Mercedes-Benz has launched the CLA 45 AMG today at the 2013 New York Auto Show.
As expected, the hot four-door coupe makes use of the same engine powering the A45 AMG, a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter turbo producing 360 HP (265 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque. It helps the smallest AMG model ever reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.6 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
This powerful four-cylinder mill is mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7 transmission sending power to a front-biased 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. The transmission benefits from a "Momentary M mode" which allows the driver to enter manual mode without removing his hands from the steering wheel just by pressing down or up the shift paddle.
An "S" sport mode is also available, along with a "C" (controlled efficiency) mode which will focus on fuel efficiency rather than on performance and will turn on the ECO stop/start function. Speaking of fuel economy, the CLA 45 AMG consumes 6.9 liters / 100 km (34 mpg US or 41 mpg UK).
Other highlights include an AMG independent sports suspension, three-stage ESP with Curve Dynamic Assist, along with 18-inch AMG alloys. The styling of the car echoes its hatchback sibling but Mercedes-Benz says it resemblances the CLS 63 AMG.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG is scheduled to hit the German market this July from 56,078 EUR (71,981 USD). Other European countries will get it the car in September, but Americans won't have to wait that long as the car will go on sale this spring from 47,450 USD (37,067 EUR).
A more detailed presentation is available in the attached press release.