This review is for the Australian CLK 500 (which is the equivalent of US CLK 550). This is the latest 5.5 Litre, 4 value, 7 Speed model. It replaces the prior 5 Litre, 3 Value, 5 Speed model. Car is A...
This review is for the Australian CLK 500 (which is the equivalent of US CLK 550). This is the latest 5.5 Litre, 4 value, 7 Speed model. It replaces the prior 5 Litre, 3 Value, 5 Speed model. Car is Avant Garde with AMG Sport Package which in Australia come standard 17" AMG Monoblock wheels which I replaced with 18" AMG Monoblock wheels.
The new model 5.5 Litre 4 Value V8 now producing more power than outgoing CLK 55 AMG and has 7 Speed Automatic with 3 settings: Comfort, Speed & Manual. Manual is operated via wheel based paddles.
The manual does not blip the throttle on downshift so you have to do this yourselve to get nice smooth manual downchange.
Car has massive acceleration (0-60 is in 5.1 seconds), and with Avant Garde/AMG Kit, provides lowered suspension, and so has very good handling and road feel.
To be perfectly honest I do not see how anyone could justify spending extra on 6.2 Litre AMG version, when the 5.5 Litre model is so good. The engine does not over power the car and in 5.5 Litre guise there is a great balance between performance and comfort, with excellent chassis rigidity.
Only reason for not getting all round 5 stars is because you have to pay so much for things like: not getting 18" wheels as part of AMG kit, distronic, key-less go & lingo tronic. I cannot really provide a reliability rating at this point as car is only 1 month old.