The Mercedes CLK went on sale and at the same time Brabus presented its exclusive tuning program for the new coupe. The 6.1 liter increased-displacement engine turns the CLK 500 into a purebred sportscar. The displacement increase of the eight-cylinder engine, available for ¬ 24.050, is facilitated by a custom crankshaft milled from one piece with longer stroke and larger pistons. In addition the cylinder heads are remachined and fitted with custom camshafts. The sport exhaust with high-performance catalysts also contributes to the impressive power output as do reprogrammed engine electronics.

The Brabus front spoiler lends the CLK a more striking appearance and improves aerodynamic lift at high speeds. The rear valance features a custom-tailored cutout for the sport exhaust with two chrome-plated tailpipes.

Brabus also offers three different high-performance brake systems for the new CLK. The largest version features six-piston fixed aluminum calipers and 355-mm vented and slotted discs in front. The rear axle is fitted with 300-mm discs and four-piston aluminum fixed calipers. Special flex-steel no-burst brake lines guarantee constant high brake pressure at all time.

BRABUS also offers engine tuning for the six-cylinder models CLK 240 and CLK 320.

In Detail

engine
V8

position
Front Longitudinal

aspiration
Natural

valvetrain
SOHC, 3 Valves per Cyl

displacement
6100 cc / 372.2 in³

power
317.7 kw / 426 bhp @ 6000 rpm

specific output
69.84 bhp per litre

bhp/weight
256.63 bhp per tonne

torque
621 nm / 458.0 ft lbs @ 4100 rpm

body / frame
Unit Steel

driven wheels
RWD

front tires
235/35 ZR 19

rear tires
265/30 ZR 19

front brakes
Vented & Sloted Discs w/6-Piston Calipers

f brake size
x 355 mm / x 14.0 in

rear brakes
Vented & Sloted Discs w/4-Piston Calipers

r brake size
x 300 mm / x 11.8 in

front wheels
F 48.3 x 21.6 cm / 19.0 x 8.5 in

rear wheels
R 48.3 x 25.4 cm / 19.0 x 10.0 in

f suspension
MacPherson Stuts w/Coil Springs, Gas-Filled Shocks, Anti-Roll Bar

r suspension
Multi-Link w/Coil Springs, Gas-Filled Shocks, Anti-Roll Bar

curb weight
1660 kg / 3660 lbs

length
4638 mm / 182.6 in

width
1740 mm / 68.5 in

height
1413 mm / 55.6 in

transmission
5-Speed Automatic

gear ratios
3.56:1, 2.19:1, 1.41:1, 1.00:1, 0.83:1, :1

top speed
~305 kph / 189.5 mph

0 – 60 mph
~4.6 seconds

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