A dynamic set

It’s all about class with Mercedes and, with two of the brand’s top-line models getting major improvements, it makes me wonder how far you can take it, especially when the starting point is an already dynamic set of cars – the AMG A45 and CLA 45.



The CLA 45 is a stunning example of a coupe. New changes include a completely redesigned engine, four-cylinders with 310kW/500Nm; new cars are generally half that.

You’ll also find an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission with launch control and a new, fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ system featuring active torque vectoring at the rear axle; that’s a mouthful of change. You also have drift mode but why you would want to drift a beauty like this is beyond me.

Meanwhile, unique panels from the A-pillar forward, wider front guards to accommodate broader track wind tunnel-tested AMG Aerodynamic package increases downforce for high-speed stability. Revised suspension with AMG Ride Control adaptive dampers provides a smoother ride.

With new improvements to the drive, the classy interior and interactive systems haven’t needed to be touched. After all, as we’ve seen from the Mercs of the past year, they have everything pretty much sorted.



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