Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG

Happy for any excuse to tickle 200 mph, Mercedes-Benz and its in-house speed shop, AMG, have pulled the wraps off yet another three-pointed shooting star. Recalling the CLK GTR roadgoing Le Mans racer from a few years back, the CLK DTM AMG arrives to celebrate Mercedes-Benz’s resounding victory in the 2003 German Touring Car Masters race series.

Behind an array of functional aero bodywork, the CLK DTM employs a supercharged, 5.5-liter, three-valve V-8-each one hand-assembled by a single technician. The engine, which meets the five-gear Speedshift manu-matic transmission from the SLR McLaren supercar, churns out 582 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.

Mercedes claims the 3850-pound CLK DTM will blur to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds and press on to an electronically governed top speed of 199 mph. Production commences this fall and is limited to a mere 100 units (none of which are headed here). As such, Mercedes has priced the ultimate iteration of its little coupe at a cool 200,000 euros (currently about $245,000).