Race Start Video: 2014 CLA45 AMG Shows Impressive Launch Drama + 4.5s to 60mph



Mercedes-Benz is evolving its marketing and product positioning drastically. Executive rumblings from a few years ago indicated the brand was making serious changes to lower its perceived demographic - but it all just seemed like lip service at the time.

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Well, the arrival of the CLA-Class surely confirms that they were very serious.

Serious... about getting playful.

2014 CLS45 AMG

The CLA is launching in the American market as the front-drive CLA250 and the all-wheel-drive CLA45 AMG. Both run a highly advanced new platform, engine, transmission and electronic architecture.

2014 CLS45 AMG

What perhaps previously took 0.002 milliseconds to transfer info from rear ABS sensors on old cars is now cut in half. Faster data = better responsiveness on tracks.

2014 CLS45 AMG

This is a ground-up design that put emphasis on two things:

- Looking Good in your CLA

- Feeling Good in your CLA

Mercedes has overcompensated for the CLA's front-drive origins by including an engine stronger than a block a adamantium.

2014 CLA250 Edition 1

The launch of the standard CLA and AMG models together is a solid strategy, because it lets much of the cool style of the AMG rub off onto the much-cheaper 250 cars.

CLA250 Shown Directly Below

2014 CLA250 Edition 1 CLA 250 4MATIC, Calcitweiss, (C117), 2013

A 4Matic CLA250 will arrive in the U.S. market in April 2014, offering AWD traction and handling on the cheaper cars as well.

2014 CLS45 AMG

But until then: the CLA45 AMG is the sprint king of the segment: an official 4.5-seconds to 60 mph is conservative. Real-world times as low as 4.1-seconds are on the books for this car already while using the Race Start launch control settings.

The very similar A45 AMG hatchback video below shows how quick this car is, its blat on full boost, and the swiftness of the standard seven-speed dual-clutch auto.

Of course, the CLA45 AMG is pretty expensive for a car with a back seat this compact. Even so, the CLA is the quickest car in its class.

The competitive set listed by Mercedes for the CLA is pretty funny, because in my opinion, buyers who want a CLA would never consider a Volkswagen CC or any Acura.

2014 CLS45 AMG

Until the BMW 135i sedan arrives stateside next year, the CLA's closest competition will come from the 2015 Audi S3 sedan and the 2014 BMW 235i.

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The battle is on!

Special thanks to Germany for improving the sprint pace of all cars. The 3.6-second E63 AMG 4Matic is so effortlessly fast - it makes speed a luxury feature missing on many other premium brands.

And rightly so! When a Civic Si and Toyota Camry V6 hit 60-mph in 6.1 seconds, it is time to get much faster at the top end of the market.

Of the English, American and Asian brands: only the Infiniti Q50S Hybrid in rear-drive gets close: 4.9-seconds is its official time (with full batteries.)

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

 

2014 CLA45 AMG Quick Reference Guide

Customer Availability / Pricing

  • November 2013: $47,450

 

At a Glance

 

CLA45 AMG 4MATIC

MSRP

$47,450

Fuel Economy

TBA

Engine

2.0L inline 4-cylinder Turbocharged

Performance

355 hp

332 lb-ft torque

0-60 (sec.)

4.5 (est.)

2014 CLA250 Quick Reference Guide

Customer Availability

  • CLA250 (front-wheel drive) - September 2013

  • CLA250 4MATIC - Spring 2014

Standard Feature Highlights

  • 2.0L inline 4-cylinder Turbocharged engine

  • 7-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission

  • mbrace2 - In-Vehicle Technology Suite

  • 5.8" Display Screen

  • Powered sports seats with three-position memory

  • ECO Start/Stop

  • Electro-mechanical power steering

  • COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST

  • ATTENTION ASSIST

  • Frameless windows

Optional Feature Highlights

  • Sport Appearance Pkg (18" wheels & AMG Styling front/rear bumpers)

  • DISTRONIC PLUS

  • Blind Spot Assist

  • Lane Keeping Assist

  • PARKTRONIC w/ Advance Parking Assist

  • Panorama Sunroof

  • Leather Interior Package (MB-TEX on upper dash and doors with topstitching)

Model Positioning

  • All-new segment established with CLA-Class

  • World’s most powerful four-cylinder engine built in series production

  • Trendsetting four-door coupe design

Main Competitors

  • Acura ILX

  • Audi A3

  • BMW 1-Series

  • Volkswagen CC

Safety Feature Highlights

  • COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST ATTENTION ASSIST

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

  • Anti-Theft Alarm System

  • Electronic Parking Brake

  • Driver Air Bags

  • Window Air Bags

  • Driver Knee Air Bag

  • Side Impact Air Bags

  • Remote Key with Panic Button

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Sport and CLA250 4Matic

At a Glance

 

CLA250

CLA250 4MATIC

MSRP

$29,900

TBA

Fuel Economy

City: 26 MPG

Highway: 38 MPG

Combined: 30 MPG

TBA

Engine

2.0L inline

4-cylinder Turbocharged

2.0L inline

4-cylinder Turbocharged

Performance

208 hp

258 lb-ft torque

208 hp

258 lb-ft torque

0-60 (sec.)

6.9

6.8 (est.)

 

 

CLA250

CLA45 AMG 4MATIC

Vehicle Type

Four-door, five-passenger coupe

Four-door, five-passenger coupe

Chassis

Steel unibody

Steel unibody

Engine

 

CLA250

CLA45 AMG 4MATIC

Type

2.0-liter inline four-cylinder Turbocharged

2.0L inline four-cylinder Turbocharged

Material

Aluminum

Aluminum

Valve arrangement

Four valves per cylinder

Four valves per cylinder

Valvetrain

Overhead cam, roller-type rocker arm

Overhead cam, roller-type rocker arm

Displacement (cc)

1,991

1,991

Bore (in.)

3.27

3.27

Stroke (in.)

3.62

3.62

Compression ratio

9.8 : 1

8.6 : 1

Horsepower @ rpm

208 @ 5,500

355 @ 6,000

Torque (lb-ft) @ rpm

258 @ 1,250 - 4,000

332 @ 2,250-5,000

Intake system

Turbocharged, direct injection

Turbocharged, direct injection

Max. engine speed (rpm)

6,500

6,700

Performance

 

CLA250

CLA45 AMG 4MATIC

0-60 (sec.)

6.9

4.5 (est.)

Top speed (mph)

149

155

Fuel economy:

city

hwy

26

38

TBA

TBA

Transmission

 

CLA250

CLA45 AMG 4MATIC

Type

7-Speed Dual Clutch Automatic

7-Speed Dual Clutch Automatic

Shift controls

DirectSelect

DirectSelect

Gear ratios

 

 

1

3.86:1

3.86:1

2

2.43:1

2.43:1

3

2.67:1

1.54:1

4

1.05:1

1.05:1

5

0.78:1

0.78:1

6

1.05:1

0.61:1

7

0.84:1

0.48:1

R

-3.38:1

-3.37:1

R2 "comfort mode"

-

-

Final drive

4.13:1

2.44:1

Suspension/Steering

 

CLA250

CLA45 AMG 4MATIC

Suspension type

Independent sport suspension

Independent AMG Sport Suspension

Front

McPherson spring strut & wishbone

Three-link, coil springs, McPherson gas-filled struts, stabilizer bar with anti-dive geometry

Rear

Wishbones & control arms

Four-link, coil springs, gas-filled struts, stabilizer bar, anti-squat geometry

Steering

Rack-and-pinion, peed-dependent electric power assist

Rack-and-pinion, speed-dependent electric power assist

Turns, lock-to-lock

TBA

TBA

Steering ratio

14.4 : 1

14.5 : 1

Turning circle (ft.)

36.1

36.1

Stability control

ESP Stability Control

AMG 3 Stage ESP Stability Control

Traction control

ASR

ASR

Exterior Dimensions

 

CLA250

CLA45 AMG 4MATIC

Wheelbase (in.)

106.3

106.3

Length (in.)

182.3

184.7

Width including mirrors (in.)

80.0

80.0

Width excluding mirrors (in.)

70.0

70.0

Height (in.)

56.6

55.74

Ground clearance (in.)

3.9

TBA

Track front (in.)

60.9

61.3

Track rear (in.)

60.8

61.4