Mercedes CLA45 vs SLS AMG Black AskMen

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Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Special Series

What Separates A $50k From A $275k Mercedes?

occasionally feel the need to the speedometer, only to find we were traveling at double the speed.

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AMG, the subdivision of venerable German Mercedes-Benz, has a simple formula: a big engine, throw it into one of the best luxury cars, add a of exclusivity and mix it all together with the of German tuning. The result is a vehicle that wraps performance in an elegant shell. A street bruiser, if you will.

AMG’s two newest vehicles radically different takes on the and fittingly, they are priced at opposite ends of the spectrum. On one we have the new “entry-level” AMG, the On the other, AMG’s most machine yet, the SLS Black We sampled both on California’s Springs racetracks, and while has that “muscle car in a tuxedo” of the rest of the AMG line, they do two very different, very takes on the AMG formula.

At $47,450, the CLA45 is the most way to buy into the AMG brand, and it’s as mechanically impressive as its larger Thanks to its 355-horsepower, turbocharged motor, seven-speed dual-clutch and 4MATIC all-wheel drive this is an “entry-level” car that can from 0 to 60 in just 4.4 seconds. The bits of suspension and braking have been added, that this car has no problem up with the rest of the AMG stable.

But to us, it still feels like lacking that special Other AMG cars deliver a of drama, a sense that you are driving something unique, with a decades-long performance The CLA45, however, lacks excitement. Power delivery is smooth, and while impressive, dramatically bang through the the way the other AMG cars do. We really the signature AMG V8 growl, and though a nice “woof” from the on upshifts, there’s really no noise to speak of. It’s too smooth; on the streets, we’d feel the need to check the to make sure we weren’t too slow, only to find we were traveling at double the speed. A first-world problem, to be

Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Special Series

The fact that the CLA45 is on Mercedes-Benz ’s entry-level CLA reveals a few more issues. engineers still haven’t a clean way to integrate the multi-media into the dash, and the man-made leather feels like the “green” leathers found in eco cars. Still, everything in the is well put together. You can count on the and carbon fiber trim to be the deeply bolstered AMG seats are as and supportive as ever, and the tactile provided by the thick-rimmed steering is superb.

At its core, the CLA45 is a base-model car has been given a big, motor, a technically advanced drive system, and been to provide supercar-like levels of In other words, it’s the take on the formula popularized by like the Mitsubishi Lancer and Subaru STI. It’s a car for the man who the performance of those Japanese fighters, but doesn’t want “boy racer” image.

SLS AMG Series

On the other end of the spectrum is the SLS AMG Series probably the most most brutally powerful car to wear the three-pointed star. price starts at $275,000 and goes up, depending on options. The V8 has been massaged to produce 622 drivetrain components have strengthened and lightened, and the entire has been reworked to provide the combination of aerodynamic efficiency and force. Its 0-60 time is 3.5 seconds, though it only about half that for the car to kill you. Taming the SLS AMG Series is difficult enough as is; to manhandle it at speed on the “Big racetrack at California’s Willow Raceway is a whole ‘nother

Further complicating things, we are asked to do so while chasing Gotz, the winner of the 24 Hours of Spa and the GT3 German Championship series.

Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Special Series
Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Special Series
Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Special Series

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