Hello fans in the U.S
Came back yesterday from the press day in Geneva,Switzerland and I have taken new specs
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From press release
CLK-Class: more dynamic and attractive than ever
â€¢ Up to 36 percent more output with three new six-cylinder engines
â€¢ ELEGANCE and AVANTGARDE with even more individual design
â€¢ Upgraded standard equipment, sports packages for even more driving pleasure
CLK â€“ for several years this combination of letters has stood for coupÃ© elegance and open-air driving pleasure. Since Mercedes-Benz presented the second generation of the CLK-Class in May 2002 -- the Cabriolet followed one year later â€“ these attractive two-door models have captured the enthusiasm of more than 200,000 drivers worldwide.
In early spring 2005 the CoupÃ© and Cabriolet will take another leap forward. This is meant quite literally, for with three newly developed six-cylinder engines the CLK-Class has become even more powerful and sporty: the new CLK 350 (200 kW/272 hp) replaces the previous CLK 320, bettering its output by 25 percent and its torque by approx. 13 percent.
The CLK 280 is also new; the 170 kW/231-hp V6 engine in this model has no less than 36 percent more output and 25 percent more torque than the preceding model CLK 240. The performance figures fully reflect this: the CLK 280 CoupÃ© shortens the time required to accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h to 7.4 seconds, and to 6.4 seconds for the CLK 350 CoupÃ© â€“ this means that both V6 models are up to 1.8 seconds faster in a sprint than their predecessors, before going on to reach their top speed of 250 km/h.
Diesel fans will in future also find more driving pleasure and dynamic performance in the CLK-Class: the new CLK 320 CDI with its state-of-the-art direct-injection diesel engine is exemplary in terms of both output (165 kW/224 hp) and torque (510 Newton metres with 7G-TRONIC), as well as in fuel economy: 7.2 to 7.3 litres per 100 kilometres (combined consumption). Compared to the previous five-cylinder diesel, the new CLK 320 CDI with the optional seven-speed automatic transmission has a 22-km/h higher maximum speed of 250 km/h (CoupÃ©) and accelerates from nought to 100 km/h one second faster.
From the first quarter of 2005 Mercedes-Benz will for the first time also be offering a Cabriolet with a diesel engine in the form of the CLK 320 CDI.
The tried-and-tested four-cylinder diesel unit with 110 kW/150 hp will be available in the CLK CoupÃ© from early summer 2005; it is happy with just 6.4 to 6.5 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres and delivers a maximum speed of 221 km/h.
The two eight-cylinder models CLK 500 and CLK 55 AMG continue to top the model range of this Mercedes class.
Mercedes-Benz has upgraded the extensive standard specification of the CLK-Class with newly developed, crash-responsive NECK-PRO head restraints, an automatic tyre pressure loss warning system and ISOFIX child seat attachments. Bi-xenon headlamps with the Active Light System are available on request.
Body: more muscular presence with redesigned front end
In visual terms too, the CoupÃ© and Cabriolet in the Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class show that they have gained in power since the extensive model facelift: the redesigned front bumper with its pronounced wedge shape and larger air intakes, as well as the modified radiator grille with three louvre (previously four) ensure a more imposing appearance. The front end now also reflects the characteristics of the two design and equipment lines more clearly: in the ELEGANCE version the louvres in the radiator grille are silver, and black in the AVANTGARDE line.
Mercedes-Benz uncompromisingly continues this differentiation with respect to the side view, where the AVANTGARDE version of the CLK-Class has silver-painted 17-inch light-alloy wheels in a five-twin-spoke design, while the ELEGANCE line features nine-spoke light-alloy wheels (16-inch) in sterling silver.
The tyre sizes at a glance:
â€¢ AVANTGARDE: front 225/45 R 17, rear 245/40 R 17
â€¢ ELEGANCE: front 205/55 R 16, rear 225/50 R 16
(CLK 220 CDI, CLK 200 KOMPRESSOR, CLK 280)
front 225/45 R 17, rear 245/40 R 17
(CLK 320 CDI, CLK 350, CLK 500)
Redesigned, brilliant-look rear light clusters with more pronounced horizontal divisions emphasise the powerful design statement of the CLK-Class. In the AVANTGARDE line the lenses are dark-tinted.
Interior: upgraded to the last detail
With their well-known attention to detail, Mercedes designers have upgraded the interior of the CLK-Class and made sure that the individuality of the lines is even more clearly expressed. Models ordered in the AVANTGARDE line feature new, black upholstery in a combination of ARTICO man-made leather and fabric as standard. As an optional alternative, leather upholstery is available with colour-contrasting seats, centre door panels and rear side wall panels. The colours available are basalt grey, pebble beige, tundra brown, flamenco red and cappuccino brown. In place of the standard aluminium trim, Mercedes customers will in future be able to specify wood trim in black ash for the AVANTGARDE line. The roof lining in the AVANTGARDE line is black.
The instrument cluster in this design and equipment line is also new. It distinguishes itself with a front panel of matt aluminium, as well as white instrument dials with line-specific lettering and chrome surrounds.
The colour and materials concept of the ELEGANCE line has likewise been entirely updated. A new fabric design in black or basalt grey, new leather upholstery (optional) in black, basalt grey or pebble beige and new wood trim in dark ash emphasise the restrained elegance of the interior. In both lines the leather upholstery has a new surface grain with a more refined, soft character.
Sports packages: even more dynamism ex factory
Mercedes-Benz meets the wishes of many drivers for even more sporty touches with two new equipment packages. These not only include visual features, but also technical modifications for even more dynamic performance. In addition to 18-inch light-alloy wheels in a multi-spoke design, wide-base tyres in size 225/ 40 R 18 (front) and 255/35 R 18 (rear), chrome exhaust tailpipes and an exhaust system with a particularly sporty sound, the sports package for the CLK-Class CoupÃ© and Cabriolet includes perforated brake discs and a sports suspension which lowers the body by 15 millimetres.
To give the interior a sporty enhancement, the sports package includes multicontour seats for the driver and front passenger, steering-wheel gearshift buttons (in conjunction with an automatic transmission), aluminium-look sports pedals and velour floor mats with silver edging.
Mercedes customers who choose the AMG sports package receive additional features such as the front apron in AMG styling, the AMG airflow breakaway edge on the boot lid, the AMG silencer with a chrome-plated twin tailpipe and floor mats with an embroidered AMG logo. Another special item in the AMG sports package is the five-spoke 18-inch light-alloy wheels painted in sterling silver. The tyre sizes are 225/40 R 18 (front) and 255/35 R 18 (rear).