The Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class is a former series of mid-size or entry-level luxury coupés and convertibles produced by Mercedes-Benz between 1997 and 2010. Although its design and styling were derived from the E-Class, the mechanical underpinnings were based on the smaller C-Class and were positioned between the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class and CL-Class.
The CLK55 AMG is powered by a hand-assembled 5.4-litre V8 engine. The hardware list includes super-stiff forged billet steel crankshaft, forged, weight-matched connecting rods and pistons, lightweight AMG-specific chain-driven single overhead camshafts V8 (one cam per cylinder bank) with two intake and one exhaust valves per cylinder, as well as 8 coil packs and 16 spark plugs (two spark plugs per cylinder). All of these advanced technologies help to deliver a healthy 342 hp (255 kW) and 376 lb-ft (510 Nm) of torque. The five-speed automatic transmission is adapted from the gearbox used in the V-12 S-class models. This is a consuming vehicle at around 11l/100km. It features all the standard safety components.