The Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class is little changed for 2007. There's a new sports appearance package for the CLK350, the CLK550 replaces the CLK500 (and brings along 80 more hp), and the high-performance CLK63 AMG convertible replaces the CLK55 AMG and provides a 113-hp boost.
The Mercedes-Benz CLK is similar in size to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, but is a sleekly styled 2-door coupe available with a hardtop or convertible roof. The CLK is available as the CLK350 coupe and cabriolet with a 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine; the CLK500 coupe and cabriolet with a 382-hp, 5.5-liter V-8; or the CLK63 AMG convertible with a 507-hp, 6.3-liter V-8.
The CLK350 and CLK550 can be equipped with a new Sport Package that includes 10-spoke, 17-inch wheels; shorter springs that lower ride height; sport shock absorbers for crisper handling; and perforated brake discs with special brake calipers. The package also includes an interior trimmed in black ash wood with black carpets and special whiteface gauges.
Among the distinctive features of the CLK are powered arms that automatically present the driver and front-seat passenger with their shoulder belts. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power adjustable front seats that automatically power forward when the seat back is tipped so someone can enter the rear seat, and a power-adjustable tilt and telescoping steering column.
The Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class competes in the Compact Premium Sporty segment, which consists of eight models. Buyers in this segment look for exterior styling, performance, and quality, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Nissan 350Z (24,635 units sold), Acura RSX (16,996), and Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class (16,415). The Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class' 16,415 sales in 2006 represent a decrease of 9.9 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Compact Premium Sporty segment include the BMW Z4, Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class, Porsche Cayman, Honda S2000, and Porsche BoxsterJoining the segment in 2007 is the Volvo XC70..