2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class - Road Test Specs

2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Sedan

(6.2L V8 7-speed Automatic)
Vehicle
Model year2007
MakeMercedes-Benz
ModelCLK-Class
StyleCLK63 AMG Black Series 2dr Coupe (6.2L 8cyl 7A)
Base MSRP$136,000 (estimated)
As-tested MSRP$136,000 (estimated)
Drivetrain
Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)6200cc (378 cu-in)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)500 @ 6,800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)465 @ 5,000
Transmission type7-speed automatic
Chassis
Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Tire brandPirelli
Tire modelP Zero Corsa
Tire size, front265/30ZR19 93Y
Tire size, rear285/30ZR19 98Y
Brakes, frontFront ventilated disc - Rear ventilated disc
Track Test Results
0-45 mph (sec.)3.1
0-60 mph (sec.)4.4
0-75 mph (sec.)6.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)12.6 @ 115.2
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)27
60-0 mph (ft.)108
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)67.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.96
Sound level @ idle (dB)53.3
@ Full throttle (dB)82.7
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.6
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsWith the electronic stability control switched off, it's extremely difficult to launch the car without smoking the rear tires with excessive wheelspin. Even at 1,000 rpm, wheelspin is inevitable. The best run was made in the transmission's Manual mode, as the Sport mode upshifts to 2nd gear if it detects even a hint of wheelspin, and a very measured throttle application was required. Also noticed that the tachometer is slow to register, so grabbed 2nd gear at indicated 5,000 rpm although redline is 7,000 rpm. Shift action is pretty brutal for an automatic but also seriously quick.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsBecause there's no drama during braking, this car doesn't feel like it has amazing brakes, yet the numbers say otherwise. Not much initial bite when the brakes are first applied, but thereafter the car squats down and really stops.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsOn the skid pad, this car is well balanced and supremely controlled. Could induce either understeer or oversteer at will. Steering is very responsive and doesn't feel like a typical Mercedes-Benz or even a typical AMG. Through the slalom, the car reacts to the steering without any delay. The front and rear of the car feel as if they roll at the same time, and the car takes a set at each cone and stays put until the next steering input. As wide and grippy as these tires are, the car could have gone faster yet with more tire grip, as eventually both front and rear tires release their grip on the pavement.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (F)77
Wind (mph, direction)2.5
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)13 city/20 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)14.4 mpg average10.0 mpg worst/16.4 mpg best
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.4
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3918
Length (in.)183.2
Width (in.)72.2
Height (in.)55.1
Wheelbase (in.)106.9
Legroom, front (in.)42.0
Legroom, rear (in.)Not available
Headroom, front (in.)38.4
Headroom, rear (in.)Not available
Seating capacity2
Cargo volume (cu-ft)11.0
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)11.0
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion4 years/50,000 miles
Roadside assistanceUnlimited
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front with head protection chambers
Head airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBrake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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