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Coming soon: Mercedes-AMG A 45 and CLA 45

Mercedes-Benz’s tuning arm reveals two new hardcore small cars with up to 421 horsepower, to take on Audi's RS 3.

  • A 45 is the fastest, most powerful version of the A-Class
  • CLA 45 does the same for the CLA
  • Standard cars have 387 horsepower, S models get 421 horsepower
Mercedes-Benz has drawn back the covers on two new hardcore small cars, in the form of the A 45 and the CLA 45.
These are the most powerful versions of the A-Class hatchback and the CLA four-door coupe, and they come with some serious beans under the bonnet. Both get a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, and come in two versions. The standard cars have 387 horsepower, while the S models have 421 horsepower. Both have all-wheel drive, and feature a new Drift mode that sends power selectively to either rear wheel, allowing spectacular slides. We wouldn’t recommend using that particular feature on the public road, though.
Mercedes-AMG A 45 S
The looks build on the trend set by the still-fast-but-not-quite-as-bonkers A 35 and CLA 35, with a more extreme bodykit and plenty of aerodynamic touches. Inside, there’ll be sports seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel for a racier look, and the S cars will have yellow highlights around the cabin.
All this means that the two new cars provide some very serious competition for Audi’s RS 3 hatchback and saloon. The power means that the standard A 45 will hit 62mph from standstill in 4.0 seconds, while the A 45 S will do it in 3.9 seconds. The CLA 45 will touch the same speed in 4.1 seconds, and the CLA 45 S in 4.0. No prices have yet been announced, but we’d expect the A45 to start at about £45,000, and the CLA to be around £50,000 upwards. Both cars go on sale towards the end of the year.
Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S

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