Mercedes CLK gets two new V8 engines

08 May 2006

Mercedes CLK coupe and cabriolets now have two new V8s to power them.

The CLK 63 AMG replaces the CLK 55 AMG, and has a new, naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8 engine boasting 481bhp. It's the amount of pull that's most noticeable, however - almost 80% of its 465lb/ft is available as low as 2000rpm.

The new engine powers the 63 AMG through Mercedes' AMG Speedshift 7G-Tronic gearbox - a paddle-operated, seven-speed automatic gearbox with three drive modes.

The car comes with AMG sports suspension, and is fitted with 18-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels. There's a new front apron with side air vents and spoiler lip on the boot lid, while the interior gets Nappa leather upholstery, AMG sports seats and a sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles.

The 63 AMG coupe costs from £65,215, and the cabriolet costs £68,815.

The second V8 is fitted to the CLK 500 - it's a 5.5-litre petrol engine with 388bhp, which can power the coupe from 0-62mph in 5.2sec. The cabriolet is just 0.1sec slower. Top speed is limited to 155mph.

The CLK 500 also comes with the 7G-Tronic gearbox as standard, and costs £47,490 for the coupe ad £51,090 for the cabriolet.

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