Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Tremendous Sport

The Mercedes CLK GTR Tremendous Sport is likely one of the final GT1 homologation specials. Right here’s what you could find out about it

by Dim Angelov, on LISTEN 05: 23

The late Nineties noticed many epic homologation specials. One in all them was the Mercedes CLK GTR, which was a road-going model that allowed Mercedes to race within the LeMans and FIA GT1 class. The automobile had a few road-going variations, together with a CLK GTR roadster, however the closing evolution is taken into account to be the Mercedes CLK GTR Tremendous Sport, which launched a brand new, extra highly effective engine.

Efficiency and Drivetrain

1998 Mercedes CLK-GTR High Resolution Drivetrain - image 361125

Like different variations of the automobile, the Mercedes CLK GTR Tremendous Sport was powered by a model of the M297 engine. Whereas nonetheless based mostly on the M120 engine, this M297 E73 model, typically known as the M120 E73, additional elevated displacement, from 6.9 to 7.3 liters. The 60-degree V-12 engine was all-aluminum and nonetheless retained regular aspiration. The identical engine was utilized in automobiles just like the Mercedes SL73 AMG (R129) and Pagani Zonda.

With 711 horsepower at 6,600 RPM and 580 pound-feet (786 Nm) at 5,250 RPM, that is the Tremendous Sport is essentially the most highly effective model of the Mercedes CLK GTR. Energy is shipped to the rear by a six-speed sequential gearbox. The official 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) determine is 3.6 seconds, however assessments with fashionable high-performance tires counsel a time of two.9 seconds just isn’t unimaginable. The highest pace of the CLK GTR Tremendous Sport is 231 mph (373 km/h).

Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Tremendous Sport specs
Engine7.3-liter V-12
Energy711 HP @ 6,600 RPM
Torque580 LB-FT @ 5,250 RPM
0 to 60 mph3.6 seconds
Prime Pace231 mph (373 km/h)

Physique and Chassis

2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Super Sport - image 1050030

Like the unique CLK GTR, the Tremendous Sport was constructed by HWA, which was AMG’s subsidiary that helped put together the automobiles for racing. The Tremendous Sport was visually undistinctive by the CLK GTR variations, with much less highly effective engines. As per FIA rules, the race automobiles needed to share components with road-going automobiles, which is why all CLK GTR variations, whatever the engine, shared the taillights and quad-headlights with the Mercedes CLK (C208).

The street automobiles did have a particular characteristic in comparison with the track-only CLK LM. All road-going variations besides the roadster featured an built-in, hoop-style fastened rear wing, versus the race automobile and roadster’s fastened rear wing, which was separated from the rear clamshell.

Your entire physique of the CLK GTR Tremendous Sport is made out of carbon fiber whereas the chassis consists of carbon fiber and aluminum honeycomb monocoque. The suspension is a double-wishbone setup, entrance, and rear. All this leads to a curb weight of 3,175 kilos (1,440 kg).


2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Super Sport - image 1050031

The Mercedes CLK GTR Tremendous Sport might have been essentially the most excessive road-going model of a GT1 race automobile, however it’s nonetheless a Mercedes. As such, the inside just isn’t as bare-bone as chances are you’ll assume. You have got a good quantity of leather-based and uncovered carbon fiber. It contains full-leather bucket seats and even air-conditioning. The higher middle console is styled after the Mercedes CLK (C208). The steering wheel may both be wrapped in leather-based or Alcantara. Essentially the most attention-grabbing characteristic is the super-short gear shifter. There’s additionally a particular plaque exhibiting, which of the 25 Tremendous Sports activities made you’ve.

What number of Mercedes CLK GTR Tremendous Sport have been made?

1998 Mercedes CLK-GTR High Resolution Exterior - image 361124

A complete of 28 examples of the Mercedes CLK GTR Tremendous Sport have been made, in all physique types. On the time, a minimal of 25 road-going examples needed to be constructed for homologation functions. The CLK GTR Tremendous Sport manufacturing contains two prototypes, 20 coupes, and 6 roadsters. All automobiles have been assembled on the MG headquarters, in Affalterbach, Germany. A direct successor to the CLK GTR Tremendous Sport is taken into account to be the Mercedes CLR LMGTP race automobile, which had a slight take-off downside, inflicting the automobile to assume it’s an airplane.


The Mercedes CLK GTR Tremendous Sport is likely one of the best Nineties homologation specials and harkens again to a interval of purer motorsports, earlier than politics and talks of sustainability. The CLK GTR Tremendous Sport is a correct race automobile for the street, identical to the Ferrari F50 GT Porsche 911 GT1, and McLaren F1 LM. Extra importantly, the CLK GTR Tremendous Sport and its aforementioned rivals are greater than able to working with as we speak’s modern-day, computerized counterparts and, arguably, extra exhilarating to drive. This is the reason, these days, some examples of the CLK GTR can attain $10.0 million.

Dim Angelov

Dim Angelov

Born in 1992, I come from a household of motoring fans. My ardour for automobiles was awoken on the age of six, after I noticed a Lamborghini Diablo SV in {a magazine}. After highschool I earned a grasp’s diploma in advertising and a Grasp of Arts in Media and Communications. Over time, I’ve practiced and grow to be expert in precision driving and thus far have take a look at pushed greater than 250 automobiles throughout the globe. Over time, I’ve picked up fundamental mechanical data and have even taken half within the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Kind and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Dash. Recently, I’ve taken a flowery to automotive images, and whereas fashionable automobiles are my major ardour, I even have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, conflict historical past, craft beer, historic weapons, and automobile restoration. In time, I plan my very own traditional automobile restoration and hope to earn my racing certificates, after which I count on to determine my very own racing staff.  Learn full bio

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