Mercedes-Benz CLK 350

Although the CLK is a mid-sized coupe, and is based on the mid-sized C-Class, the CLK's styling drew very heavily on the front and rear styling cues of the latest E-Class model. This E Class model was itself inspired by a 1993 concept car. There was indeed a reason for the similarities with the current E-Class and the CLK. When Mercedes replaced the E-Class in 1995, the coupe version was not replaced at the time. Instead, Mercedes decided to introduce a smaller mid-sized coupe to compete with the BMW 3-Series Coupe, however in order to attract customers who previously went for the executive E- Class Coupe, Mercedes gave the CLK the latest E-Class' styling features in an attempt to lure drivers. This included the 4 headlights and rectangular taillights, which extended on to the truck. This then in turn gave the impression that the E-Class Coupe was directly replaced, which was not exactly the case. But it was made cleverer in that the CLK was launched 12-months after the E-Class, which was the usual amount of time that Mercedes typically allowed to pass. In fact, even the engine range of the CLK was closer to the E-Class than that of the C-Class. For example, the AMG model used the 5.5-liter V8 from the E 55 AMG as opposed to the 3.6-liter from the C36 AMG. This clever move by Benz seemed to have paid off as buyers made the switch quite effortlessly. The CLK 350 features a 3.5 L, 24-valve dual overhead cam (DOHC) V6 engine and a seven-speed automatic transmission. The base price is a reasonable $45,750 for the coupe and an also reasonable $53,700 for the convertible. These were a fun pair to drive and have yet to be criticized for much over the years. Mechanically and stylishly, this car is good to go.