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2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Overview

Mercedes-Benz makes a few updates to its CLK-Class two-door coupes and cabriolets for 2008. The automaker now offers the high-performance CLK63 AMG, previously available only as a cabriolet, as a coupe for 2008. In addition, the base CLK350, available as both a coupe and a cabriolet, now comes with a new optional Appearance Package, which adds a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch wheels, rubber-studded stainless-steel pedals, and a choice of Sport or Luxury interior. The CLK550, also available as either a coupe or cabriolet, rolls into 2008 unchanged.

All CLK-Class trims retain their broad stance and pillarless cabin design, which results in an airy, uninterrupted side profile with the windows open or closed. Standard exterior features include light-sensing headlights, halogen foglights, heated power mirrors, and rain-sensing wipers.

A 268-hp, 3.5-liter, double-overhead-cam V6 powers the CLK350. This V6 links to a seven-speed automatic transmission, making CLK-Class cars the only ones in their class with a seven-speed automatic, according to Mercedes. Standard features for the CLK350 include leather upholstery, Burl Walnut wood trim, and an electronic stability program. The CLK350 Cabriolet includes a triple-insulated soft top, which retracts in 17 seconds for open-air driving.

A throaty 5.5-liter V8 engine drives the CLK550 coupe and cabriolet. The V8 delivers 382 hp and propels the CLK550 from 0 to 60 in just over 5 seconds. The engine links to a seven-speed automatic transmission with Touch Shift, which enables drivers to manually shift gears by nudging the shift lever left or right.

Standard interior features for the CLK550 include hand-polished Black Ash wood trim, leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, and a six-speaker audio system. The CLK550 also features a number of unique components designed by AMG, Mercedes' in-house sport tuner, including a rear spoiler, dual polished chrome exhaust tips, and 18-inch AMG-designed five-twin-spoke wheels.

At the top of the lineup, the CLK63 AMG comes equipped with a 6.2-liter V8 engine producing 507 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque, which drives the CLK63 AMG from 0 to 60 in 4.3 seconds. The engine links to an AMG SpeedShift 7G-Tronic transmission, which includes steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for manual shifting. Standard features include AMG racing-inspired sport seats, an AMG carbon-embedded instrument cluster, a high-performance braking system, and an AMG sports suspension.

Across the line, standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated windshield washer system, and the Keyless-Go system, which enables drivers to lock and unlock the vehicle and start and stop the engine without using a key. The rear-wheel-drive CLK-Class coupes and cabriolets were designed to provide a smooth, quiet ride with good acceleration, and most drivers and reviewers agree that the cars easily meet that goal.

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Rob has been a contributor to CarGurus since 2007, and an automotive test-driver and writer since the early ’90s. He’s test-driven everything from BMWs and Jags to Bentleys and Saabs, with an occasional Range Rover, Ferrari, Porsche or Lamborghini thrown in. He also created the annual Car of the Year and Exotic Car of the Year awards for Robb Report magazine. He currently resides in California.

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