E55-swapped Mercedes CLK500 Sounds Like an Angry Dragon

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What happens when you stuff a tuned and modified M113K into a C209 Mercedes CLK500? Pure magic.

Back in its heyday, the C209 Mercedes CLK500 was a classy, handsome, and highly capable vehicle. The swoopy coupe still looks great today, however, and holds up fairly well in terms of performance. With a 5.0-liter V8 producing 302 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque, it was capable of hitting 60 miles per hour in a respectable 5.7-seconds. Of course, the Mercedes CLK500 has the capability to do much, much more. Especially with a full E55 swap.

Which is exactly what the masterminds down at EuroWorks in Tampa, Florida, have done with this CLK as seen above on the company’s official YouTube page. They lumped a legendary M113K engine in the car from a 2003-2006 E55, which is a pretty powerful mill in its own right. The 5.4-liter supercharged V8 produced 469 hp and 516 lb-ft in stock form. And many consider it to be the last great Mercedes Kompressor engine ever built, save for the one used in the SLR McLaren, of course.

E55-Swapped Mercedes CLK500

In this case, the big upgrade in power wasn’t good enough, of course. Thus, the guys at EuroWorks added a DTK650 kit, 68mm fixed pulley, and Eurocharged headers to the mix. Which obviously cranks things up quite a bit. Enough so that this Mercedes CLK spits some flames out of the uncorked exhaust when revved up just a bit.

E55-Swapped Mercedes CLK500

This is a recipe that sounds like pure, unadulterated fun. And we hope that EuroWorks shares the finished product with us soon. We’d love to see this bad boy on the dyno. Or, even better, ripping off a few quick passes in the quarter-mile.

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Brett Foote has been covering the auto industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ popular Auto Group websites, including Corvette Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among others.

Foote has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles and every other type of automobile, Foote had spent several years running parts for local dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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