Thursday, June 08, 2006

It's Not Windy, That's Just the 582 Horsepower: Mercedes CLK DTM AMG Cabrio

The 2007 Mercedes CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet

DaimlerChrysler has officially staked claim to having the world's fastest four-seat convertible, and it's not the Chrysler Sebring. rather, it's the race-bred CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet from Mercedes Benz.

Limited to 100 examples, the CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet emulates the CLK DTM race cars that are a fixture on German racetracks each weekend and adds a convertible top for good measure. Power is from an AMG-spec 5.5 liter supercharged V8 that dishes out 582 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. The bodywork is heavily modified, and many panels have been replaced by carbon-fiber units. The large, unpainted rear wing is also made of the stiff, lightweight composite.

The rear wing and most of the bodywork is made of carbon fiber.

As you would expect from a Mercedes supercar, the driver and passengers are treated with respect. The cabin also gets the once-over, with carbon fiber replacing many surface materials. The seats are finished in leather and alacantra, and overall, the interior shows that it means business without losing its sense of luxury.

Full luxury appointments await the fortunate few who will grace the car's four seats.

On the technical side, a six-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT automatic swaps gears, while new AMG brakes (6-piston in front, 4-piston in the rear) slow things down in a hurry. A new adjustable suspension helps drivers keep things under control.

The price? 277,000 Euros ($350,000+ USD). Get 'em while they're hot, because the 100 cars are a lock to sell out.

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Source, Photos: DaimlerChrysler