Road Tests Real world tests of CLA 45 AMG vs M3 (E36)

Top speed

Mercedes claims identical kerbweights and 0-62mph times for both cars, with the CLA45 AMG capable of demolishing the acceleration benchmark in just 4.6sec, on its way to a top speed of 161mph.
Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG | by EVO (Jun, 2013)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Car-autoblog view of Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG

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More expensive sticker price $73k vs $40k Around 85% more expensive harder to own
More powerful engine 355 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 240 HP @ 6,000 RPM Around 50% stronger engine
More torque 331 ft-lb @ 5,000 RPM vs 225 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM More than 45% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Bigger engine 1,991 cc vs 192 cc More than 10.2x bigger engine
Front view of BMW M3 (E36)

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BMW M3 (E36) Roadster

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TwinRev is not aware of any important advantages of the BMW M3 (E36) Roadster vs the Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


CLA 45 AMG  vs
M3 (E36) 
Brand Mercedes-Benz BMW
Price 73,463 40,000
Year 2013 1997-2003

power & handling

Maximum hp 355 HP @ 6,000 RPM 240 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Maximum torque 331 ft-lb @ 5,000 RPM 225 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Unknown Disc
Rear brakes Unknown Disc

road tests

CLA 45 AMG  vs
M3 (E36) 
Top speed 155 mph 155 mph


Gearing Traditional Traditional


Displacement 1,991 cc 192 cc
Bore/stroke 3.27 in / 3.62 in 3.4 in / 3.53 in
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BMW M3 (E36) Roadster
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