Ignition: A Closer Look at the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

By Matthew Askari | October 08, 2013
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG adds considerable performance to the automaker's new entry-level sedan. The CLA is hitting showroom floors as we speak, and represents a new direction for Mercedes-Benz as the only front-wheel-drive car on offer at the moment. Two more cars, including the Mercedes-Benz GLA will be built using this same architecture. And while the CLA250 is largely about style, the CLA45 AMG--the model we're concerned with here--is about adding some muscle to that style. To such, Mercedes has given the CLA45 AMG the most powerful production four-cylinder in the world. The 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged four-cylinder engine is capable of 355 horsepower, making the CLA250's 208 hp seem pedestrian by contrast. We recently got behind the wheel of both, and while we found a lot to like on both models with a CLA badge, it was the AMG model's intoxicating sound and crisp acceleration that we especially enjoyed. The CLA45 AMG's quick-shifting seven-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic all-wheel-drive work to get the most out of the world's most powerful four-cylinder. The crew at Ignition--from our sister site Motor Trend--recently took Mercedes-Benz's newest AMG out for a run. What did they think? You can check out the video below to find out.