Article & Photos: Johann van Tonder
When Mercedes launched the A45 and CLA45 AMG’s, they set the benchmark of what a 2-litre turbo could be. These amazing machines shifted the boundaries, even surpassing the kW/litre performance figure of a Bughatti Veyron. But once you’ve pushed to the edge of the envelope, to the limits of what is possible, how do you improve on that? You simply refuse to believe that that limit exists. Ultimate Drive recently drove the improved and even faster updated CLA45 AMG!
According to Mercedes “Avant-garde meets Driving Performance” is the motto for the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4MATIC. This model offers a unique combination of a fascinatingly sporty driving experience, extravagant design and maximum individuality, while also benefiting from the facelift modifications. Some items that were previously options, such as the LED High Performance headlamps, now come as standard. The twin louvre in the radiator grille is finished in silver chrome.
The aerodynamics have similarly been further improved and the Cd value reduced, all to the benefit of the driving dynamics and stability. The design of the AMG spoiler lip on the boot lid is new. Further exterior features of the facelift include the AMG front apron in a new A-wing
design with front splitter inserts in matt titanium grey and high-gloss black flics. The latter also help to improve the flow of cooling air. New at the rear is the design of the diffuser insert, with four vertical fins. An AMG Aerodynamics package is now available as an optional extra. This comprises a larger front splitter, additional flics, a black AMG spoiler lip at the rear plus spoiler lips over the simulated air outlets on either side at the back.
The interior has been similarly upgraded. The instrument panel is upholstered as standard in ARTICO man-made leather, as are the beltlines. Both are given an exclusive finishing touch of red contrasting topstitching. The trim element represents a further highlight: this features a matt printed finish, although the essential structure still has a polished surface that bears the AMG logo.
With a peak performance of 280 kW and maximum torque of 475 Nm, the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4MATIC Coupé is amongst the most powerful vehicles in its segment, accelerating from rest to 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds. Coupled with a burly exhaust note, accelerating the CLA45 AMG off the line is absolutely addictive. According to Mercedes a fuel consumption figure of just 6.9 litres for every 100 kilometres is possible. And amazing figure that underlines the standards of efficiency achieved by Mercedes-AMG. But when you have a test car like this for a week economy runs is the last thing on your mind. You don’t keep an eye on consumption, you keep an eye on the hot
hatch in your rear view mirror – because that is exactly where they will stay!
The Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4MATIC sells for R874 500-00 as of January 2017.