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Drives: A160 CLASSIC (The Tardis), VW Passat Diesel
Are you guys getting the CLK55 Cab?
Here are the details from Aus MB site
its the 5.5 litre non supercharged engine uprated from the old E55..
Mercedes adds CLK 55 AMG Cabriolet to local line-up
Powerful AMG V8 engine developing 270 kW
F1-style gearshift on the steering wheel
AMG sports suspension, 17-inch wheels and high-performance brakes
Sports seats with exclusive nappa nubuck leather appointments
Mercedes-Benz has added the blistering CLK 55 AMG Cabriolet to its CLK-Class model range in Australia, with the first customer deliveries of the open-top sports model now underway.
Featuring V8 power, dynamic ride characteristics and a high-quality standard specification, the $204,900 CLK 55 AMG Cabriolet is the ultimate open-top sports model in the CLK-Class range. And the four-seater with a 5.5-litre, eight-cylinder engine developing 270 kW more than lives up to this billing. Peak torque is 510 Nm and arrives at 4000 rpm.
Perfectly honed by Mercedes-AMG, the V8 power plant equipped with three valves per cylinder and dual ignition delivers exemplary performance and torque characteristics. The engine is just as at home when accelerating dynamically as it is during relaxed cruising in high gear with immense power reserves. It enables the CLK 55 AMG Cabriolet to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds and has an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h.
Given the engine's dynamic power delivery, the five-speed automatic transmission with AMG-SPEEDSHIFT proves to be an ideal partner. Manual mode ("M") gives the driver the option of using F1-style gearshift paddles on the steering wheel. In addition, the gears are not changed automatically in this mode, meaning that the driver can utilise the immense pulling power to the full, even with the throttle wide open. Other AMG-SPEEDSHIFT functions that really come into their own during sporty driving include automatic active downshifting, "shift to ideal gear", torque converter lockup in any gear and shorter, more spontaneous gear changes.
The high-performance Cabriolet – complete with its eight-cylinder engine that complies with the EU 4 emissions regulations due to come into force in 2005 – consumes 12.3 litres of fuel per 100 km (NEDC combined consumption).
17-inch AMG wheels and powerful, harmoniously integrated AMG bodystyling
The leading-edge technology at the heart of the engine and driveline is matched by the suspension and brake technology in every respect. Equipped with AMG sports suspension, AMG light-alloy wheels (17-inch) with an attractive twin-spoke design and wide-base tyres – size 225/45 at the front and 245/40 at the rear – the CLK 55 AMG Cabriolet has absolutely everything it takes to ensure agile handling, dynamic cornering speeds and, in true Mercedes tradition, a high level of long-distance cruising comfort.
The generously dimensioned high-performance brakes ensure exemplary deceleration and optimum sensitivity. Four-piston fixed-caliper disc brakes with internally ventilated and perforated brake discs on the front axle, combined with two-piston fixed-caliper disc brakes at the rear, ensure a high level of safety, whatever the situation on the road. Maximum deceleration is 10.4 m/s2, a vivid indication of the brake system's immense power reserves.
Even at just a brief glance, there is no mistaking the position of the CLK 55 AMG Cabriolet as a top-of-the-range sports model. The captivating design of the open-air four-seater is made even more dynamic by the powerful AMG bodystyling: the prominent front apron with large cooling air openings and integrated fog lamps, as well as the side skirts and rear apron, harmoniously blend in with the overall design. At the rear, the chromed oval tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system provide another visual highlight. Furthermore their impressive V8 sound serves to emphasise the sporty dynamism of the car. The spoiler lip on the boot lid reduces the lift acting on the rear axle by over 50 percent. What's more, the CLK Cabriolet from Mercedes-AMG posts an unrivalled cd figure of 0.30.
Exclusive leather interior and high-grade appointments
Sporting prowess and exclusivity abound in the interior of the CLK 55 AMG Cabriolet. AMG door sills, AMG aluminium trim with decorative chrome strips, an instrument cluster with white dials and the ergonomically designed AMG sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles all combine to create an extraordinary ambience without compromising on practicality. The electrically adjustable, heated AMG sports seats with multicontour function are available with single-tone leather upholstery or a two-tone nappa nubuck leather combination.
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