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2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Coupe - Overview

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Overview

What's New
The CLK350 coupe and cabriolet (convertible) join the lineup for the 2006 model year. All models within the CLK-Class range get an updated appearance as well as new active front head restraints that are designed to counter the whiplash forces in a rear-end collision.

Overview
While sharing many of their underpinnings with the C-Class sedan, CLK-Class models feature a two-door body style that includes either a sleek hardtop or a power folding convertible top. Mercedes originally launched the CLK as a coupe in 1998 and added the convertible version a year later. A thoroughly updated second-generation coupe was introduced in 2003, with the new convertible added in 2004. For 2006, the former CLK320 has been replaced by the new CLK350, which features a new 268-hp 3.5L V-6 engine and a new 7-speed automatic transmission.

Returning to the lineup are the CLK500 (coupe and convertible) and the CLK55 AMG, a high-performance version that is available only as a convertible. Even these carryover models have redesigned grilles and tail lamp treatments, just like those on the CLK350. The CLK500 also gets a sportier interior treatment and comes with an exhaust system from AMG, Mercedes' in-house tuner shop. The CLK500 is powered by a 302-hp, 5.0L V-8 engine and can sprint to 60 miles per hour in less than six seconds. The CLK55 AMG draws its power from a 362-hp, 5.5L V-8 engine and needs little more than five seconds to reach freeway cruising speeds.

All CLKs feature automatic seat-belt presenters, devices that deliver the shoulder belts to the driver and front-seat passenger when the doors are closed. Also standard are dual-zone climate controls, 10-way power adjustable front seats, and a Harman/Kardon premium audio system. CLK models also feature a full array of active and passive safety equipment, including electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, and front and side airbags, with side-curtain airbags on hardtop models.

The Competition
The Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class competes in the Compact Premium Sporty segment, a small but prestigious and very competitive category of cars with cutting-edge design and aggressive performance capabilities.

According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the sales leader for calendar year 2005 was the Nissan 350Z (27,278), followed by the Acura RSX (20,809), Mercedes-Benz CLK (18,227), Chrysler Crossfire (14,665), Mercedes-Benz SLK (11,278), BMW Z4 (10,045), and Porsche Boxster (7,879) and Cayman. Others in this segment include the Honda S2000, Saab 9-2X, Audi TT, and Volvo C70.

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