LeftLaneNews

2007 Mercedes CLK 500/550

With the 2007 CLK 63 AMG now pushing 481 horsepower -- 119 horsepower more than the CLK 55 it replaced -- Mercedes knew it had to do something to bridge the gap between the AMG model and the CLK 500. Today, the automaker unveiled the 2007 CLK 500, with a new V8 engine developing 388 horsepower, compared to 302 horsepower for the 2006 model. What's more, torque is increased to 530Nm -- up from 460Nm. The increased output means zero to 62 mph takes just 5.2 seconds, rather than the previous 5.9. Fuel consumption is identical to the 2006 model. Mercedes has also made its 7G-TRONIC seven-speed transmission available on the 2007 CLK 350 and 500. The new AMG styling package includes includes leather multicontour seats, metallic paintwork, an AMG ergonomic sports steering wheel with shift paddles and aluminium sports pedals. Outside, new front and rear aprons, chrome tailpipes, 18-inch wheels, and perforated front brake rotors give the car a sportier appearance. (Update: Some Mercedes documentation refers to the car as the CLK 550. It seems the automaker is still not sure what to call its cars with this new engine.) Gallery after the jump...