Mercedes-Benz – C209: CLK-Class 2003-2008
2003-2009 represents the time of the W209. The CLK-Class coupé was redesigned in 2003 and in 2004, the cabriolet prevailed. These models were of a bigger size than their predecessors the precise lengths, widths and heights increased by 2.4”, 0.7”, and 1.1” respectively.
The models included in the W209 are the CLK 270 CDI, CLK 320, CLK 350, CLK 500/550, CLK 55 AMG, CLK63 AMG and the CLK63 AMG Black series. In Europe, there were other models available as “Elegance” or “Avant-garde” in luxury and sporty class. Elegance uses Burr Walnut trim and polished alloy wheels and the Avant-garde uses alloy trim and broader sports wheels.
The coupé and the cabriolet are the two body styles available in the W209 fabricated with diesel and petrol powered engines bearing four to eight cylinders. A fully automatic retractable soft hood covered by a metal tonneau, which can be raised and lowered by remote control using the key fob, distinguishes the cabriolet.
Their roll bars are sensor-controlled too. All of these bear the standard features such as a tele aid emergency aid system, automatic dual-zone air conditioning, powered front seats and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Optionally one can go in for accessories such as a keyless Go system, navigation system, parktronic system, and bi-xenon HID headlamps.
Electronically operated speed limits are set as follows: 135 mph in the CLK350 and CLK500 models, and up to 155 mph in the CLK55 model, although an unrestricted top speed factory option is available in the AMG. The ESP – electronic Stability Control and the Anti-lock braking system (ABS) serve as aids to smooth handling, disabling such feats such as a 90’ degree turn.
The models have a manual sport/comfort mode switch to enable automatic transmission to start in the 2nd gear and switch faster into the comfort mode. They are also more fuel efficient without any significant loss of performance. In the AMG models, there is an option to set the transmission to remain longer in lower gears for higher performance.