Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG

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Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG

To celebrate winning the 2003 DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters), Mercedes-Benz produced a limited CLK series, which it introduced in 2004.

While 2003 was a glorious year for the new CLK (C209) in the DTM, 2004 didn’t go that well. That didn’t stop the German carmaker from offering a special vehicle, developed on the same platform as the CLK but enhanced to the maximum: the CLK DTM AMG. Just nine letters to describe the most ferocious CLK ever made. Nine letters and nine victories out of ten races for the CLK race car.

The DTM AMG version looked like no other CLK. Apart from the AMG spoiler with an A-shaped lower bumper grille, the front of the car featured a three-slats main grille integrated into the hood. A set of moldings was applied on the front fenders to widen the wheel-arches. They were paired with another set over the rear fenders, which included an air-intake to cool the brakes. At the back of the car, the carmaker installed a wing on top of the trunk-lid.

Inside, the carmaker stripped the cabin and replaced most of the parts. The carbon-fiber seats featured only front and back adjustments, but not for reclining or something else. There were no seats in the back, just a horizontal strut that reinforced the bodywork. A five-point harness was provided instead of the regular, three-point retractable seatbelt.

All of the above were needed for the beast under the hood. Mercedes-Benz installed a 5.4-liter supercharged engine, which provided 582 hp. It was mated to a specially adapted 5-speed automatic gearbox with paddle-shifters behind the steering wheel and sent all the power to the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential.

Engine Technical Data


Displacement5439 cm3
Fuel Gasoline
Fuel SystemSupercharged Multipoint Injection
Power582 HP @ 6100 RPM
Torque590 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM
800 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Chassiscarbon fibre body on steel tubular frame
Steeringrack-and-pinion, power assisted
Brakesinternally ventilated carbon ceramic discs, all-round
Gearbox5-speed automatic (AMG Speedshift)
DriveRear Wheel Drive
183.1 in (4651 mm)
70.9 in (1801 mm)
53.5 in (1359 mm)
3854 lbs (1748 kg)
Front/rear Track
61.8/62.2 in (1,570/1,580 mm)
Wheelbase107.2 in (2723 mm)
Ground Clearance4.7 in (119 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)0.34
12.3 mpg US (19.1 L/100Km)
22.2 mpg US (10.6 L/100Km)
17.2 mpg US (13.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
328 g/km
Top Speed
198.8 mph (320 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
3.9 s