Four years after Mercedes decided to discontinue the badge, it looks like the CLK is gearing up for a return.
According to Automobile Magazine, Mercedes is planning for the return of the CLK, which will be based on the next-generation C-Class Coupe. Though that may be surprising to some, it shouldn’t come as a surprise considering that the German market, namely Mercedes’ competitors, are all coming up with new models.
So what’s Mercedes to do, right?
Well, bring back the CLK, apparently.
As far as details about the car is concerned, word has it that it will be designed as a highly emotional driver’s car to go with a full plate of engine options, not the least of which could include numerous turbocharged engines.
The plan for the returning CLK is to slot it direct in competition with the new BMW 4-Series and the upcoming Audi A5.
While the CLK is expected to undercut the BMW 4 Series and the next Audi A5 with a coupe and convertible version that will both be available with the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.
Click past the jump to read more about the car that eventually replaced the CLK, the E-Class Coupe
Now you can add another car to that mix, thanks to MMBS-Evorsport.
The car is the Mercedes CLK 63 AMG Black Series Race Car, which actually began its life as an Evosport-tuned AMG CLK 63 Black Series street car. From there, it has evolved into a full-fledged race car that was born from a years’ worth of development, fabrication, testing, and refinement by the folks over at Evosport Engineering.
With all the preparations in tow, the no. 24 CLK 63 AMG Black Series Race Car is primed and ready to compete in the Pirelli World Challenge’s GT class where it will be piloted by veteran race car driver Craig Stanton.
"It has been a long road to get here, but I am very excited that we get to finally take our AMG CLK63 Black Series racing," said Stanton.
"The car is absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait for the racing world to see what the guys at Evosport Engineering have been working on this year. It is a work of art, and in my experience, cars that look fast ARE fast. They have taken a true street car - a car that that was registered, insured, everything - and turned into a World Challenge race car. I can’t wait to show everyone what it can do."
MBBS-Evorsport’s no. 24 CLK 63 AMG Black Series Race Car will be making its debut at the Cadillac Sonoma Grand Prix, the season finale of the 2012 Pirelli World Challenge Championship, before competing in the full 2013 schedule of the racing series.
Following the Mercedes CLK63 AMG were the 997 GT2 and the C63 AMG, which also took part in a little acceleration action, producing some lovely exhaust notes for our hearing pleasure.
As a reminder, the CLK 63 AMG Black Series is powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine that delivers a total 507 HP and sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. The Porsche 997 GT2 is powered by a 3.6-liter boxer engine that produces 530 HP at 6500 rpm and 502 lb-ft of torque between 2,200 and 4,500 rpm. It makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 3.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 204 mph.
The Mercedes C63 AMG is powered by the usual 6.2 liter V8 engine producing 457 HP. This power output can be increased to 487 when equipped with the AMG performance package. The Mercedes SLS AMG is powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine located front-mid that develops 563 HP and 479 lbs-ft of torque. The engine will help sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, while top speed will go up to 197 mph.
The Mercedes CLK has already been replaced by the E-Class Coupe, but surprisingly, it is still catching the attention of plenty of tuners. One such tuner is Renntech who have announced a new carbon aero package for the CLK 63 Black Series. The package includes a full carbon fiber front splitter, rear diffuser, DTM rear wing, carbon air box with vacuum chamber, and front carbon brake air ducts. The price for the entire package is $15,290.
All of these changes were made in order to improve the car’s exterior styling and increase down force for improved handling. The good news is that, unlike other Renntech products, this package will not be offered in limited numbers, so everyone can get in on this action.
All of the components are manufactured in high quality, full carbon fiber and are available in either a matte or gloss finish to suit individual desires. No words yet on if there will be any changes made to the engine.
This car might be 10 years old, but it’s been so rarely used that it only has 1,500 miles on its odometer. That’s probably why, even if it’s a little outdated, this car is still being sold for $1.8 million.
‘This car’ is the 2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR AMG, one of only 25 known vehicles in the world and once considered as the most expensive production car in the world.
Powered by a 6.9-liter V12 engine that produces 720 horsepower and 572 lb/ft of torque, the CLK GTR AMG can run from 0-60 mph in a time of just 3.1 seconds with a top speed of 215 mph, a pretty astounding number for a car that was produced a decade ago.
This particular mode, numbered 17 of 25, is being sold by the Ferrari-Maserati dealership in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and comes with a number of factory options, including monocoque carbon fiber with integrated steel roll bars, a leather steering wheel with airbags, adjustable pedals, an audio system, and air-conditioning.
So if you’re interested in one of the rarest Mercedes production cars in the world – and you have around $1.8 million to spare - you can contact the sellers through Jameslist.
In 1997 Team AMG won the FIA-GT Championship with the GT racing sports car Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR. From this competition vehicle AMG derived a road-legal version – the Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR super sports car. This was presented in April 1997.
The CLK-GTR was powered by a V12 mid-engine delivering a total of 612 HP and 731 NM of torque. The supercar had a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph.
One of the innovative details realized by the engineers in this car was a body made of carbon-fiber composite. In contrast to the sports and performance-optimized racing car, the super sports car came with air-conditioning, a hi-fi system and leather appointments.
Nevertheless, the CLK-GTR did not for a moment disown the legacy it had been left by the competition vehicle. The super sports car delivered extreme performance, and the tight cockpit allowed both driver and passenger to experience a racing atmosphere at first hand. This vehicle enabled AMG to underline its expertise in the technology transfer from motor racing to elegant, sporty series production.
In 1998, Mercedes unveiled the CLK-GTR. This car was specifically designed for the FIA GT1 championship, but was also produced for street purposes. This supercar ended up having 26 road variants; 20 coupes and 6 roadsters. The CLK-GTR was powered by a V12 mid-engine delivering a total of 612 HP and 731 NM of torque. The supercar had a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 215 mph.
This supercar was so exclusive that back in 2008, a coupe and a roadster were auctioned off for a combined price of £1.1 million. The 2005 CLK GTR Coupe sold for £522,500, while the 2006 Roadster version fetched a pretty cool £616,000. Some would say this was a bargain considering the elite class these models stand in. Hey, if we were lucky enough to have the funds to back up that kind of purchase, we would have done it too.
Back to the video. On a visit to the Mercedes-Benz Museum, presenter Kilian Reichert explains the exclusive and amazing Mercedes CLK-GTR in just 60 seconds. Check it out!
While most of us are drooling over the prospect of driving off into the sunset with the supercar of our dreams, two people who attended the recent RM Auction in London went home with their own supercars that they can now proudly call their own.
Two of the main attractions at the said auction were a pair Mercedes-Benz CLK GTRs – one was a 2005 Coupe version and the other was of the 2006 Roadster variety. Expensive and rare – only 20 coupes and five roadsters were ever built – at the same time, the CLK GTRs sold for a combined £1.1 million – a ‘somewhat’ bargain price considering the ‘beyond exclusive’ tag attached to these two cars.
While the two new – and lucky – owners of these cars were not identified, we do know that the 2005 CLK GTR Coupe sold for £522,500 while the 2006 Roadster version fetched a pretty cool £616,000.
It also goes without saying that the GTRs are not your prototypical Mercedeses. Fine-tuned by no less than HWA, the cars come with a 6.9-liter V12 engine that’s capable of churning out up to 612 horsepower. In addition to that, the two models also came with reinforced features including a six-speed sequential manual gearbox, a dual independent double-wishbone suspension, and carbon fiber brakes.
For the record, we don’t have that kind of money so the very idea of purchasing these cars shall, and will forever be a pipe dream for us. But in the wishful scenario that we did have £1.1 million to throw around, then investing on not one, but two cars of this stature is something that we’d also do in a heartbeat.
Mercedes had to eliminate their two door CLK sports car in order to make room fot the new E-Class Coupe, but don’t worry, according to Automobile Magazine the model will make a comeback in 2011.
The future Mercedes Benz CLK will be slightly longer than its predecessor, by 5 cm, and will be heavily styled after the current C-Class. Under the hood, Mercedes will incorporate gas saving technologies like direct injection and stop/start technology.
So now the only question left to ask is, why would mercedes want a CLK that could compete with an E-Class Coupe. It is very likely that the super sports version of the entry level Benz would ruin sales of their all new mid sized coupe?
The CLK-Class was first launched in 1996, and thirteen years later its finished serving its purpose. The coupe has already ended production, and the convertible will take a final bow this summer. But fans of swoopy pillarless Mercedes don’t get too up set the CLK is just going away to make room for the similarly sized E-Class Coupe and Convertible that will replace the CLK.