Mercedes-Benz CLK550 Cabriolet

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK550 Cabriolet is fun to drive and powered by a 5.5-liter V8 engine delivering 382 horsepower and 391 lb.-ft. of torque.

The CLK line can be identified by a signature Mercedes coupe and roadster treatment that places the three-pointed star in the center of a low, three-bar grille, and what appear to be four lights are actually pairs of conjoined ellipses that form a single unit on each side.

The CLK550 features standard sport suspension and 18-inch five-twin-spoke AMG wheels. The interior of vehicles equipped with the Sport package features black ash wood trim, a black headliner, black carpets and a special instrument cluster complete with white gauges.

All CLK models come with a stylishly sporty and well-appointed interior. The lines of the dashboard are complemented by its soft-touch surface, providing a luxurious feel and high-quality appearance. The instrument panel uses an aesthetically pleasing mix of analog gauges and vertical LCD bar graphs for the fuel gauge and the coolant temperature.

When front occupants close their doors, an electric motor on each side extends an arm that holds the seat belt, making it easier for the occupants to reach them. The belt presenters retract once the seat belts are buckled or after a pre-set time has passed.

Standard luxury features include digital dual-zone automatic climate control with a sun sensor to optimize air distribution. The 10-way power front seats are unique to the CLK line. To allow easier access to the rear seats, they automatically slide to the front whenever a seatback is tipped forward.

The CLK steering wheel is power-adjustable for tilt and reach. Buttons on its spokes provide an easy and convenient way to control many of the car’s systems, and the display in the center of the speedometer allows the driver to view the selected radio station, a personal phone book entry or navigation instructions when equipped with optional COMAND DVD navigation.

Rain-sensing intermittent wipers and entrance lights add an extra layer of luxury that helps reduce driving stress, and the center console houses two cupholders and a storage compartment.

Complete with a high-pressure water jet wash system, optional bi-xenon headlights with active curve illumination feature dynamic adjusters that shift their beams in response to the steering angle, providing up to a 90% increase in usable illumination through corners. Other optional features include Keyless-Go, active ventilated seats, an electronic trunk closer and a wood/leather steering wheel.

Rack and pinion steering delivers precise, direct feel and response while providing an additional safety benefit – the steering rack is mounted on a deformable aluminum subframe that doesn’t impede absorption of crash energy. The CLK also features speed-sensitive steering, which provides ample power-steering assist for easier parking and low-speed maneuvers, with reduced boost at speed for better road feel.

The 2009 CLK line features standard Mercedes active safety innovations such as ESP stability control, ABS anti-lock brakes, straight-line ASR traction control, and Brake Assist. The latest Mercedes-Benz safety technology includes dual-stage front air bags, front side air bags and, on coupe models, window curtain air bags. Cabriolets are fitted with head/thorax side bags in the front.

Source: Mercedes-Benz press

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