Saturday, October 13, 2012

2005 Mercedes Benz AMG CLK-DTM Coupe - Approved


CLK- DTM for sale at Canepa

The Mercedes AMG CLK-DTM Coupe is on the list of approved vehicles for Show or Display.100 Coup├ęs and 80 Convertibles were released for sale in Europe. Under 500 made, technologically significant. 

"The DTM is based on the CLK55 AMG, with the style and performance that evokes the spirit of the racing CLK that won the DTM racing series. It certainly looks the part, with its deep front spoiler, deck-lid wing, brawny wheel-arch extensions, and nineteen-inch front and twenty-inch rear wheels, shod with 225/35 and 285/30 Dunlop tires.

The interior is a study in carbon fiber. The stock CLK instrument panel remains, but there’s a new gauge cluster, and carbon fiber door panels. The center console, and the space where the rear seats used to live are all fitted with carbon fiber panels. Carbon-fiber bucket sport seats with leather trim, four-point harnesses, and a suede-covered steering wheel with alloy paddle shifters complete the interior.

Powered by a special version of the SL55 AMG’s 5.4-liter, supercharged V-8 cranking out 625 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Modified cam timing, more boost, a stiffer crankcase, and a new exhaust system help to hike power and torque over the SL55’s 493 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a high tech five-speed “manu-matic” transmission controlled by Formula One inspired paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel.

The front and rear track have been widened by 2.9 and 4.2 inches respectively, and special tires and suspension modification allow the car to corner at an incredible 1.35 g. The MacPherson-strut front and multilink rear suspensions have adjustable springs and gas-filled dampers, there is a stiffer rear antiroll bar and new rear hub carriers and drive shafts. New metal-to-metal joints have replaced the standard CLK rubber units through out the suspension. A multiplate limited-slip differential helps put the power to the ground, and the stability and traction control systems have been recalibrated.

Finally, there are huge 14.2-inch-diameter front and 13.0-inch rear discs, with six-piston calipers up front and four pistons out back providing eye popping stopping power!"


HELP


HOW YOU MAY APPLY FOR PERMISSION TO IMPORT


Your signed application must include, at a minimum:

1. Your name, address, phone number, and FAX number.
2. Vehicle identification – make, model, model year, VIN or chassis number, engine number, date of manufacture and mileage.
3. Location where you will store the vehicle in the United States.
4. Statement describing use on the public roads, if intended. If on-road use is requested, identify the Independent Commercial Importer (ICI) that will modify the vehicle to bring it into conformity with the requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency.
5. Basis for the application.
6. Attachments:
1. Photographs – ¾ frontal, ¾ rear, interior, odometer reading and special features (if appropriate).
2. Document from manufacturer or recognized historical source, identifying total production (production verification).
3. Proof of insurance conditioned on limited on-road use (not more than 2,500 miles accumulated in any 12-month period).
4. Identification of vehicle’s:
1. Technological significance – You must identify (be specific) the technology, engineering, and construction features of the vehicle that are advanced and of an unusual nature not commonly found in motor vehicles manufactured in the same time period; or
2. Historical significance – You must identify the historical significance of the vehicle. If a person of historical significance owned the vehicle, you must submit proof that this person owned the vehicle. If the vehicle was the first or last vehicle of a particular model, you must establish this through the manufacturer’s documentation or, if this is not available, through a recognized historical source. If the vehicle was "one of a kind," you must establish this also.

Items of significance must be numerically listed followed by the reason why the item is of significance.

You may then mail the application to:


Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance (NVS-223)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Room W45-205
Washington, DC 20590



ON-ROAD USE

A vehicle eligible for Show or Display may receive NHTSA approval to be driven on the highway. The odometer must not register more than 2,500 miles in a 12-month period. NHTSA approval of limited on-road use is to allow the vehicle to be driven to and from nearby displays of similar automobiles. Another reason permission is granted is to maintain the vehicle’s engine, braking, lighting, and other dynamic systems in good working order. The vehicle is still required to meet EPA requirements. If the original engine in the vehicle will be replaced with a non-original engine to meet EPA requirements, it must be identified in your application since it may impact on the technological or historical significance of the vehicle.

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