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I know that the available engines for the US are the 3.2 V6, 5.0 V8, and 5.4 V8.<br> <br> However, why didn't Mercede-Benz supercharge the CLK55 AMG's 5.4 V8 just like the SL55 AMG.<br> <br> I thought all the 5.4 V8 AMG engines are supercharged versus naturally aspirated for future models.<br> <br> BTW, why hasn't Mercedes-Benz switch the automatic transmission into an infinite gear ratio system like a continuous variable transmission (CVT). It suits Mercedes-Benz's move to maintain the luxury of automatics while being sporty! It also feels like a manual... far better than Audi/VW/Porsche Tiptronic, BMW SMG II, or Ferrari F1. CVT is the future of transmission technology why hasn't Mercedes-Benz taken advantage of it? Especially, when the newer engines have outputs of over 350 hp. CVT has less drivetrain power loss and allows more power/torque to transfer to the pavement.
 
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Al...i agree with you about Mercedes haven't take advantage of good technology like.................

<br> CVT, Adjustable Cams etc. instead they go for Cubic In. and supercharger! Any body can make hp with SC/Turbo.
 
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Agree, however...

Yes they should take advantage of technology like CVT and variable cam...<br> <br> BUT they should continue with smart larger displacement engines with forced induction.<br> <br> Give you some background about myself, I am a college student who loves Mercedes-Benz (German cars) since my mid-years in elementary school. I followed Mercedes through there re-imagining campaign. I can regurgitate engine stats etc etc. My parents drive a 528i and my father is debating on either the new E500, SLK32, C32, or M3. I drive a VW Jetta 1.8T; the same engine in the Audi A4 1.8T. This engine is a proven engine with a displacement of only 1.8 liters and the lovely flat torque of a short rod/turbocharged engine. I love forced induction and will never go back. The boost is hands down unbelievable and makes you really smile when you get pushed into the seat. I've hung with 528i on level ground due to the different in horsepower (top end power) 150 versus 194 hp. However, I dissimate a 528i on steep uphills, my flat torque band gives me a 1/2 to 3/4 mile lead depending on altitude and temperature. I still get a kick out of it!<br> <br> So, yes... Mercedes-Benz should go the forced induction route with newer engine/tranny technology. BTW, the CVT in the new A4 is unbelievable! Hands down... now we only need to wait for CVT to mature in order to take higher torque/power engines! Hands down... both routes are required to ensure Mercedes' unique mixture of luxury and sportiness! And I hope down the road I can say luxury with raw power!<br> <br> BTW, I'm in love with the new SL55 Kompressor AMG! I would change the wheels to BBS wheels though for aesthetics and better unsprung weight!
 
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Al....i would stick with force induction system too but what i'm saying is that.....................

<br> there's 'no brainer' to produces alot of hp by using force induction system. I'm sure AMG will continues to use force induction system because even a V6 with force induction system are producing more hp then their's AMG V8.
 
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Re: New CLK55 AMG & CVT issues

I heard that the reason that the 55 did not get the SC was due to hood clearance on the new car. I am not shure that I believe that reasoning but that is what I have heard. I would be more inclined to believe that they are trying to seperate the product lines....
 
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