2014 MercedesBenz CLA45 AMG First Drive – Review –…

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Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Special Series

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

first four-cylinder is insane! The not so much.

In rural northern a #x20AC;35-million investment has transformed a depot into the Bilster racetrack, a 19-turn, 2.5-mile Four hours south in Germany#x2019;s font of tire-slaying is facing a similar transition. At headquarters, rear-drive brutes the E63 AMG are being retrofitted with drive. and the newest creation, the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG, a more playful, less future for Merc#x2019;s performance

Putting the 911 Turbo in Its Place

At first glance, the CLA45 basic attributes#x2014;huge power, a four-cylinder, and all-wheel drive#x2014;draw to the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and WRX STI. In reality, these exist in a different kind of The demographics of their buyers never intersect. For one, the crowd wouldn#x2019;t know to make of an interior this More divisive, though, the and the Mitsubishi don#x2019;t posses the and docility of the Mercedes.

Don#x2019;t those traits with At 178 horsepower per liter, the CLA45 knocked off the Porsche 911 Turbo in the title of most power-dense engine in the world. AMG#x2019;s sauce is a BorgWarner twin-scroll custom-made for this application and of producing up to 26.1 psi of boost. strapped, the CLA45#x2019;s four-cylinder 355 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 332 lb-ft of at 2250 rpm. Although identical to the CLA250#x2019;s turbo AMG#x2019;s M133 engine a stronger sand-cast#x2014;rather than block. There#x2019;s also a cooling circuit that a water-to-air intercooler.

A butterfly valve subtly the exhaust note in different modes and conditions by metering the of air that flows out the passenger of the dual exhaust system. It produce a soundtrack that#x2019;s and louder than that of the four-cylinder, but the timbre isn#x2019;t notable. The CLA45 does, emit a fulfilling bbbrrraaappp every full-throttle upshift at

Unfortunately, those upshifts as quick or direct as we expect to be. Mercedes#x2019; new seven-speed dual-clutch was the source of our largest gripe the CLA250, and it remains so for the CLA45. The is strengthened, but the engine interface relies on a pair of dry-clutch The Volkswagen Group#x2019;s wet dual-clutch shift faster and more The launch-control program, known as Start, is the CLA45#x2019;s one pleasantly edge. Peck the right pull the shift paddles, and the pedals in the correct order, and the spins to almost 4000 rpm the clutch hooks up. The all-wheel-drive sends up to 50 percent of torque to the wheels via a final-drive ratio been reduced from in the CLA250 to a really tall We predict the precisely managed control will send the to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.

OMG! What Did You Do with My

AMG reworked the suspension with springs, dampers, bushings, and knuckles. There are larger bars, a solid-mounted rear and bigger vented and perforated discs. On the Bilster Berg the CLA45 displayed excellent control, following its Dunlop Maxx RT tires obediently. The is as good as anything BMW turns out days, and the suspension is compliant to be comfortable on the street, despite its travel.

Yet as competent as it is, the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG sterile when hustled on or road. It lacks the punch of an Evo and the of a BMW 1-series. More disturbing, the doesn#x2019;t have the reckless of other AMG models. Mercedes has 355 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque in a car the size of a VW Jetta feel civilized. The CLA45 doesn#x2019;t to be any quicker, but we wish it would its sensible, luxury-minded inhibitions in a of tire smoke more

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