Based on the E-Class curved round body seams, the Mercedes CLK blazed its path through the markets in the early 2000’s like no other Mercedes had before. Sold as a entry level coupe or convertible Mercedes was able to tap into a new market niche, women. The great thing is eManualOnline has the perfect Mercedes CLK Service Manual in case you want to keep that CLK going into the new 2000’s.
Beside the fact Mercedes CLK was able to tap into a market most manufacturers didn't see or maybe ignored. The Mercedes CLK had many variations from an economic inline 4 cylinder to a V6 3.2 liter finally catching up to the CLK 500 giving us a normalized V8 then of course AMG lended a hand with a 5.4 liter V8. Later we are introduced to the Black Series, CLK DTM, and finally CLK GTR.
However the most sold CLK in North America and Europe was the 2nd Generation CLK, Using a Rack and Pinion steering system instead of the outdated recirculating ball. The CLK comfort was from a three link front suspension and aluminum multi link rear suspension that was powered by either a 3.2 V6, 5.0 V8, 5.4 V8, and a 2.7 Liter inline 5 diesel. Commonly found with antilock brakes, electronic stability control, and power seats. With 2 specification options available, Elegance and Avantgarde.
Elegance rode on 16 inch alloy wheels with dark green tinted glass surrounded by wood interior trim and a grey pigmented grille. Avantgarde was released with bit more flashy bells and whistles such as stiffer springs, thick performance anti roll bars and ½ inch in lower ride height. Instead of green tint Avantgarde used blue tinted glass, a colored black grille and 18 inch alloy wheels.
Later Mercedes released a Avantgarde Sports Edition featuring cross drilled brake rotors and bi-xenon headlights. CLK also featured convertible models with a three layer electric soft top that were able to drop in 20 seconds.
Mercedes released the CLK in 1997 breaking into a new untapped market. Later producing variations as the AMG 5.4 Liter V8 and full road racing car Mercedes CLK GTR. Interesting to think these little 2.0 liter 4 cylinder that are seen as a slow turtle actually house the possibilities of reaching speeds of 200 MPH. If you so happen want the blueprint of unremarkable speed check out eManualOnline Mercedes CLK Repair Manual.