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2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG

2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG

The 2006 Mercedes-Benz line of CLK coupes and cabriolets sport a discreet facelift that features a new grille and redesigned taillights. (continued below)

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2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG

Mercedes-Benz Facelifts CLK Class for 2006

Source: DaimlerChrysler | Published: Tue Oct 04, 2005

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In addition, the new CLK350 can be identified by a redesigned front apron and new wheels. Replacing the previous CLK320 models, the CLK350 coupe and cabriolet receive a seven-speed automatic transmission and are powered by a new-generation 268-horsepower V6 engine with double-overhead camshafts, variable valve timing, electronic tumble flaps and a two-stage intake manifold - all high-tech systems that work together to produce a broad power band and impressive fuel economy.

Active Front Head Restraints

Active front head restraints represent a significant new safety feature for all 2006 CLK models. In a rear collision, an electronic control unit triggers the front head restraints to move forward more than 13 inches and upward by more than an inch, helping to support the head and reduce whiplash injuries.

CLK55 AMG with Five-Speed Transmission

The new CLK350 model is equipped with the innovative Mercedes-Benz seven-speed automatic transmission, which makes shifting even smoother, while simultaneously improving acceleration and fuel economy. Using seven gear ratios allows individual gears to be spaced closer together, for shifting ease and to ensure that the engine runs in the heart of its power range more often. At the same time, the seven-speed provides a larger overall spread between the lowest and highest gear to provide the best combination of good acceleration and fuel economy. When the driver shifts down rapidly through the gears (kickdown), the seven-speed transmission does not always select the individual gears in strict order. Instead, the transmission will skip a particular gear if necessary, switching from seventh gear straight down to fifth, and even sixth to second skipping three gears at once.

The CLK500 was upgraded with the seven-speed automatic last year, and CLK55 AMG uses an AMG-modified five-speed automatic transmission with AMG SpeedShift control.

Design and Performance Define CLK-Class

The CLK line can be identified by a now-signature Mercedes coupe/roadster design that places the three-pointed star in the center of a low, wide grill, and what appear to be four lights are actually two ellipses that form a single unit on each side. The original CLK Cabriolet's ability to carry four people and their luggage helped the car succeed in a market segment that has since seen some other luxury cabriolets disappear. The current CLK is even roomier and more practical than its predecessor, adding rear headroom, elbow / hip room and knee room.

Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG: Review (2/2)

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type V8
Displacement 332 cu in (5439 cc)
Power 362 hp @ 5750 RPM
Torque 376 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
Redline 6700
Driveline Rear Wheel Drive
Transmission 5 Speed Automatic (SpeedShift)
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Disc - Ventilated Disc
Tire Size Front - Rear 225/40 ZR18 - 255/35 ZR18
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length 183.2 in
Width 68.5 in
Height 55.4 in
Curb Weight 3960 lbs
0-60 5.2 s
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed 155 mph (electronically limited)
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway 16/22
Origin & Price
Origin Germany
Base Retail Price (MSRP) $82,600

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