By on March 20, 2013

Just because the Mercedes A45 AMG isn’t coming to America doesn’t mean that Daimler forgot about us. Instead, we’ll get the three-box version.

The CLA45 AMG is mechanically identical to the A45 – same ultra-boosted 2.0L 4-banger with 360 horsepower, same dual-clutch gearbox and yes, the red brake calipers and Recaro seats made it over as well. 60 mph should come up in 4.5 seconds, which is actually a tick faster than the quoted time for the hatch. Even though it lacks the brutality and belligerence of the great V8 powered AMG models, I cannot imagine how much fun this thing will be in the snow, what with 360 horsepower and all-wheel drive…

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31 Comments on “Mercedes Gives Us A Consolation Prize...”


  • avatar
    philadlj

    180 horsepower per liter…Jiminy Christmas!

  • avatar
    Advance_92

    “I cannot imagine how much fun this thing will be in the snow, what with 360 horsepower and all-wheel drive”
    I’ll guess not as much fun as a 2005 WRX.

    • 0 avatar

      That is a cool drivetrain.

    • 0 avatar
      ellomdian

      Betcha Dollar the seats are livable for more than 20 mins…

      (Disclaimer, it was an STI, but my god…)

      Seriously though, I would expect the Foul Weather Mischief to be comparable, and at the end of the day, you are in a Mercedes and not a schizophrenic sedan-cum-rallyecar that is ONLY good when you are balls-deep.

    • 0 avatar
      niky

      The later STIs had sharper front-end bite. Older ones tended to plow, so I’d say the amount of fun would be comparable.

      Mercedes may not be BMW yet (and I’d wager some would opine that BMW is no longer BMW), but the handling on their cars has gotten a lot better over the past decade.

      360 hp, better aerodynamics than an STI. The 200-odd horsepower version is supposed to hit 149 mph already… The 360 hp AMG variant should be good for 170 or thereabouts… if Merc weren’t such a fuddy duddy with the 155 mph limiter..

      • 0 avatar
        OliverTwist

        Of course, a speed limit of 250 km/h (155 mph) has many more reasons and one of the most important is actually the price. A car capable of going faster than 155mph requires tires with higher speed rating, further aerodynamic adjustments, a different suspension set-up and many other changes that could increase the final price.

        That doesn’t mean one can’t go any faster. You can opt for the AMG Performance Package with higher speed limit and such.

        • 0 avatar
          corntrollio

          The 250 kph limiter is the gentleman’s agreement, just like the 276 hp in Japan.

          Nice copy and paste by the way, Mr. Twist — you plagiarized directly from:

          www dot autoevolution dot com/news/gentlemens-agreement-not-so-fast-sir-47736 dot html

          “Of course, a speed limit of 250 km/h (155 mph) has many more reasons and one of the most important is actually the price. A car capable of going faster than 155mph requires tires with higher speed rating, further aerodynamic adjustments, a different suspension set-up and many other changes that could increase the final price.”

          The original source says “special” instead of “further” and “setup” instead of “set-up.”

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    “Hurl forward the lever of forward motion without brutality.”

  • avatar
    niky

    So it’s Haldex… so what… still fun… still stupid amounts of power. And it’s a sedan. I’d hit it.

  • avatar
    Shankems

    If I ever stupidly overreach my means on a new car purchase, it is going to be because of an AMG sedan. Hot damn.

  • avatar
    corntrollio

    I wonder if the Ah-Em-Geh will give this car more male audience than the regular model.

    • 0 avatar
      Caboose

      The audience for the regular car will be male, just metro. Like that fella in the SuperBowl commercial with Willem DaFoe (who, if you ever saw Boondock Saints, was not metro at all).

      Like, white leather belts with little chrome “stars on thars” to hold their skinny jeans onto their assless frames levels of metro.

      I predict a marketing tie-up with Fossil.

      • 0 avatar
        corntrollio

        You think? I thought the old cheapest Mercedes, the C230 coupĂ© (aka the CLC230) sold better to the ladies. I wouldn’t think this would be much different. I think Mercedes was trying to market this to men through the Kate Upton commercial and the Willem DaFoe one, but we’ll see if it works.

        Don’t really see hipster-types buying a Mercedes necessarily, even a cheap one.

      • 0 avatar
        James Courteau

        Psssh! My ass is fabulous.

  • avatar
    chrishs2000

    Maybe I’ll check it out in 4 or 5 years when it’s worth $15k. Thanks to the suckers who eat all of the infamous AMG depreciation for the rest of us!

    • 0 avatar
      blowfish

      Isn’t it pretty sad, it goes down faster with AMG tag.

      If it weren’t all that fancy, shmancy electronics i bet it wont drop as fast as a ton of brick.
      All these new cars are only as good as u have Warranty of some sort, or else making payments is becoming more fun or less painful than making repairs!

      • 0 avatar
        corntrollio

        I think it’s more that the AMG model tends to have a massive premium in price, so there’s more room to drop. Then add the fact that most of them are abused, and the price drops for that reason.

        I always found it funny that the AMG owners who write reviews on Tire Rack complain about this tire or that tire having short tire life. Umm, it’s the Indian, not the arrow.

        • 0 avatar
          MBella

          Lol, There is a guy with an SL55 that gets new rear tire once every 4000-5000 miles. He always complains about how quickly his tires wear, but always buys the same Pilot Sports.

          • 0 avatar

            Ha ! I used to get all of 17k out of mine, on the back of the 3-er. The summer version is sticky like fly-paper, so while they don’t do ‘consumer reports’ you will get every single “g” force you can.

            I cry watching Top Gear as Jeremy makes clouds of PS smoke with every car…..

    • 0 avatar
      sitting@home

      I wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole in five years time. I don’t know what they’ve done to get so much horsepower out of a 2.0 engine, but it won’t be pretty, it won’t be reliable and it won’t be cheap to fix. Ditto the AWD, especially if owner #1 had it on lease and didn’t care how much he hooned it because he knew it was going back at the end of 3 years.

      You could always get a CPO warranty and pay the depreciation all over again.

      • 0 avatar
        James Courteau

        This is the truest thing on the web

      • 0 avatar
        chrishs2000

        Exactly why cars like this will never be owned by anyone with any sense of practicality.

        I am a car fanatic, but I simply cannot justify spending (losing, really) so much money on a car. For the price you’d pay in brand new AMG ownership costs over a couple of years, you could easily own a C6 and an Audi A4, both preowned and far more reliable.

  • avatar
    Marko

    I was going to make an SVT Contour joke, but the CLA is seriously growing on me (at least this AMG version). I still think it looks stubby, but that doesn’t matter when you’re inside driving it.

  • avatar
    CJinSD

    This serves as a reminder that Mercedes and Mitsubishi were married for years.

  • avatar
    Rod Panhard

    I look forward to seeing this car, and its less enhanced stablemates.


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