Watch How Impossible The Mercedes CLK GTR Is To Live With

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It looks like a headache.

Mercedes-Benz is no stranger to fast cars; just look at its current lineup of heavy hitters, including the Mercedes-AMG GT R, and the upcoming Mercedes-AMG ONE. These cars are a perfect example of a brand taking its knowledge of track racing, and fusing it into a street car. Some might not know that Mercedes-Benz has been doing this for years, and one of the most hardcore examples is the CLK GTR.

The CLK GTR was built back in the mid-nineties to compete in the FIA GT Championship alongside Ferrari and Porsche. In order to do so, the manufacturer was required to build 25 street-legal cars. These days the CLK GTR is one of the most collectible and desirable Benzes out there. In a detailed YouTube video posted by DK Engineering TV, James Cottingham takes us through what it's like to live with one of these exotic beasts.

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YouTube/DK Engineering TV
YouTube/DK Engineering TV
YouTube/DK Engineering TV

Cottingham starts by explaining how the central locking works, and how to switch on the built-in fire-suppression system. Next he explains how to get into the car (this is an actual problem for many). Cottingham says that the best way to enter the car is to place one foot into the footwell, sit on the wide sill, and then slip the rest of your body inside.

Once inside, he advises one to softly close the lightweight doors, though most of the controls inside are standard. The transmission can sometimes struggle to find neutral he says, but a slight slip of the clutch to get things rolling makes moving between gears easier. Finding reverse also seems like a mission.

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YouTube/DK Engineering TV
YouTube/DK Engineering TV

Interestingly, the engine oil dipstick is located on the right-hand window pillar behind a flap that also contains the fuel and oil filler cap. To open up the rear engine cover you need to open two clips on each side of the car, and then get three pairs of helping hands (four people) to lift it off, all the while trying to avoid the exhaust system. Putting the cover back on seems even more complicated.

The front end also clips off, but only requires three people to do the job. Its final party trick is a pair of lifting jacks, two in the front, and one in the rear that lift the car off the ground for easy tire changes. This car is clearly not as user-friendly as a Toyota Camry, but who cares when it looks this insane and drives so well.

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