When vehicles as elitists as the Spangled CLK and SLK prepared by AMG are declined in limited series, we do not speak any more a car, but of art, quite simply. Presented the last fall at the time of the Living room of Frankfurt, CLK DTM AMG reference to the German Championship of Private cars already pushes the sportive of this convertible very fringing, with its paroxysm. Produced with only 100 specimens, it already allured some personalities, initially of which Kimi Raïkkönen and Juan Pablo Montoya, current holders of the McLaren-Mercedes stable.
Today, it is another pilot “mason” who succumbs to the charms of this silver plated she-devil. And not the least: Mika Häkkinen, double champion of the world of F1 (1998 and 1999), and which always rolls under Mercedes banner, but in DTM. ” After being last of F1 open to my truck of DTM, CLK DTM AMG perfect for the small ones is transferred around Monaco (where it resides, note) and the roads of the Alps Maritimes” , the ” was thus expressed; Finn Volant” in connection with its new toy. When the competition meets the series production, CLK AMG reinforces its exclusive character by avoiding disproportionate aesthetic attributes, inevitably out of carbon fiber: shields before and back even more imposing, wings and passages of wheels widened, back diffuser, doors and to finish an enormous aileron. Light alloy rims of 19 and 20″ parch event this table an excessive hair.
The interior is same tone, but refers more to the purified image which one has of the models of competition, with the image of the sumptuous bucket seats carbon/leather/Alcantara, of the white meters specifically badges, the wheel sport or of the affixed carbon keys that and there. Prepared with small onions by AMG, V8 5.5 Compressor develops as for him the trifle of 582 ch (with 6.100 tr/min), for a couple quite as gigantesque of 800 Nm with 3.500 rpm. Assisted well by an automatic transmission Speed shift with five reports/ratios, this part of goldsmith makes it possible the CLK to swallow the 0 to 100 km/h in only 4 seconds, for an always electronically limited speed, but to 300 km/h! Performances which enable him to allot the hand high the title of “the fastest convertible 4 places of the monde”! Mika Häkkinen could emit an objection: “Only with regard to the vehicles of production, Your Honor! “. With 277.820 euros, can one however still speak about model of series? But as the sporting department of Mercedes does not please make the jealous one, it also decided to equip “son” SLK – however already well “Monte” with V8 of 360 chis – of a special series. We say “well; special” and not “limited”! With this intention, the mark with Star did not haggle over the means: ceramics brakes, suspension recalibrate and of the rims from now on of 19 inches.
As for the heavy retractable roof, it is replaced by a fixed carbon fiber cover. Strong of 40 additional horses (and 45 kg less to 1.495), and always coupled with the box 7G-TRONIC, this version propels the SLK thus even more quickly worms of the unfavorable thresholds: four tenth of less to free from the 0 to 100 km/h (4,5 S) and two second full gained to reach the largely prohibitory threshold of 200 km/h (15,5 S). Remain that this addition of power has a cost… and at Mercedes it is high: 107.300 euros in Germany (to be compared with the 72.850 € SLK AMG currently sold in France). It is undoubtedly much. But when one can treat to this type of vehicle, it is that exclusiveness inevitably is liked: in this case, does the money constitute really a problem?
|Brakes F/R:||ABS, vented disc/vented disc|
|Tires F-R:||225/40 – 245/35 R18|
|Driveline:||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Displacement cu in (cc):||332 (5439)|
|Power bhp (kW) at RPM:||360(267) / 5750|
|Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM:||376(510) / 4000|
|Redline at RPM:||6700|
|Length × Width × Height in:||n.a.|
|Weight lb (kg):||n.a.|
|Acceleration 0-60 mph s:||4.7|
|Top Speed mph (km/h):||155 (250) – electronically limited|
|Fuel Economy EPA city/highway mpg (l/100 km):||n.a. (11.7)|
Pictures with Mercedes Benz SLK 55 AMG