Mercedes CLA45 vs SLS AMG Black AskMen

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Mercedes c45 amg 1999

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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 c45 amg 1999

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 Black Series

On the other end of the is the SLS AMG Black Series probably the expensive, most brutally car to ever wear the three-pointed Base price starts at and only goes up, depending on The 6.3-liter V8 has been massaged to 622 horsepower, drivetrain components been strengthened and lightened, and the body has been reworked to the best combination of aerodynamic and down force. Its 0-60 is just 3.5 seconds, though it takes about half time for the car to kill you. the SLS AMG Black Series is difficult as is; attempting to manhandle it at speed on the Willow” racetrack at California’s Springs Raceway is a whole challenge. Further complicating we are being asked to do so while Maximillian Gotz, the winner of the 24 of Spa race and the GT3 German Championship

Mercedes c45 amg 1999
Mercedes c45 amg 1999
Mercedes c45 amg 1999

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