2002 Brabus CLK 500


2002 Brabus CLK 500

2002 Brabus CLK 500

The Mercedes CLK went on sale and at the same time Brabus presented its exclusive tuning program for the new coupe. The 6.1 liter increased-displacement engine turns the CLK 500 into a purebred sportscar. The displacement increase of the eight-cylinder engine, available for ¬ 24.050, is facilitated by a custom crankshaft milled from one piece with longer stroke and larger pistons. In addition the cylinder heads are remachined and fitted with custom camshafts. The sport exhaust with high-performance catalysts also contributes to the impressive power output as do reprogrammed engine electronics.

The Brabus front spoiler lends the CLK a more striking appearance and improves aerodynamic lift at high speeds. The rear valance features a custom-tailored cutout for the sport exhaust with two chrome-plated tailpipes.

Brabus also offers three different high-performance brake systems for the new CLK. The largest version features six-piston fixed aluminum calipers and 355-mm vented and slotted discs in front. The rear axle is fitted with 300-mm discs and four-piston aluminum fixed calipers. Special flex-steel no-burst brake lines guarantee constant high brake pressure at all time.

BRABUS also offers engine tuning for the six-cylinder models CLK 240 and CLK 320.

In Detail

engine V8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain SOHC, 3 Valves per Cyl
displacement 6100 cc / 372.2 in³
power 317.7 kw / 426 bhp @ 6000 rpm
specific output 69.84 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 256.63 bhp per tonne
torque 621 nm / 458.0 ft lbs @ 4100 rpm
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels RWD
front tires 235/35 ZR 19
rear tires 265/30 ZR 19
front brakes Vented & Sloted Discs w/6-Piston Calipers
f brake size x 355 mm / x 14.0 in
rear brakes Vented & Sloted Discs w/4-Piston Calipers
r brake size x 300 mm / x 11.8 in
front wheels F 48.3 x 21.6 cm / 19.0 x 8.5 in
rear wheels R 48.3 x 25.4 cm / 19.0 x 10.0 in
f suspension MacPherson Stuts w/Coil Springs, Gas-Filled Shocks, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Multi-Link w/Coil Springs, Gas-Filled Shocks, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight 1660 kg / 3660 lbs
length 4638 mm / 182.6 in
width 1740 mm / 68.5 in
height 1413 mm / 55.6 in
transmission 5-Speed Automatic
gear ratios 3.56:1, 2.19:1, 1.41:1, 1.00:1, 0.83:1, :1
top speed ~305 kph / 189.5 mph
0 – 60 mph ~4.6 seconds