The Elegantly Engineered 2005 Mercedes CLK500 Coupe – The New York Sun

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The Elegantly Engineered 2005 CLK500 Coupe

It was starting to as we drove the new Mercedes CLK500 so figuring we’d take it we slowed down to let the passing write their own song of the road.

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was no ensuing Burma Shave so we took the slippery-when-wet sign as an of the roadbed’s condition and not that of Barbralee and Scott. Good too, for the now glistening byway was at its and deer – the white-tailed of these ever-diminishing woods were a problem. No matter for even when pushed, the antilock brakes, 17-inch tires, and straight-line traction of the Mercedes never seem to

Of course, even if we did have an we’d have an airbag extending up to the head protection-curtain as well as something named Aid emergency calling. But we were one of the sharpest luxury coupes you can and there’d be no close shaves Burma or otherwise – in the

Introduced in 1998, the CLK is the coupe of Mercedes’ C-Class sedan, the version of which we reviewed month in these pages. offers the two-door coupe a corresponding convertible) in a trio of levels, slotting the 302-horsepower V8 between a V6-powered CLK320 and a developed by the company’s AMG performance

As part of its new-for-2005 attributes, the 500 manual-shift steering-wheel buttons and a speed automatic transmission Mercedes claims improves by up to 0.3 seconds. The $54,000 coupe in between the less expensive BMW and more expensive BMW 6-Series.

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The CLK exudes a kind of terse Its lines – beginning in a wide grill that the marque’s three-pointed star and is by a pair of dual-ellipse headlamps compose a windswept version of classicism. CLK coupes are true, hardtops with greenhouses rise into a nearly arch before tumbling trunkward by means of a graceful

The effect is less sporting it might be, but it affords drivers visibility and gives passengers rear seat access although getting into the requires the execution of an undignified The CLK’s long-hood, short-deck includes such AMG-fashioned as its sculpted front air dam, spoke alloy wheels, and rear spoiler.

Although outfitted with a heated seats, and a leather-wrapped wheel, the Cadet Blue car lacked optional Keyless Go and cruise-control systems – the to permit it to maintain a set following in traffic. Its leather-and-walnut interior was but longitudinal (in front, anyway) and the superior workmanship and materials of price class.

The driver an instrument panel that was with round, chrome gauges for the speedometer, tachometer, and clock, and bar-graph style to indicate the coupe’s water and fuel levels. Rear while tight, was not the afterthought it is in coupes.

Passing up on the chance to buy a lotto get back on the interstate, or form an of Barbralee, we continued north to an eponymous diner rears up in of the Mason-Dixon Line. Calling its 5.0-liter V8 and the higher resolution of its transmission, the CLK pegged 60 at an elapsed of 5.6-seconds (as claimed by the manufacturer) as it diner-ward with an unflaggingly sense of composure.

While not quite measuring up to car levels of agility, the CLK500 was fluid and precise, with engineering that makes up for in whatever it might take up in In all, the Mercedes CLK500 is a well built, and beautifully sport coupe for those who can it. And that’s no Burma Shave.

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