Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG 

  • $73k built in Germany
  • 2013
  • 355 HP 2.0L
  • 155 mph
 
The steering is good – very accurate and with decent feel getting through its electric assistance.
by EVO (Jun, 2013)
It pulls strongly from the basement upwards, enjoys being revved through the 6000rpm point where most of its ilk give up, and even produces a crisp little exhaust pop on upchanges.
by EVO (Jun, 2013)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG

Top speed

Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG
155 mph
Challenger R/T
140 mph

Data points Key details of the Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG

Price

Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG
$73k

Horsepower

Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG
355 HP
Civic Type-R
198 HP

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Powertrain

You sense that the decision to stick the AMG badge to a car powered by a four-cylinder turbo engine caused some sleepless nights to the engineers responsible for delivering on the promise implicit in the brand, but the new powerplant is a little cracker.
by EVO (Jun, 2013)
The transverse seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox uses the same software that controls the double-clutcher in the mighty SLS, with the four-wheel drive system using a clutch on the rear axle to divert up to 50 per cent of torque backwards when the need arises.
by EVO (Jun, 2013)
Carbonfibre trim for the cabin and a leather dashboard come as standard and look great – although the red stitching on the dash top can reflect in the windscreen.
by EVO (Jun, 2013)

Performance

Ultimately the front end will run wide, although the line tightens nicely on a lifted throttle.
by EVO (Jun, 2013)
Despite being fed by a single, relatively large turbocharger, it feels lag-free – with lungs deep enough to deliver those mega performance figures.
by EVO (Jun, 2013)
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.
by EVO (Jun, 2013)

Handling

Ride quality is firm – possibly more so than the A45 AMG – and although we only drove the car in Germany it feels as if it might struggle in the UK.
by EVO (Jun, 2013)
The Mercedes CLA45 is the new A45 AMG’s saloon sister, sharing the same powertrain and four-wheel drive system.
by EVO (Jun, 2013)
Like its hatchback sister the CLA feels relentlessly quick – with the massive mid-range torque, rapid-reacting gearbox and seemingly unbreachable grip limits giving instantaneous urge at almost any speed.
by EVO (Jun, 2013)

Transmission

Manual over-ride works well on upchanges, but as with the SLS the transmission can get confused with requests for multiple downchanges in short order.
by EVO (Jun, 2013)

Acceleration

But you’ll search in vain for the sort of throttle steerability that defines AMG’s rear-drive offerings; the CLA can be persuaded into mild oversteer on the brakes, but its natural inclination is always to pull itself straight under power.
by EVO (Jun, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Mercedes-Benz
Price $73,463
Type of car Production car
Year 2013

transmission

Gearing Traditional

engine

Displacement 1,991 cc
Fuels Gas
Bore/stroke 3.27 in / 3.62 in

road tests

Top speed 155 mph

power & handling

Maximum hp 355 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Maximum torque 331 ft-lb @ 5,000 RPM
Max RPM 6,700 RPM

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Unknown
Rear brakes Unknown
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