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Mercedes-Benz CLK Cabriolet: a breath of air

So that the sun does not shine “past the ticket office” and the wind pleasantly cooled “past wounds”, the automobile industry invented a cabriolet, to which they immediately labeled open-top enjoyment, “pleasure without a roof.”
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Many have remembered – 110 thousand customers since 1998 have made their choice in favor of open-top Stuttgart cars. And in order not to disappoint its future customers, at the Geneva Motor Show, the company introduced a new version of the four-seater convertible, which has become longer, more technologically advanced and protected. With the first, nothing can be done – thanks to the global automotive industry, the CLK Cabrio has become longer (+71 mm), the base (+25 mm) has also increased. All this gives more freedom to two passengers in individual rear seats, which are now freer to work with elbows (+30 mm in this zone) and do not cripple your knees (+44 mm). Aerodynamic indicators of a fast two-door body will make a sufficient impression on those concerned – the drag coefficient of a convertible is 0.30, which will certainly have a positive effect on fuel efficiency, handling and noise protection. In the same “cashier” and increased body stiffness due to inserts – more than 40% of body panels are high-strength steel elements. Thanks to them, the rigidity of the body for twisting was increased by 12% compared with its predecessor.

The folding roof, which is assigned to perhaps the main role in the new CLK Cabrio, does not lag behind the rest in the number of innovations. According to the creators, the multilayer material of the soft roof allows the new CLK to be the best in the class in terms of such parameters as “noise insulation”, “thermal insulation”, and “visibility from the driver’s seat”. The latter merit, however, directly relates to narrow rear pillars, as well as to the impressive rear window opening. The hydraulic mechanism does all the work, putting the roof in the trunk for a few seconds — nothing has changed in this regard, except that the operation can now be activated from the remote control. The important fact is that the folded roof does not occupy the entire trunk space, leaving space for 390 liters of usable volume, and this figure has increased by 40 liters compared with the previous model.

The standard equipment of the new model includes much of what the exacting owner will probably need: automatic climate control with air ducts for rear passengers, cruise control, an audio system, a bi-directional steering wheel with illuminated buttons and a central display for individual settings, a level maintenance system Head Light Headlamp Assist. Yes, and in the list of additional equipment you can find a lot of pleasant things, such as Distronic (system of maintaining a distance to going ahead), Keyless-Go (access and activation without a key), Linguatronic (voice control of navigation, radio and telephone) and much more .

The new model is no exception to the company’s corporate rules, as evidenced by the super-attentive attitude to the adopted passive safety measures. Thanks to sensitive sensors, with the threat of overturning, the safety arch behind the front seats is automatically erected within fractions of a second, front adaptive airbags and side panels protecting the head and chest will be ready for activation, and belt tensioners will play their part. Nothing new? In principle, yes, except for the fact that the whole set is now included as standard in the cabriolet, and in the list of additional equipment there are only side airbags for rear passengers.

Active safety is maintained “at the level of” including thanks to the new independent suspension with a new, three-lever scheme in front and a revised multi-link combination at the rear. And by request, they will now easily assemble a more “sporty” version, with reduced ground clearance and other characteristics of springs and shock absorbers. In order to have something to choose from, already at the stage of presenting the model, five petrol units, characterized by increased power, torque and reduced fuel consumption, can settle down under the hood. Two V-8s dominate in this series: the CLK 55 AMG (367 hp) allows the car to sprint to the hundred in just 5.4 seconds, winning eight-tenths of its predecessor, and the CLK 500 (306 hp) has a stock of 27 horsepower compared to the previous CLK 430. A number of six-cylinder engines added 2.6-liter unit (170 hp), and the engine CLK 320 (218 hp) remained unchanged. The CLK 200 Kompressor (163 hp) four-cylinder line closes the line, equipped with all the advantages of the Twinpulse combination – supercharged.

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