2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet
The fastest open-top
four-seater in the world
(from Daimler-Chrysler Press Release) Affalterbach/Monte Carlo - Mika Häkkinen extends his fleet: The AMG-Mercedes
DTM driver drives a brand new CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet. “After changing
from the open Formula 1 racing car to the closed DTM saloon, the CLK
DTM AMG Cabriolet is exactly the right car for quick trips around my
home town Monte Carlo, or along the winding roads in the surrounding
Maritime Alps” said the Formula 1 World Champion of 1998 and 1999.
Apart from Mika Häkkinen the McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 driver Juan
Pablo Montoya has also chosen a CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet; his team
colleague Kimi Raikkönen has driven a CLK DTM AMG Coupé since 2005.
Technological transfer from motorsport
Alone the exterior design of the new CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet indicates the highest performance at the level of thoroughbred racing cars and attests to the transfer of top-class technology from motorsport: the deep-drawn front apron with large air inlets, striking wheel arch flaring, 19 and 20-inch AMG light-alloy wheels and the rear end in diffusor-look are reminiscent of the successful CLK racing touring cars from the German Touring Masters. Numerous body components are made of the high-strength and particularly light carbon fibre composite material CRP, for example the bonnet, doors, front wings, rear wheel arches flaring, the front and rear aprons as well as the rear aerofoil.
Superlative sports car performance
Under the bonnet is the supercharged AMG eight-cylinder engine known from numerous other AMG cars but here specifically redeveloped. There are modifications to the crankcase, pistons, cooling system, intake tract, supercharger and exhaust system. A 5439 cubic centimetres displacement provides the AMG V8 with a maximum performance of 428 kW/582 hp at 6100 rpm, and the maximum torque of 800 Newton metres is available at 3500 rpm. Instant response to accelerator pedal movements, powerful torque increase, exhilarating response and the unique V8 sound are the particular strengths of the AMG 5.5-litre V8 compressor engine which provides the new CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet with the performance of superlative sports cars. From 0 to 100 km/h requires only 4.0 seconds and the maximum speed is 300 km/h (electronically limited). No other open-top four-seater series production car achieves this. Racing feeling is also provided by the power transmission by means of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT five-speed automatic transmission: the five gears are changed by a brief pull of the AMG shift paddles on the steering wheel, the extremely short response times enable a particularly sporty and direct driving experience.
Newly developed adjustable suspension system and differential lock on rear axle
The suspension is also fully appropriate for the high-performance engine. It is a height-adjustable torsion suspension system such as is used in motor racing. The rear axle has been redesigned with completely new spring links and wheel carriers as well as reinforced drive shafts. Uni-ball joints on both axles have replaced the rubber elements to provide extremely precise handling. Optional traction is ensured by a multiple-disc limited-slip differential on the rear axle. The acceleration skid control ASR and the Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) have been adapted for the increased performance potential.
Optional Dunlop sports tyres for particularly good grip
Contact to the road surface is provided by optionally available sports tyres from DTM motorsport partner Dunlop; the dimensions are 255/35 R 19 (front) and 285/30 R 20 (rear). These tyres have a particularly good grip and are fitted on multi-piece AMG light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design in the sizes 8.5 by 19 or 10 by 20. With their filigree spokes they are not only strikingly attractive, but also ensure an effective brake ventilation. Perfect deceleration is also ensured by the newly developed AMG high-performance composite brake system with six-piston fixed-brake callipers at the front and four-piston fixed brake callipers at the rear.
Functional racing atmosphere in the interior
The interior of the CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet is characterised by a
functional motor racing atmosphere with the astute exclusivity of a
genuine AMG high performance car. AMG sports bucket seats of
ultra-light CRP with leather /Alcantara upholstery provide the
occupants with outstanding lateral support. The AMG sports steering
wheel with its oval rim is covered in high-grip suede and gives the
driver an excellent feel for the vehicle. The door linings, trim
parts and other interior components are also of CRP. The redesigned
centre console has a striking silver-coloured