Which CLK for the track?

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Hi guys
I'm about to start on a track car CLK. trying to decide between the 430 or a lower power version.
Based on running costs/serviceable items/reliability what engine would you guys go for?
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I'd opt for a 230 Kompressor manual. Almost the lightest W208 CLK bar the 200, nearly as quick as a 320 in a straight line and I wouldn't be surprised if the 230 is quicker around a track. Easy too to gain another genuine 25-30 bhp.
 

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Based on running costs/serviceable items/reliability what engine would you guys go for?

I'd go for a BMW E36 328i. There's a much wider range of aftermarket parts for BMW E36s than the CLK. E30s are too expensive now, so an E36 or even E46 is where I'd look

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I'd opt for a 230 Kompressor manual. Almost the lightest W208 CLK bar the 200, nearly as quick as a 320 in a straight line and I wouldn't be surprised if the 230 is quicker around a track. Easy too to gain another genuine 25-30 bhp.

^ What he said bombproof engine
 

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^ What he said bombproof engine


Indeed. It's well known that the standard engine is good for 400bhp when turbo'ed.
 

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I'd go for a BMW E36 328i. There's a much wider range of aftermarket parts for BMW E36s than the CLK. E30s are too expensive now, so an E36 or even E46 is where I'd look

Nick Froome

+1.

If I was tracking a car it won't be a Merc just for the off the shelf aftermarket parts supply alone.
 

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