New Mercedes CLK Cabriolet Review
Life may always feels that little bit better when the sun comes out, but it feels a whole lot better when the sun comes out and you're sat at the wheel of a Mercedes CLK Cabriolet.
Stunningly good looking, the Mercedes CLK Cabriolet is a true four-seater convertible, the triple layered specially smooth soft top can be dropped from either inside the car, or for those of you who really want to show off, straight from the keyfob. Not that you're a show off, but if you are serious about the CLK Cabriolet, you are going to get admiring glances and a fair amount of people just staring, it's just not a car for shrinking violets.
As with all Mercedes models, safety is a priority, with anti lock braking with brake assist and an electronic stability programme with acceleration skid control being fitted as standard to all models to keep you stuck to the black stuff. Other safety systems for the CLK Cabriolet include Neck-Pro head restraints which are now also a standard feature for the Mercedes CLK Cabriolet, in the event of a rear end collision, pre tensioned springs release and move the front headrests forwards and upwards to protect the occupants from experiencing whiplash. In the event of the vehicle rolling during a collision, roll over bars are electronically deployed and are in position in just 0.3 of a second after the sensors feel the vehicle is tilting. With nowhere to fit window airbags, Mercedes have used head / thorax side bags in the front seats as standard (these can be chosen as an option in the rear) for even more additional safety.
Five petrol engines are on offer from Mercedes in the CLK Cabriolet range and entry level is the 1.8 litre supercharged inline four cylinder that is under the bonnet of the CLK 200 Kompressor, with a power output of 163 bhp the CLK 200 Kompressor can accelerate from 0 - 62 mph in 9.8 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 140 mph. The Kompressor is the only model in the range that has a six speed manual transmission fitted as standard. Move up to the CLK 280 and the 3.0 litre V6 with 231 bhp transports you from 0 - 62 mph in 7.8 seconds and as with the rest of the CLK Cabriolet range tops out at an electronically limited 155 mph. Sitting above the CLK 280 is the CLK 350, powered by a 272 bhp, 3.5 litre V6 the CLK 350 will whisk you up to 62 mph from a standing start in 6.7 seconds. With 306 bhp, the 5.0 litre V8 that powers the CLK 500 catapults you up to 62 mph in a little over 6 seconds. Finally the CLK 55 AMG, five and a half litres of pure excitement in a V8 package rocket you from 0 - 62mph in an incredible 5.4 seconds. The CLK 280, CLK 350 and CLK 500 all transmit their power through the Mercedes 7G-Tronic 7-speed automatic gearbox, the CLK 55 AMG uses a five speed automatic transmission with AMG speedshift due to the massive amounts of torque created by the engine.
We don't get enough sun in the UK as it is, so why not make the most of it in a new Mercedes CLK Cabriolet.
Like the looks of the Mercedes CLK Cabriolet why not check out the BMW Z4 Roadster, the Audi A4 Cabriolet, the BMW 3 Series Cabriolet or the Volvo C70.
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