Mercedes-Benz has announced the pricing of the highly anticipated 2014 CLA45 AMG, at $47,450 before delivery charges.
The CLA45 will have a 2.0L inline-four engine with 355 horsepower and 332 lb.-ft of torque, making it the most powerful four-cylinder in production. The motor uses a twin-scroll turbocharger, lowering back pressure and minimizing turbo lag. This results in improved fuel economy and exhaust emissions. A stop/start function has also been added to aid in fuel economy. The CLA45's turbocharger generates up to 26.1 psi, and Mercedes claims the CLA can get from 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.
Connecting the power to the ground is AMG's 7-speed DCT, a double clutch transmission. With the “C” mode selected, gear changes are automatic and the start/stop feature is active, maximizing comfort and efficiency. “Manual M” mode, activated by a pull of either shift paddle, enables automatic upshifts at the rev limit. Full manual and sport modes allow the driver to maximize performance, opening the exhaust valves and optimizing gear changes for speed.
The CLA45 AMG features a 4MATIC all-wheel drive system, whereas the base CLA uses a front-wheel drive system. For normal driving, the CLA45's all-wheel drive system sends most of the power to the front wheels. The torque split is variable up to 50:50 in performance driving. Electronic aids can be adjusted to the driver's preferences. With the electronics on, the CLA can engage an inside brake to increase turn-in performance while maintaining stability. The electronic aids can also, if the driver wants, be turned off completely.
The CLA45, much like the Cosworth 190E was in the 80's, is Mercedes' answer to the growing market of small performance sedans. With a price easily reaching $50,000 after options, the CLA45 AMG slots into a price range below the C63.