Mercedes-AMG has taken the wraps off the A 45 and the CLA 45 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and they are powered by the most powerful four-cylinder engines ever.
Mercedes-AMG has taken the wraps off their tow newest cars – the Mercedes-AMG A 45 and its four door coupe sibling, the CLA 45. These might just be the entry point in the AMG family but they are no less of a beast than the bigger AMGs. Like all other AMGs, these two come with 4Matic AWD system as standard and also get more powerful S versions.
The Mercedes AMG A45 and the CLA45 have debuted at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The new A45 and CLA45 now come powered by a 2.0L, four-cylinder engine s which are by the way – the most powerful four-cylinder engines in the world – and are handbuilt at Affalterbach. The engines can be had in two states of tune. There will be a standard version which can produce 385 bhp at 6,500rpm and 480Nm of torque at 4,750-5,000rpm. The more powerful ‘S’ version will churn out 415 bhp at 6,750rpm and 500Nm of torque at 5,000-5,250rpm.
The engine is paired to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission which is now an AMG Speedshift unit. There’s also a new AMG torque control which is put on the rear axle differential. This allows torque to be split left and right and not just front and rear drive axles. All other aspects including the brakes, suspension, dampers, steering and exhausts, too have been tweaked by AMG.
As for the performance, here’s how the numbers go : The A45 hits 0-100 kph in 4.0s flat with a top speed of 250 kph. The S version drops the acceleration time to 3.9s and increases the top speed to 270 kph. As for the CLA 45 and the CLA 45 S, the acceleration times are just one-tenths of a second slower than the respective hatchbacks, but top speed remains the same. The electronically controlled 4Matic+ system also comes with what Mercedes calls as Drift Mode.
And true to all AMG cars, the A 45 and the CLA 45 look like true mean machines. At the face, the grille has grown wider with 12 vertical chrome slats and a new twin-domed bonnet. The tracks have also grown wider and that is evident from the falred wheel arches. It is more evident in the A 45, given that the CLA 45 is already wider, to begin with. The new front apron with the fins and the wider front air inlets give the face a very dominating and mean look. There’s a functional front splitter and air curtains as well.
At the sides, there are new skirts and the rear gets a unique spoiler either on the roof or bootlid, depending on the model. There are quad exhaust pipes at the rear and while the car wears standard 18-inch wheels, there are optional 19-inch wheels as well. Additionally, you also have the option of an AMG Aerodynamic package which further improves downforce by various bit and pieces here and there. There’s also a Night package that adds more gloss black detailing while a chrome treatment is also available.
On the interiors, AMG has left some touches here as well. There are new contoured sport seats along with new materials used in the cabin like black leather and microfiber elements. There are also red accents throughout the cabin. The ‘S’ models gets special yellow accents and an AMG steering wheel too. The dashboard also gets new detailings and the MBUX infotainment gets new graphics and additional driving data like a lap timer, G-meter and so on.
Like the previous generation models, Mercedes-Benz will bring both these models to India but that will be only after the standard models are have been introduced first.