Is this 2007 Mercedes CLK63 AMG the perfect car? Fast, stylish, technological, luxurious, built like a Panzer tank and ready for open-air cruising, it might just be the Swiss Army knife of world-class motoring. Of course, as useful as they are, I’ve never seen a Swiss Army knife that can tell you where you’re going, play four formats of music and coddle you in comfort while cruising at over 150 MPH, but I digress. The cool thing about a brand like Mercedes, or Swiss Army for that matter, is the fact that they’re really good at offering their clientele everything they ever want or need. So, if you’re looking for a low-mileage luxury car that, in addition to being great at pretty much everything, is an all-around good buy; this 2007 CLK should be at the top of your list!
Despite their recent challenges, Mercedes-Benz is a very fortunate automaker. Not only do they have a great lineup of legendary, well-engineered cars, they also have a top notch in-house tuner brand that can take virtually anything the Benz boys produce and turn it into something REAL special. Fastidiously maintained, and driven only 5,100 miles per year since its z-rated tires hit the asphalt, this 2007 CLK63 AMG shows the kind of mileage that, in the Mercedes world, amounts to merely break-in time. Its all-too-appropriate Obsidian Black paint is exceptionally dynamic and absolutely nails the formal appearance Daimler has spent over 100 years cultivating. Its gaps are just as you would expect from something with a three-point star in its grille. Its finish is as flat and smooth as volcanic glass. And while this high profile convertible does show a few signs of being driven, it’s an absolutely outstanding piece which features world-class build quality and laser-straight body lines. If you’ve never driven anything AMG-tuned, you’re really missing out; this juiced CLK is one of the most invigorating performers on the planet!
Like all of Daimler’s best luxury metal, this drop-top’s styling is brilliantly executed with straight, sharp edged proportions that rightfully place form over function. At the front of the car’s body a traditional over-sized, chrome trimmed Mercedes grille cages a large chrome three-point star between Bi-Xenon active head lamps, a built in headlamp washing system, a chrome-trimmed valence and two bright fog lights. Behind that grille a large, flat hood props a traditional metal Mercedes-Benz badge in front of like-new glass and a black cloth top. Below that hood, chrome door trim and classy door handles are complemented by electronic, body-matched mirrors, traditional “6.3 AMG” emblems and European-spec cornering lights. And at the back of the car’s body two pristine taillights, an LED center high mount stop lamp, a second chrome-trimmed valence and two spotless stainless exhaust tips frame a trio of emblems that includes a second three-point star, a chrome “CLK 63” script and a third “AMG” badge.
Lift this Mercedes’ wide black hood and you’ll find a highly advanced DOHC V8 that’s so smooth it’ll make you forget you’re even in a car. Officially AMG’s first wholly designed powerplant, and officially named the M156, this impressive big-bore V8 delivers an autobahn baking 481 horsepower and a continent shifting 465 lb./ft. of torque! Along with providing the physical sensation of having a rocket engine strapped to your derriere, this heavy cruiser catapults to freeway speeds in mere sports car time lapses; and has no problem quickly reaching its electronically limited 186 MPH terminal velocity. Flick the key and the historically designated 6.3 liter lights off instantly, humming to life with a technical roar that seems to float out of the tail pipes. Fully pressurize the electronic fuel injectors with a stomp of your right foot, and the smooth, powerful mill accelerates well in any gear and has plenty of torque at any given time or speed. Mechanically, this drivetrain is a Mercedes-Benz; need we say more? Cosmetically everything on it looks like a well preserved time capsule, which isn''t surprising given its shell’s meticulously kept exterior and interior. And functionally, with just under 26K miles, the big engine’s had enough exercise to stay healthy and flawless. There’s just something trippy about experiencing topless acceleration of this magnitude, and you’re not quite sure your eyes are telling your brain the truth until you try it for yourself.
Under this killer cabriolet’s floor, rock-solid Mercedes engineering provides a luxurious ride that, while not too firm, also doesn’t share the softer characteristics of a traditional luxury barge. That’s because, like its engine, the car’s undercarriage was completely massaged by AMG and now features an upgraded fully independent suspension which benefits from a wider rear track, 18 inch machined and graphite accented sport wheels, and brand new 225/40 front and 255/35 rear Nexen N3000 radials. One squeeze of the throttle and a tri-mode 7G-Tronic 7-speed automatic transmission seamlessly and steadily sends power to a highway friendly rear end which quickly sets you on your way. Need to stop? No worries; a well-balanced four wheel disc brake system utilizes standard ABS, drilled and slotted rotors, and AMG-branded calipers to provide a reliable, drama-free escape from virtually any speed. And when you’re carving curves and tearing up the twisties, Electronic Stability Control, which is capable of a 90 degree turn at 50 MPH, automatically ensures you arrive at your destination quickly and safely. A solid performer like this cool CLK can turn even the most monotonous drives into fun, adrenaline-fueled adventures. And thanks to its combination of flat-out speed and responsive handling, there’s no wonder Daimler has built up a reputation as one of the world’s premier builders of first-class performance.
Inside this fashionable land rocket you’ll find a like-new Stone leather interior that’s Teutonic luxury at its finest. I’m guessing nobody has ever used the car’s back seat for anything; and the front seats, heated leather king’s thrones which feature active vent technology and small aluminum AMG emblems, show virtually no wear at all. In front of those seats a combination of crystal clear analog and bright digital gauges are laid out in typical Mercedes fashion, with simple dials and pointers framing a bright driver information center. Between those seats, Mercedes has become the savior of modern consoles by designing an artful piece that features a perfect combination of leather touch points and Burl Walnut wood surfaces. At the sides of those seats intricate door panels receive their own wood and leather accents which coordinate perfectly with the aforementioned dash. Beneath those seats, like-new carpet is protected by “Mercedes-Benz” branded mats and “AMG” branded sill plates. And above those seats, a beige Alcantara headliner dresses the car’s soft top in style. As far as amenities go, Mercedes famed Parktronic and KeylessGo systems, a full AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system that includes a glove box-mounted disc changer, a DVD-based Command Navigation system and a power trunk closer kick off a roster of hardware that includes pretty much any neat option Mercedes could imagine. In front of the driver, a dark-trimmed steering wheel hangs AMG Speedshift paddle shifters behind buttons for the car’s hands free audio and top notch sound system. And again this is essentially a new vehicle, so everything functions perfectly without any disclaimers of any kind.
The sale of this lightly used Mercedes includes an original optional equipment sheet, a CD for the car’s Command Navigation, an iPod integration manual, a receipt for the car’s brand new Nexen radials, and both of the car’s KeylessGo fobs.
The bottom line: This is A LOT of bang for your buck! Low miles, Mercedes reliability, incredible performance, and the kind of luxury that’s unmatched by everything but the best of today’s showroom fresh metal; what more could you ask for? Not only is this CLK fast, it’s also a very competent cruiser that features plenty of space to stretch out and enjoy the warm summer sunshine. If you’re looking for a low-mileage luxury machine that’s a genuine iron fist in a silk glove, you simply can’t go wrong with this slick CLK63 AMG!