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Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Premium Coupe

Mercedes-Benz introduced the first CLK in 1997 as a replacement for the C124 lineup, mixing the E-Class with the C-classes.

While its traditional competitor BMW offered a coupe version for the 3-Series but didn't have a two-door model for the 5-Series, on the other hand, Mercedes-Benz had a Coupe for the E-Class but not for the C-Class. Then, the company's management had the idea to mix a platform from the C-Class (W202) with the shapes from the E-Class (W210). Thus, it resulted in the first generation of the CLK built as a coupe and a convertible as well.

With a good platform underneath, the customers didn't complain about the car's handling or comfort. They were more concerned about the vehicle's look. For that, Mercedes hired Michael Fink, who installed an E-Class-inspired front fascia with similar dual-headlamp headlights and a tilted, four-slats chromed grille between them. The bumper sported a smiling-shaped lower grille and a pair of fog lights. From its sides, the CLK featured an ascending beltline that resembled the one from the E-Class. In the back, the CLK even sported the same taillights as the Mercedes' mid-size sedan.

Since the CLK featured a shorter wheelbase than the E-Class, there was less interior room. Still, it was more than in a regular C-Class and enough to host two passengers on the rear seats, despite its sloped rear windscreen. Its dashboard was different though than its four-door sibling, sporting a rounded instrument cluster, vents, and center stack. It was clearly more sports-oriented than the E-Class but still elegant enough to be considered a personal luxury vehicle.

Under the hood, Mercedes-Benz installed a choice of four gasoline engines and paired them with either a five-speed manual or a newly developed five-speed automatic, which was introduced in 1996.

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MERCEDES BENZ CLK (C208) 1997 - 1999
  6 gasoline engines
  • 200 5AT (136 HP)
  • 200 5MT (136 HP)
  • 230 Kompressor 5AT (193 HP)
  • 230 Kompressor 5MT (193 HP)
  • 320 5AT (224 HP)
  • 430 5AT (279 HP)

MERCEDES BENZ CLK (C208) 200 5AT (136 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  200 5AT (136 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
100 KW @ 5500 RPM
136 HP @ 5500 RPM
134 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
140 lb-ft @ 3700 RPM
190 Nm @ 3700 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
127 mph (204 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/55HR16
DIMENSIONS
Length
179.9 in (4569 mm)
Width
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Height
53.9 in (1369 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/57.9 in (1,501/1,471 mm)
Wheelbase
105.9 in (2690 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.8 cuFT (419 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2811 lbs (1275 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3968 lbs (1800 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17.4 mpg US (13.5 L/100Km)
Highway
32.7 mpg US (7.2 L/100Km)
Combined
24.8 mpg US (9.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
225 g/km

MERCEDES BENZ CLK (C208) 200 5MT (136 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  200 5MT (136 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
100 KW @ 5500 RPM
136 HP @ 5500 RPM
134 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
140 lb-ft @ 3700 RPM
190 Nm @ 3700 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.4 gallons (62.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
130 mph (209 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/55 HR16
DIMENSIONS
Length
179.9 in (4569 mm)
Width
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Height
53.9 in (1369 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/57.9 in (1,501/1,471 mm)
Wheelbase
105.9 in (2690 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.8 cuFT (419 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2810 lbs (1275 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3968 lbs (1800 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17.5 mpg US (13.4 L/100Km)
Highway
33.1 mpg US (7.1 L/100Km)
Combined
25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
222 g/km

MERCEDES BENZ CLK (C208) 230 Kompressor 5AT (193 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  230 Kompressor 5AT (193 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2295 cm3
Power
142 KW @ 5300 RPM
193 HP @ 5300 RPM
190 BHP @ 5300 RPM
Torque
207 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
280 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Supercharged Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.4 gallons (62.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
143 mph (230 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/55 VR16
DIMENSIONS
Length
179.9 in (4569 mm)
Width
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Height
53.9 in (1369 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/57.9 in (1,501/1,471 mm)
Wheelbase
105.9 in (2690 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.8 cuFT (419 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2976 lbs (1350 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4079 lbs (1850 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
16.6 mpg US (14.2 L/100Km)
Highway
31.8 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)
Combined
23.8 mpg US (9.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
237 g/km

MERCEDES BENZ CLK (C208) 230 Kompressor 5MT (193 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  230 Kompressor 5MT (193 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2295 cm3
Power
142 KW @ 5300 RPM
193 HP @ 5300 RPM
190 BHP @ 5300 RPM
Torque
207 lb-ft @ 2500 RPM
280 Nm @ 2500 RPM
Fuel System
Supercharged Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.4 gallons (62.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
145 mph (233 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/55 VR16
DIMENSIONS
Length
179.9 in (4569 mm)
Width
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Height
53.9 in (1369 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/57.9 in (1,501/1,471 mm)
Wheelbase
105.9 in (2690 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.8 cuFT (419 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2976 lbs (1350 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4078 lbs (1850 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
16.7 mpg US (14.1 L/100Km)
Highway
32.2 mpg US (7.3 L/100Km)
Combined
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
233 g/km

MERCEDES BENZ CLK (C208) 320 5AT (224 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  320 5AT (224 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3199 cm3
Power
165 KW @ 5600 RPM
224 HP @ 5600 RPM
221 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
232 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
315 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.4 gallons (62.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
149 mph (240 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/55 WR16
DIMENSIONS
Length
179.9 in (4569 mm)
Width
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Height
53.9 in (1369 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/57.9 in (1,501/1,471 mm)
Wheelbase
105.9 in (2690 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.8 cuFT (419 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3075 lbs (1395 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4232.3 lbs (1920 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
15.7 mpg US (15 L/100Km)
Highway
32.7 mpg US (7.2 L/100Km)
Combined
23.3 mpg US (10.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
242 g/km

MERCEDES BENZ CLK (C208) 430 5AT (279 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  430 5AT (279 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4266 cm3
Power
205 KW @ 5750 RPM
279 HP @ 5750 RPM
275 BHP @ 5750 RPM
Torque
295 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
400 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.4 gallons (62.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155.3 mph (250 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
6.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/50 WR16
DIMENSIONS
Length
179.9 in (4569 mm)
Width
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/57.9 in (1,501/1,471 mm)
Wheelbase
105.9 in (2690 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.8 cuFT (419 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3207 lbs (1455 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4321 lbs (1960 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
14.2 mpg US (16.6 L/100Km)
Highway
29.4 mpg US (8 L/100Km)
Combined
21 mpg US (11.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
263 g/km
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