1][2]

The CLK name derives from the German Coupé Leicht Kompakt (or Kurz), meaning coupé light short. In 2009, Mercedes ceased to use the CLK designation moving the segment designation back to E-Class coupe/convertible instead, as it had called this specific line of its vehicles previously before the CLK moniker was introduced in 1997.

First generation (W208/C208; 1997–2003)[edit]

First Generation
Overview
Production1997–2003
DesignerMichael Fink (1993)
Body and chassis
RelatedMercedes-Benz C-Class
Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,690 mm (106 in)
Length4,567 mm (179.8 in)
Width1,722 mm (67.8 in)
Height1,366–1,380 mm (53.8–54.3 in)
Curb weight1,375–1,755 kg (3,031–3,869 lb)

The first-generation W208/C208 CLK was introduced in 1997, and was based on the W202 Mercedes-Benz C-Class launched three years earlier. The W208 coupé was replaced by the W209 CLK-Class in 2002 (for the 2003 model year), although the convertible remained in production until 2003 when replaced by the C209 CLK.

History[edit]

The CLK introduced a new market niche for Mercedes-Benz. Although the W208 used components from the E-Class (W210), aesthetic based on the E-Class and had a specification level higher than the E-Class, it was in fact based on the less expensive C-Class (W202) platform. Two versions were initially available: the four-cylinder CLK 200 (136 PS (100 kW; 134 bhp)) and four-cylinder supercharged CLK 230 Kompressor 193–197 PS (142–145 kW; 190–194 bhp).

The CLK320 Coupé was introduced in the 1997 model year, powered by a 218 PS (160 kW; 215 bhp) 3.2 L V6 engine. The CLK GTRFIA GT1racing car appeared in 1998, powered by a 5.9 L V12 engine; 25 road-going CLK GTRs were made. The CLK 320 Cabriolet and the 279 PS (205 kW; 275 bhp), M113 4.3 L V8-powered CLK430 appeared in 1999. All models were available in both coupé and convertible form. In Europe, the supercharged I-4 powered CLK200 Kompressor was also available, reaching impressive 193 bhp, thanks to euro2 permissive emission specs. 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. Wing mirror-mounted turn signals were not implemented until 2001 for the 2002 year model.

In the United States, the CLK430 could be equipped with a "Sport Package," which gave it the external styling of the more powerful CLK55 AMG, and equipped it with the same wheels and tires as its AMG counterpart (see section "CLK55 AMG"). This allowed it to reach up to 0.83G's of lateral acceleration, and 66.5 mph on the slalom run.[3]

The high-performance CLK 55 AMG, which was introduced first in Europe in 2000, was powered by the 347 PS (255 kW; 342 bhp) M113 5.4 L V8 engine; the CLK55 AMG Cabriolet was launched in 2002, the last model year of this body style.

Pre-facelift styling

  • A 208 Rear (CLK 320 Sport)

Post-facelift styling

  • C208 Front (CLK 200 Elegance)

  • C208 Rear (CLK 320 Elegance)

  • A208 Rear (CLK 200 Kompressor Elegance)

CLK55 AMG[edit]

Engine[edit]

The CLK55 AMG is powered by a hand-assembled 5.4-liter V8 engine. The hardware list includes 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 cylinder bank) with two intake and one exhaust valves per cylinder, as well as 8 coil packs and 16 spark plugs (two spark plugs per cylinder). Its bore and stroke are 97 mm × 92 mm. The dual-resonance intake manifold with tuned runners helps create optimized torque and power outputs by taking advantage of two resonant frequencies to increase performance. The engine features a high compression ratio of 10.5:1. All of these advanced technologies help deliver a healthy 342 hp (255 kW) and 376 lb⋅ft (510 N⋅m) of torque.

Transmission[edit]

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.

Handling[edit]

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 (ABS) 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 Pilot Sport tires.

CLK GTR[edit]

Main article: Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR

The Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR was a V12mid-engine race car developed for the 1997 FIA GT Championship. It shared only lights and other exterior similarities with the normal CLK C208. Production of the required 25 road cars began in late 1998.

F1 safety car[edit]

A specially modified version of this vehicle was used during the 1997 F1 season as a safety car.[4]

Engines and performance[edit]

ModelEngineLayoutPowerTorque0–100 km/h (sec)Maximum speed
CLK2002.0 16VI4136 PS (100 kW; 134 bhp)190 N⋅m (140 lb⋅ft)11.0208 km/h (129 mph)
CLK200 Kompressor2.0 16V superchargedI4163 PS (120 kW; 161 bhp)230 N⋅m (170 lb⋅ft)9.1223 km/h (139 mph)
CLK200 Kompressor2.0 16V superchargedI4193 PS (142 kW; 190 bhp)280 N⋅m (210 lb⋅ft)8.4234 km/h (145 mph)
CLK230 Kompressor2.3 16V superchargedI4197 PS (145 kW; 194 bhp)280 N⋅m (210 lb⋅ft)8.1235 km/h (146 mph)
CLK3203.2 18VV6224 PS (165 kW; 221 bhp)315 N⋅m (232 lb⋅ft)7.4240 km/h (150 mph)
CLK4304.3 24VV8279 PS (205 kW; 275 bhp)400 N⋅m (300 lb⋅ft)6.0250 km/h (155 mph)
CLK55 AMG5.4 24VV8347 PS (255 kW; 342 bhp)510 N⋅m (380 lb⋅ft)5.4250 km/h (155 mph)
Note: CLK430 and CLK55 AMG are electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph)

Second generation (W209/C209; 2002–2009)[edit]

The second-generation Mercedes CLK-Class was launched in 2002, with production starting in June 2002. The car was available in both hardtop coupe (C209) and in soft-top convertible form (A209), with a choice of petrol and diesel engines. At introduction, a 3.2-litre V6, 5.0-litre V8, 5.4-litre V8, and 2.7L inline-5diesel engine was available, which were all replaced by 2006. In 2009, the CLK lineup was discontinued and replaced by the C207 E-Class coupe and A207 E-Class convertible.

Differences from previous model[edit]

Based on the newly released Mercedes W202 C-Class, the second generation CLK has rack-and-pinion steering, instead of the recirculating ball design used in the previous generation CLK. The second generation CLK also uses a three-link front suspension, and aluminium rear multi-link suspension, and is 61 mm (2.4 in) longer, 18 mm (0.7 in) wider and 28 mm (1.1 in) taller than its predecessor.

Characteristics[edit]

European models were available in elegance or avantgarde specification. The elegance version of the CLK features burled walnut trim and polished alloy wheels (which is standard on all US models), whilst the avantgarde version of the CLK features aluminium trim and wider wheels. A sport upgrade package was also available for avantgarde models, featuring stiffer springs, thicker anti-roll bars, a 15 mm lower ride height, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Convertible CLK models have a remote-operated automatic soft-top and sensor-controlled roll bars. All North American models come standard with a Tele-Aid emergency assistance system, automatic dual-zone air conditioning, 10-way power front seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and seven-channel digital surround sound. Options included a Keyless Go system, the navigation system, Parktronic system, and bi-xenon HID headlamps.

The 2004 CLK was the last Mercedes-Benz to use the COMAND 2.0 infotainment system, which is a CD-ROM based navigation system. In 2005, the COMAND 2.0 system was replaced by the COMAND-APS NTG2 system, which uses DVD-based navigation allowing more data to be stored and read, as well as introducing iPod integration.

In 2003, the CLK55 AMG was used as a F1 safety car. The CLK63 AMG was also used as a F1 safety car for the 2006 and 2007 seasons.[5]

Engines and models[edit]

CLK63 AMG Black Series[edit]

The CLK63 AMG Black Series is a high-performance, two-seater version of the CLK63 AMG coupe. Produced between 2007 and 2009, the CLK63 AMG Black Series features a fully adjustable suspension system, a limited-slip differential, larger air intakes, and a spoiler, diffusers, and wider fenders made of carbon fibre. The CLK63 AMG uses Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tyres, and also features Mercedes' SpeedShift 7G-Tronic transmission, with sport and manual modes (with the comfort mode omitted). The top speed has been extended from 250 to 300 km/h (155 to 186 mph).

CLK DTM AMG[edit]

The CLK DTM AMG was a limited edition high-performance version of the CLK, to celebrate the racing version of the CLK winning the German Touring Car Championship (DTM). Only 100 coupes and 80 convertibles were built for the European market only, with the CLK DTM AMG coupe version produced for the 2004 model year, and the CLK DTM AMG convertible version made for the 2006 model year. The CLK DTM AMG used Mercedes’ SpeedShift 5G-Tronic automatic transmission, and has a top speed of 322 km/h (200 mph).

ModelYearEnginePowerTorqueAcceleration[a]Top speedWeight
CLK200 Kompressor2002–2006M271 E18 1.8L L4120 kW (161 hp) @ 5500rpm240 Nm (177 lb·ft) @ 3500rpm8.9s (9.5s)230 km/h (143 mph)1465 kg (3230 lbs)
2007–2010M271 E18 1.8L L4135 kW (181 hp) @ 5500rpm240 Nm (177 lb·ft) @ 2800rpm8.4s (9.5s)237 km/h (147 mph)1475 kg (3252 lbs)
CLK200 CGI2003–2005M271 DE18 1.8L L4125 kW (168 hp) @ 5300rpm250 Nm (184 ft·lb) @ 3000rpm8.8s (N/A)231 km/h (144 mph)1475 kg (3252 lbs)
CLK2402002–2005M112 E26 2.6L V6125 kW (168 hp) @ 4500rpm240 Nm (177ft·lb) @ 4500rpm8.8s (9.1s)236 km/h (147 mph)1500 kg (3307 lbs)
CLK2802005–2010M272 E30 3.0L V6170 kW (228 hp) @ 6000rpm300 Nm (221 ft·lb) @ 2500rpm7.1s (7.1s)250 km/h (155 mph)1505 kg (3318 lbs)
CLK3202002–2005M112 E32 3.2L V6160 kW (215 hp) @ 5700rpm310 Nm (229 ft·lb) @ 3000–4600rpmN/A (7.6s)244 km/h (152 mph)1530 kg (3373 lbs)
CLK3502005–2010M272 E35 3.5L V6200 kW (268 hp) @ 6000rpm350 Nm (258 ft·lb) @ 2400–5000rpmN/A (6.0s)250 km/h (155 mph)1540 kg (3395 lbs)
CLK5002002–2006M113 E50 5.0L V8225 kW (302 hp) @ 5600rpm460 Nm (339 ft·lb) @ 2700–4250rpm5.0s (5.8s)250 km/h (155 mph)1585 kg (3494 lbs)
CLK500/CLK550[b]2007–2010M273 E55 5.5L V8285 kW (382 hp) @ 6000rpm530 Nm (391 ft·lb) @ 2800–4800rpmN/A (4.8)250 km/h (155 mph)1687 kg (3719 lbs)
CLK55 AMG2002–2006M113 E55 AMG 5.4L V8270 kW (362 hp) @ 5750 rpm510 Nm (376 ft·lb) @ 4000rpmN/A (4.5s)250 km/h (155 mph)1640kg (3616 lbs)
CLK63 AMG2006–2010M156 E62 AMG 6.2L V8354 kW (475 hp) @ 6800rpm630Nm (465 ft·lb) @ 5000rpmN/A (4.4s)250 km/h (155 mph)1680 kg (3704 lbs)
CLK63 AMG Black Series2007–2009M156 E62 AMG 6.2L V8373 kW (500 hp) @ 5250rpm630Nm (465 ft·lb) @ 5250rpmN/A (4.1s)300 km/h (186 mph)1685 kg (3715 lbs)
CLK DTM AMG2004–2006M113 E55 AMG 5.4L V8428 kW (582 hp)800 Nm (590 lb·ft)3.8s322 km/h (200 mph)???
ModelYearEnginePowerTorqueAcceleration[a]Top speedWeight
CLK220 CDI2005–2009OM646 DE22 2.1L L4110 kW (148 hp) @ 4200rpm340 Nm (251 ft·lb) @ 2000rpm9.8s (10.0s)221 km/h (137 mph)1500 kg (3307 lbs)
CLK270 CDI2002–2005OM612 DE27 2.7L L5130 kW (174 hp) @ 4200rpm400 Nm (295 ft·lb) @ 1800–2600rpm8.8s (9.0s)230 km/h (143 mph)1570 kg (3461 lbs)
CLK320 CDI[b]2005–2010OM642 DE30 3.0L V6165 kW (221 hp) @ 3800rpm415 Nm (306 ft·lb) @ 1400rpm7.8s (6.6s)246 km/h (153 mph)1585 kg (3494 lbs)

2006 facelift[edit]

The facelift for the second generation CLK was introduced in 2006. Differences include a change in design for the front bumper and fog lights, grill, rear headlights, and a change in the design of the center console. The CLK200K engine received a slight power bump, while the CLK200 CGI, CLK 240, CLK320, CLK500, and CLK55 ended production, being replaced by newer models.

Pre-facelift styling[edit]

  • C 209 Rear (CLK500 Avantgarde)

  • A 209 Rear (CLK320 Avantgarde)

Post-facelift styling[edit]

  • C209 Front (CLK350 Avantgarde)

  • C209 Rear (CLK200 Kompressor)

  • A209 Rear (CLK350 Avantgarde)

Successor (C207/A207; 2010–2017) (C/A238; 2016–present)[edit]

Main article: Mercedes-Benz E-Class (C207)

A two-door E-Class Coupé was introduced as part of the new eighth-generation E-Class, at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, as Mercedes-Benz intended to leverage the better-known E-Class nameplate. Compared to the CLK, the C207 E-Class Coupé/Cabriolet shares more (up to 60% of its parts) with the W212 E-Class sedan/wagon.[6] Nonetheless like the CLK, the C207 E-Class was still based on the C-Class platform instead of the underpinnings of the larger W212 E-Class sedan/wagon, and was produced in Bremen alongside other C-Class vehicles. For the ninth-generation E-Class (W213), the Coupé shares the same platform as the sedan/wagon.[1][1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^Figures in brackets are for automatic transmission models.
  2. ^Sold exclusively in North America.
  1. ^Figures in brackets are for automatic transmission models.
  2. ^Only diesel model available as a convertible.

The Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR (W297) is a sports car and race car that was built by Mercedes-AMG, performance and motorsports arm of Mercedes-Benz. Intended for racing in the new FIA GT Championship series in 1997, the CLK GTR was designed primarily as a race car, with the road cars necessary in order to meet homologation standards being secondary in the car's design. Thus the limited production road-going cars are considered racing cars for the road.

After competing successfully in 1997, the race car was upgraded in 1998 for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and renamed the CLK LM. Following the construction of the CLK LMs and the CLK GTR road cars, the project would end in 1999 by being replaced by the Mercedes-Benz CLRLe Mans prototype.

Racing car[edit]

CLK GTR[edit]

As the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft/International Touring Car Championship had folded in late 1996, with both remaining competitors Opel and Alfa Romeo leaving due to the high costs of their 4WD designs, Mercedes-Benz had no top series to compete in. With the success of the BPR Global GT Series leading to the FIA taking over and turning it into an international series known as the FIA GT Championship, Mercedes-Benz saw an opportunity to go against manufacturers like Porsche and Ferrari.

Following the design that Porsche had laid out with their 911 homologation special, the GT1, Mercedes-AMG was tasked by Mercedes-Benz with creating an extreme racing car that still maintained some elements of a normal street legal car. AMG's designers created a car which shared some design elements with the Mercedes-Benz CLK, yet had all the standard features of a racing car underneath. A Mercedes-Benz M120V12 engine would be at the heart of the car, mounted behind the cockpit. The bodywork would be made entirely of carbon fiber, and would feature many aerodynamic design elements and cooling openings in order to survive on the race track.

To test the CLK GTR before the first chassis were built, Mercedes-AMG actually took an unusual measure. Through secrecy, Mercedes-AMG was able to purchase a disused McLaren F1 GTR, the defending BPR GT series champion, from Larbre Compétition. This purchase first allowed Mercedes-AMG to see the kind of lap times that their competitors could run, to serve as a measurement of the CLK GTR's abilities. However, more importantly, Mercedes-AMG set about modifying this F1 GTR by attaching bodywork that was meant to go on the CLK GTR. Mercedes-Benz also used their own LS600 6.0 liter V12 engine in place of the BMW V12 unit.[6] This allowed Mercedes-AMG to be able to perfect the aerodynamics of the car before it had even been built.

Upon completion of the first two prototypes a mere 128 days after the initial drawings had been made, the CLK GTRs were entered into the 1997 FIA GT Championship season, debuting at the season-opener at one of Mercedes-Benz's home tracks, the Hockenheimring. Unfortunately the new cars were not able to shine, as brake problems eliminated one car after five laps, and the other finished over 20 laps behind the winning McLaren. However, by the next round at Silverstone, the CLK GTR began to show its pace, finishing less than a second behind the winning McLaren. By the fourth round, returning to Germany for the Nürburgring, a third CLK GTR was added to the team. In this race, Mercedes-Benz successfully outperformed the fleet of McLarens, taking first and second places. The team would finish out the season with five more wins, at A1-Ring, Suzuka, Donington, Sebring, and Laguna Seca, allowing them to secure the team championship as well as the drivers championship for Bernd Schneider.

Mercedes-Benz would use the CLK GTR for the first two rounds of the 1998 season before upgrading to the CLK LM. However privateer team Persson Motorsport would campaign two CLK GTRs throughout the entire season, taking a best finish of second at Oschersleben before finishing the year third in the teams championship.

Initially the CLK-GTR's V12 engine produced approximately 600 hp (450 kW) before developments during the 1997 season increased this to 630 hp (470 kW). Persson Motorsport's CLK GTRs remained at this power output as Mercedes-AMG had moved to development of the V8 in the CLK LM.[citation needed]

CLK LM[edit]

After conquering the FIA GT Championship, Mercedes-Benz set its sights on competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1998, which it had not been at since 1991. However, Le Mans presented a different challenge from that offered in FIA GT, in that the race distances were nearly one tenth the distance covered at Le Mans. Therefore, Mercedes-AMG set about altering the CLK GTR in order to meet the new demands required at Le Mans.

First and foremost, Mercedes-AMG decided that the M120 V12 would not be up to the task of running for 24 hours. Instead, they decided to use the M119 HLV8 engine from Sauber C9/Sauber C11 which raced in the late 1980s and early 1990s, as Mercedes-AMG felt that the M119HL would have better reliability at speeds while still performing the same amount of power as the M120 due to air restrictor regulations. The turbochargers were removed and other revised components were added in order to achieve high rpm.[7] The modified engine was designated as GT108 B.

Satisfied with the engine, Mercedes-AMG also set about altering the bodywork to better cope with the high speeds of Le Mans. The nose was lowered and the large front brake cooling ducts on the sides of the nose were removed and replaced by a single, large opening in the front of the car. The roof of the car was also lowered and a new engine air intake was designed for better engine cooling along with various other mechanical tweaks. This new car would become known as CLK LM, with the LM designation standing for Le Mans.

Debuting at the 1998 season of Le Mans, the twin CLK LMs entered were immediately quick. The two car team took the pole, ahead of custom built open cockpit Le Mans prototypes. However, Mercedes-AMG's belief of the M119LH engine's reliability and capability was proven wrong as both cars suffered engine failures within the first few hours of the race, leaving Mercedes-Benz dejected.

Returning to FIA GT, Mercedes-Benz replaced their older CLK GTRs with the new CLK LMs and saw greater success. The two cars easily won every remaining race, including six 1-2 finishes. This handed Mercedes-Benz the teams championship again, while Klaus Ludwig and Ricardo Zonta would share the drivers championship.

For the 1999 season, no competitor attempted to enter the GT1 class in FIA GT except for Mercedes-Benz, forcing FIA to cancel the class, similar to the DTM/ITC two years earlier. Mercedes-Benz thus turned to constructing an all-new car to overcome their failure at Le Mans. No longer forced to build a racing car that could also be a road car, Mercedes-AMG set about creating the Mercedes-Benz CLR.

The CLK LM's V8 engine produced approximately 600 hp (608 PS; 447 kW), allowing it to reach speeds up to 330 km/h (205 mph) in testing for the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans disregarding a claimed virtual top speed of 335 km/h (208 mph).[citation needed] In total, four CLK-LMs were constructed, with two road-going versions built to comply with the 1998 FIA regulations.

Road car[edit]

Even though the FIA GT1 class was cancelled for 1999, Mercedes was obliged to finally deliver the required 25 road cars they had promised. An initial road car was built in 1997 in order to meet initial FIA requirements, but this car was retained by Mercedes. For the other 25 road cars, each was built by AMG at the Affalterbach factory between winter of 1998 and summer of 1999 and differed only slightly from the race car. All of the 25 CLK GTRs ever built were left hand drive except for one which was specially built for Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei. Driver comfort and refinements were at a minimum in the construction of the road cars as Mercedes-Benz wished to not only offer customers a true race car, but also to attempt to keep the price low. Leather was used in the interior and an air conditioning system was offered. Two small storage lockers were also built underneath each upward swinging door. Traction control was also added for driver safety.

The car retained much of the design of the original CLK GTR instead of the CLK LM, including the V12 and many stylistic elements. One key difference was the rear wing, which used a hoop-style integrated wing in place of the separate racing wing. From the otherwise unrelated standard production Mercedes-Benz CLK, only the instrumentation, front grille and the four headlamps were used.

Ilmor Engineering provided enhancements to the engine, increasing displacement from 6.0L to 6.9L. This increase in displacement coupled with the removal of a racing air restrictor allowed for 612 PS (450 kW; 604 hp) and torque to 775 N⋅m (572 lb⋅ft). Mercedes-AMG claimed 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 344 km/h (214 mph).

The Guinness Book of World Records recorded the CLK GTR as the most expensive production car ever built at the time, with a price of $1,547,620(USD).

Variants[edit]

After the completion of the 20 original CLK GTRs, AMG's specialist group H.W.A., who had assisted in the construction of the CLK GTRs, began construction of a roadster version of the CLK GTR. Built either by modifying an existing CLK GTR or by building a new car from spare chassis and parts, these cars were modified with the removal of their roofs as well as a reconstruction of their engine covers. Also the rear wing was replaced by a separate black wing, close to the one on the race CLK-GTR. Further the Roadster can be recognized by its different grille, which had a large star in it instead of a small version above it. Two rollbars integrating the cockpit headrests were used not only for structural integrity, but also rollover protection. A total of six CLK GTR Roadsters were built by the company.

H.W.A. also constructed a second variant, known as the CLK GTR Super Sport. These cars were similar to CLK GTRs, yet were powered instead by the newer Mercedes-AMG 7.3L V12 which had been in use in the Pagani Zonda and Mercedes-Benz SL73 AMG. Producing 664 PS (488 kW; 655 hp) and 786 N⋅m (580 lb⋅ft). The car also gained an additional front splitter for better stability at high speeds. Only 5 were built with the 7.3L engine: prototype #2, chassis #01, #03, #13, and #17.

In total, 26 CLK-GTR production road versions were constructed. Of these, 20 are coupes and 6 are roadsters. Two of these were equipped with RHD steering: one coupe (silver exterior/tartan interior) and one roadster (dark silver exterior/magenta interior).[10] These were constructed for Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei.[11] Both RHD cars were auctioned on 28 October 2009 by RM Auctions in London.[12] The roadster fetched £616,000 ($973,834 USD) and the coupe £522,500 ($824,609 USD).[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • HWA - CLK GTR Coupe & Roadster
  • HWA - CLK GTR data sheets
The third Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster built, on display.

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