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2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet

2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet
2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet Specifications
Brakes F/R:ABS, vented disc/vented disc
Tires F-R:225/35 R19 - 285/30 R20
Driveline:Rear Wheel Drive
Type:V8, Supercharged
Displacement cu in (cc):332 (5439)
Power bhp (kW) at RPM:582(428) / 6100
Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM:590(800) / 3500
Redline at RPM:n.a.
Length × Width × Height in:n.a.
Weight lb (kg):n.a.
Acceleration 0-62 mph s:4.0
Top Speed mph (km/h):186 (300) - electronically limited
Fuel Economy EPA city/highway mpg (l/100 km):n.a.
Base Price: 2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet - n.a. (last update: 2/20/2007)

Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet: The World’s Fastest Open-Top Four-Seater

High technology derived from motorsport, the handling dynamism of the racetrack, a sensational visual appearance and the utmost exclusivity - the new Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet is guaranteed to make the hearts of true car lovers beat faster. A limited edition of 100, the CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet is capable of a fulminating performance with its 582 bhp AMG 5.5-litre supercharged V8 engine, a newly developed AMG sports suspension, optional sports tires and aerodynamics refined in the wind tunnel: this high-performance AMG sports car accelerates to 62 mph in just 4.0 seconds and has a electronically limited top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h). This makes the new high-performance AMG Cabriolet the world's fastest open-top four-seater.

The great demand for the CLK DTM AMG Coupe, which was likewise a limited edition of 100 and rapidly sold out, provided the initial impetus for the development of the powerful high-performance AMG Cabriolet. It was also modeled on the most successful car in the German Touring Car Masters - the racing version of the Mercedes-Benz CLK with which Bernd Schneider was able to win the DTM championship in the 2003 season. The equipment of the CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet also takes its lead from the racetrack: AMG sports bucket seats with leather/Alcantara upholstery guarantee optimal lateral support, while the buckskin-covered, oval AMG racing steering wheel and the AMG instrument cluster with its 360 km/h speedometer scale lend an unmistakable motorsport touch to the interior.

The exterior design of the new CLK DTM AMG already suggests outstanding performance at the level of thoroughbred sports cars, and demonstrates the transfer of top-class technology from the world of motor racing: a deep-drawn front apron with large air inlets, prominently flared wheel arches, 19 and 20-inch AMG light-alloy wheels and the diffuser-look rear end with its aerofoil are reminiscent of the successful CLK racing tourers from the DTM. Numerous body components are made from particularly strong and lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CRP), for example the bonnet, doors, front wings, flared rear wheel arches and aerofoil.

Performance at the Level of a Super Sports Car

The Cabriolet is powered by the supercharged AMG eight-cylinder engine, which is familiar from other AMG cars but has been specifically reengineered with modifications to the crankcase, pistons, valve gear, cooling, intake manifold, supercharger and exhaust system. The AMG V8 engine generates a maximum output of 582 bhp at 6100 rpm from a displacement of 332 cubic inches, while the maximum torque of 590 lb-ft is available at 3500 rpm.

Instant response to movements of the accelerator, a powerful surge of torque, exhilarating liveliness and an unmistakable V8 sound are the particular strengths of this ultra-powerful, supercharged AMG 5.5-litre V8 unit, which gives the new CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet the sort of performance levels found in super sports cars. A racing touch is also provided by the AMG SPEEDSHIFT five-speed automatic transmission: the five gears are changed by briefly pulling the shift paddles on the steering wheel, with extremely short shift times guaranteeing a particularly sporty and direct driving experience.

Suspension and Limited-Slip Differential

The suspension is fully the equal of the high-performance engine. In line with usual motor racing practice, a height-adjustable torsion suspension system is used. The rear axle has been redesigned with completely new spring links and wheel carriers, as well as reinforced drive shafts. The usual rubber elements are replaced by uni-ball joints on both axles to produce outstandingly precise handling. A multi-disc limited slip differential on the rear axle ensures optimal traction, while acceleration skid control (ASR) and the Electronic Stability Program ESP have been adapted to suit the increased performance potential.

Functional Racing Atmosphere in the Interior

The interior of the CLK DTM AMG is characterized by a functional motor racing atmosphere, with a judicious touch of the exclusivity expected of a genuine AMG high-performance car. AMG sports bucket seats of ultra-light CRP with leather/ Alcantara upholstery provide the occupants with outstanding lateral support, while the AMG sports steering wheel with its oval rim is covered in high-grip buckskin and gives the driver an excellent feel for the vehicle. Like the instrument cluster, the door linings and other interior components are of lightweight CRP. The silver-colored shift gate, starter button and four rocker switches are eye-catching features on the redesigned centre console.

Despite a performance potential worthy of the racetrack, the CLK DTM AMG has all the virtues typical of any Mercedes model: everyday suitability, durability, safety, quality and standards of service to satisfy even the most demanding requirements. The fast AMG Coupe is hand-assembled in close cooperation between Mercedes-AMG GmbH and H.W.A. GmbH. The latter is one of the most successful touring car racing teams, and is also responsible for assembly and operation of the current C-Class DTM cars.

The first of the limited-edition CLK DTM AMG Cabriolets will be delivered to customers during the first half of 2006.

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