Mercedes-Benz is due to start selling the next iteration of its popular CLK coupe-convertible later this year or in the beginning of 2009. So it’s absolutely normal that sales of the current model are starting to stall and the company just have to offer some special edition version of the car to draw some public attention. Here comes the 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK Grand Edition.
Although Mercedes-Benz is not really the first brand that comes to mind when thinking about “affordable” materials in the interior and “moderate” approach to exterior styling, their approach to making cars still abides to basic economy rules that basically mean that your costs must always be lower than the car’s selling price.
Well, sometimes, when an ageing model starts to stall, but you still want to squeeze the last drop of juice from it, you agree to sell a more upscale version of it at a smaller profit. That’s what Mercedes-Benz does with this Grand Edition package.
The 2008 CLK Grand Edition is just another special trim with no noticeable technical differences comparing to other CLK versions.
According to the German brand, the car comes equipped with a set of 18-inch alloy wheels fitted with 225/40 tires in the front and 255/35 tires in the back. There is also an AMG-style body kit with new front and rear bumpers and side skirts and Grand Edition badges on the body.
Inside the car, there is aluminum trim on the dashboard, branded floor mats and either tobacco-brown or black leather upholstery.
The Grand Edition trim may be ordered as an option for all CLK models except for the high-performance CLK 63 AMG.
Surprisingly enough, the option will cost you only €994. Is that some kind of typo?
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