February 20, 2002
Mercedes-Benz to unveil new CLK coupe at Geneva Motor Show
Stuttgart, Germany – Mercedes-Benz will display the redesigned CLK-Class cars at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, March 7th to 17th.
The restyled CLK coupe is 71 millimetres longer, 18 millimetres wider and 42 millimetres higher than its predecessor. The wheelbase has been increased by 25 mm to 2715 millimetres. As a result, interior headroom, kneeroom, elbow room and shoulder room have all increased.
The new CLK offers seven engines with outputs ranging from 163 horsepower to 367 horsepower, three transmission options, a newly developed suspension, and sophisticated optional equipment.
The CLK-Class range is headed by two V8 models: the CLK 500 (306 hp) and the CLK 55 AMG, whose improved engine now develops an impressive 367 hp. The new CLK 500 accelerates to 100 km/h in only 6.0 seconds, while the CLK 55 AMG takes just 5.2 seconds.
A new generation of four-cylinder engines with a unique TWINPULSE system sets new standards in terms of output and torque characteristics, and fuel consumption. Two four-cylinder models are available: the CLK 200 KOMPRESSOR (163 hp) with conventional fuel injection and the CLK 200 CGI (170 hp) with direct petrol injection. The TWINPULSE system features balancer shafts, supercharger, intercooler, variably adjustable camshafts and four-valve technology.
In the new CGI engine Mercedes-Benz combines the TWINPULSE system with a direct petrol injection system reduces fuel consumption to just 7.9 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC overall consumption). This is a reduction of approximately 16 percent versus the preceding model. The new CLK 200 KOMPRESSOR has a fuel consumption of 8.6 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC overall consumption) and is approximately 8.5 percent more economical than before.
A 2.6 litre V6 engine generating 170 horsepower is a new addition to the CLK engine lineup. The 3.2 litre V6 (218 hp) remains unchanged.
Mercedes engineers improved the torsional rigidity of the body by 40 percent while almost doubling the proportion of high-strength steel alloys, which ensure maximum strength with low weight. The coefficient of drag (Cd) of the new CLK-Class Coupé is just 0.28, a new benchmark in this vehicle class.
CLK coupes are equipped with the most up-to-date occupant protection systems as standard: adaptive airbags for the driver and front passenger, sidebags, windowbags, as well as belt tensioners and belt force limiters on all the seats. For the first time the weight of the seat occupant is also taken into consideration when activating the two-stage front passenger airbag according to impact severity.