Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class – AskMen

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Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class

Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class

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Price: $47, 325 (CLK350); $64,075 (CLK550)

0-60 time: 6.4 seconds (CLK350); 5,2 seconds (CLK550)

MPG / LPG: 17 City; 25 Highway (CLK350), 15 City; 22 Highway (CLK550)

A vehicle sporting the iconic Mercedes-Benz badge can raise the average male#39;s sophistication meter the minute he sits behind the steering wheel. Staying socially relevant through several generations, the Stuttgart-based automaker exercised their German engineering skills to redefine sophisticated premium cars. The 540K and the variants of the SL-Class perpetuated culture-defining personal luxury cars that have always been driven by individuals with style.

With 2009 being the final model year for the current CLK design, this two-door offering by the famous brand wants to prove that it can continue to radiate as a social symbol.

The Mercedes-Benz CLK presents a four-passenger, personal luxury car while retaining many of the performance-minded virtues far below its six-figure priced bigger brothers in the CL-Class. Starting with a 3.5-liter, V6 in the CLK350, the entry model#39;s 268 horsepower emits impressive German grunt. For a more satisfying power surge, the CLK550 derives 382 horsepower through a 5.5-liter V8 engine.

A standard sport-tuned suspension provides finely balanced handling that is both luxurious and performance-like in its ride.

Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class

The CLK#39;s failing comes with the focus on luxury rather than superior speed. Limited to only a seven-speed automatic gearbox, while silky smooth, it manages to choke the potential of both Mercedes-Benz engines. If you#39;re not one for conversation, the pricier CLK63 AMG convertible#39;s 475 horses are suited for a throatier response.

Preference to the Mercedes-Benz CLK will depend on how you#39;ll address the soon-to-be retired exterior styling; some will call it classical, others humdrum. Nonetheless, the Mercedes-Benz CLK maintains a handsome essence of a luxury coupe best signified with its handsome lines and the B-pillar-free roof line.

For a flashier cosmetic addition to the CLK, consider an optional AMG Sport Package for just $2,700. Featuring AMG-designed front air dam and side skirts, this appearance package is a half-decent effort to replicate the look of a much pricier CLK63 AMG.

Lining the four-passenger cabin are a mix of burl walnut wood trim and leather creating a sensational aura for fine, ceremonious motoring. To put this interior on display, a convertible CLK remains the hot number for showing off your Oakley sunglasses and Cartier watch during those cloudless days.

Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class
Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class
Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class

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