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2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK

2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK
Smooth, fast and beautiful.

By Mitch McCullough, Editor-in-Chief

Review Pages
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1. Overview
2. Walkaround and Interior
3. Driving Impressions
4. Summary, Prices, Specs

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Overview

Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class blends luxury, power and performance with graceful looks and innovative technology. Lean and quick, any one of these can cruise at scofflaw rates of speed all day.

No one truly needs more power than the smooth, highly efficient 3.2-liter V6 provides for the CLK320 models. But for those who crave power, there's the CLK430, a great supercoupe with a powerful 4.3-liter V8 that will elevate its owner into rarified automotive air. Both coupes perform flawlessly. Last year, Mercedes added the CLK320 Cabriolet to lineup. For 2000, the CLK430 Cabriolet joins the line to bring the CLK-Class to four models.

All CLK models sport interior and exterior enhancements for 2000: Aerodynamic enhancements alter their appearance, while a bevy of interior upgrades add convenience. Enhancing safety are side-view mirrors that feature turn signal repeaters, and the superb Electronic Stability Programming that is now standard equipment.

Model Lineup

Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class is available as a coupe and convertible with a choice of two engines.

CLK320 ($41,600) is powered by the first V6 in Mercedes-Benz history. This 3.2-liter is lightweight and sophisticated, and comes with an intelligent 5-speed automatic transmission. It's a superb combination that gives the CLK320 excellent response around town and great high-speed cruising capability on the open road.

CLK430 ($49,100) ups the ante with a 275-horsepower 4.3-liter V8. It comes with a sports suspension developed by renowned German tuning firm AMG that turns the CLK into a limited-production high-performance luxury coupe.

CLK320 Cabriolet ($48,100) and CLK430 Cabriolet ($55,600) offer upscale, top-down motoring.


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