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Car of the Week: 1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster

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‘At the end of the 1996 season, Mercedes Benz suddenly decided to take a break from touring cars and venture into sports cars in a bid to compete in the new FIA GT Championship. There was no time to waste. To enter the competition, participating cars had to be production-based. The task was given to AMG, Mercedes-Benz’s official performance division. Astonishingly, the team took a mere 128 days to come up with the first CLK GTR, putting it to the test at the Jarama track on April 1997. The CLK GTR was mid-engined and propelled by a 6.9-liter SL600-based V12 engine generating 600hp. Although the road version could not be homologated in time, the car was allowed to race anyway (much to its rivals’ dismay). In June 1997, the car bagged its first victory at Nurburgring and went on to win 5 more races of the eleven rounds to scoop the GT Championship.’

- Money Inc., The Top 10 Sports Cars of the 1990s, 2016

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