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Mercedes Introduces World's Fastest Open-Top Four-Seater

16 September 2005

Mercedes Benz have introduced the CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet, the limited edition supercharged V8 sporting a lightweight carbon fibre body.

Mercedes have produced the CLK DTM AMG Cabriolet with a limited edition of 100 and exhibited the car at this years International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany.

The car boasts a 428-kW/582-hp AMG 5.5-litre, supercharged V8, a newly developed AMG sports suspension and aerodynamics refined in the wind tunnel. The high-performance AMG sports car accelerates to 100 km/h in just 4.0 seconds and has a maximum speed of 300 km/h (electronically limited). This makes the new high-performance AMG Cabriolet the world’s fastest open-top four-seater, according to Mercedes.

The demand for the CLK DTM AMG Coupé, which was likewise a limited edition of 100 and rapidly sold out, provided the initial impetus for the development of the powerful high-performance AMG Cabriolet. It was also modelled on the most successful car in the German Touring Car Masters – the racing version of the Mercedes-Benz CLK with which Bernd Schneider was able to win the DTM championship in the 2003 season.

Numerous body components are made from particularly strong and lightweight carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CRP), for example the bonnet, doors, front wings, flared rear wheel arches and aerofoil.

The interior features AMG sports bucket seats, also made of CRP with leather/ Alcantara upholstery to provide the occupants with improved lateral support, while the AMG sports steering wheel with its oval rim is covered in high-grip buckskin and gives the driver an excellent feel for the vehicle. Like the instrument cluster, the door linings and other interior components are of lightweight CRP. The silver-coloured shift gate, starter button and four rocker switches are eye-catching features on the redesigned centre console.

The fast AMG Coupé is hand-assembled in close cooperation between Mercedes-AMG GmbH and H.W.A. GmbH.

The first of the limited-edition CLK DTM AMG Cabriolets will be delivered to customers during the first half of 2006.