1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class

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$2,401–$4,133 Inventory Prices

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1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Road Test

Tom Strongman
The four-eyed face of the Mercedes-Benz CLK looks like a baby E-class sedan, but slide behind the wheel and the snug fit of its cockpit-like interior reinforces the fact that it is smaller and sportier than the mid-size E320.

Even though it rides on the same basic chassis as the C-class sedan, the CLK is oriented toward drivers who want 215 horsepower, crisp handling and a rock-solid feel. Its two-door coupe body, with steeply slanted windshield and curved rear roofline, is not only handsome, but one of the most stylish in the Mercedes line.

Prices for the CLK starts at about $40,000. This fall there will be two more models: a cabriolet, for $47,200, and a the powerful CLK430, with a 275-horse, 4.3-liter V8 and AMG sport package, for $47,900. My test drive, however, was confined to the V6-powered CLK320.

Whereas the C280 sedan has a 2.8-liter V6, the CLK320 gets the larger 3.2-liter V6 that is also used in the E-class. This newly-designed engine, the first V6 ever designed by Mercedes, shares much of its basic architecture with the 4.3-liter V8, and that necessitates a balance shaft to tame some inherent vibrations. Three valves per cylinder, two intake and one exhaust, as well as two spark plugs per cylinder, have been employed to improve efficiency and lower emissions.

On the road, this engine is smooth. Throttle response, typical of Mercedes-Benz, is linear, and you have to push deliberately to get full performance. When you do, however, the CLK's transformation ... Read more

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