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. CLK Class A208 / C208 Information

The Mercedes-Benz CLK has had its world premiere at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 1997. His big brother, the 140 series coupé, had also been introduced there five years earlier. The European premiere took place one month later at the Amsterdam International Motor Show AutoRAI, and shortly thereafter the new coupé series was displayed at the Geneva Motor Show, an event that plays still another important part in the CLK's history. Continue reading...

By August 1999 Mercedes‑Benz had significantly upgraded the design, technology and equipment of the entire CLK model series. The Coupé and Convertible received the same technical innovations that had also provided greater driving safety and ride comfort in the E-Class of model year 2000. Altogether the designers and engineers upgraded around 800 components of the CLK (model series C 208) - more than 200 of these modifications being visible. Continue reading...

March 1998 saw the world premiere of the Mercedes-Benz CLK convertible at the Geneva Motor Show, the first official photos and information having been available since December 1997. In June 1998, one year after the launch of the CLK coupé, the soft-top variant made its appearance in the showrooms at Mercedes-Benz sales outlets and authorized dealers in Europe and, since the fall of 1998, the new convertible has also been available on the USA and Japanese markets.Continue reading...

In August 1999 the successful Mercedes‑Benz CLK coupés and convertibles began the 2000 model year with an even greater range of standard equipment and with new and innovative technology. The facelift yielded the state-of-the-art 4.3‑litre V8 engine, for example. As of mid-August 1999 it was also available for the CLK Convertible (A 208 model series) and emphasised the sporty-elegant character of the fascinating open-air car with particular clarity. The engine outputted 205 kW (279 hp) and accelerated the open-top four-seater from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds. Between 3000 and 4400 rpm the engine provided a maximum torque of 400 newton metres, allowing the CLK 430 Convertible to unfold its full tractive power already at low engine speeds, and made fast interim sprints possible. Despite these dynamics the new model variant consumed only 12.2 litres of premium petrol per 100 kilometres (NEDC overall consumption). Continue reading...