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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG Debut

Four-cylinder rocket: 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG


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What's New

As an integral part of Mercedes-Benz's product offensive this year, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG has just debuted. Building on the excitement of the recent debut of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA--a new, compact, front-wheel drive sedan from the German automaker--AMG has brought its performance-oriented touch to the sleekly styled sedan, and in dramatic fashion. The four-cylinder turbocharged engine on the CLA 45 AMG packs 355 horsepower, the most ever for an engine of this size. The CLA-Class takes is being touted by Mercedes-Benz as the "CLS's kid brother," and the performance AMG version of the CLA is inspired by the CLS 63 AMG. The CLA has created a new segment for entry-level luxury, and offers a Mercedes-Benz model that will start below $30,000. The AMG model is priced well above, starting at $47,450, but adds blistering performance to the coupe's already sensuous styling, including: a 0-60 mph sprint time of just 4.5 seconds; an AMG Speedshift double clutch transmission; 4-Matic all-wheel-drive; and a unique sports suspension.

Who It's For

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG builds upon the CLA, which attracts a younger luxury buyer, and expands the appeal as well as accessibility. For those looking for more performance, AMG has added the most powerful four-cylinder engine ever built. The CLA 45 AMG also makes high-performance luxury more accessible, and sporty. The suspension has been uniquely tuned, the AMG version employs Mercedes-Benz's 4-Matic all-wheel-drive system rather than the CLA's front-wheel drive, and the Speedshift automatic transmission allows for a track-inspired ride. But the entry-level luxury market is getting competitive: the 2014 Audi S3 has just debuted as well, bidding for a similar buyer.

Key Features

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG adds performance-inspired touches to the CLA Coupe.
  • The most powerful four-cylinder engine ever, packing 355 horsepower
  • AMG touches: 4-Matic all-wheel-drive, Speedshift automatic transmission, and specially-tuned sports suspension
  • 0-60 mph sprint time of 4.5 seconds
  • priced starting at $47,450

What We Think

When we first set eyes on the CLA, we were impressed. Mercedes-Benz offered a sensuously styled new model, but more importantly it seemed to be targeted and aimed at a younger buyer. For those that like the styling but want a sportier ride, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG will offer a powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and employs the automaker's 4-Matic all-wheel-drive system which will offer more grip, traction, and should improve handling considerably. We'd have to get behind the wheel before we could make a full assessment, but from the looks of it, the 2014 CLA 45 AMG should be a successful new offering.

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