Published on May 9th, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Edition 1 For RM392,888.00
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has just announced the availability of the new CLA 45 AMG Edition 1, which offers a fascinatingly sporty driving experience, characterised by impressive craftsmanship and individuality. The four-cylinder model features the hallmark AMG DNA. During design and development phase, the Mercedes-AMG experts were able to draw on all their experience in motorsport and the construction of powerful high-performance cars and components gained over the past decade. With BlueDIRECT turbo engine, the all-wheel drive and AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission boasts an extremely attractive, dynamic and efficient drive configuration.
With the CLA 45 AMG, Mercedes-Benz continues its series of exceptional Edition 1 special models. The Edition 1 combines special equipment features that underscore the sportiness and exclusivity of the four-door coupé. AMG front and rear aprons and side sill panels in combination with the black-painted multi-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels create a powerful presence. The diamond radiator grille in silver features a black louvre and chrome inserts. Bi-xenon headlamps are standard, as is the sports suspension with lowered body.
Trim elements in longitudinal-grain aluminium and a 3-spoke nappa leather multifunction sports steering wheel with a flattened lower section and perforations in the grip sector all round off the vehicle’s dynamic presence.
Dynamic and individual cars for new target groups
With ages ranging between 30 and the mid-40s, the CLA 45 AMG target groups are younger than the previous AMG customers.Professionally successful and independent, the customers are looking for dynamic and individual cars. Their wish is to express their style- and trend-driven lifestyle with a car from a recognised performance brand. The CLA 45 AMG follows the philosophy of the successful CLS 63 AMG – the trend-setting four-door high-performance coupé. It offers a unique combination of a fascinatingly sporty driving experience, extravagant design and maximum individuality. Mercedes-AMG appeals to the tech-savvy and flexible attitude to life adopted by both target groups by offering a wide range of equipment, colour and material options for the new models.
Typically AMG: the most powerful series-production four-cylinder turbo engine in the world
The CLA 45 AMG holds pole position in their displacement segment: the newly developed AMG 2.0-litre turbo engine is the most powerful series-production four-cylinder turbo engine in the world. A maximum output of 265 kW (360 hp) and up to 450 Newton metres of torque are unmatched by any other mass-produced turbocharged four-cylinder engine worldwide. The power density of 133 kW (181 hp) puts the AMG high-performance turbo engine on par with the world’s most powerful super sports cars.
The high output and torque coupled with the performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive fitted as standard make for extremely dynamic performance as the CLA 45 AMG complete the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and have a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited). With a fuel consumption of 6.9 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined), the new high-performance cars from Affalterbach are exceptionally efficient and lead the way in their segments. It is a further priority to ensure a sustainable reduction in particulate emissions.
Twin-scroll turbocharger and AMG sports exhaust system with exhaust flap
Mercedes-AMG addresses the essential challenges concerning the response of small displacement turbo engines by means of a twin-scroll turbocharger, maximum derestriction of the exhaust system and an innovative injection strategy. The twin-scroll technology provides for a more spontaneous build-up of charge pressure, making effective use of exhaust gas back pressure, exhaust gas temperature and exhaust gas impulse. This results in a swifter build-up of torque right from the lower rev range. As a positive side-effect, the twin-scroll technology also benefits fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. With a maximum charge pressure of 1.8 bar, the AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine leads the field in this respect, too.
The AMG sports exhaust system features large pipe cross-sections and an automatically controlled exhaust flap: this technology, which is familiar from the SLK 55 AMG, reconciles the two apparently conflicting aims of tangible dynamic spirit and hallmark Mercedes comfort on long journeys. The flap is continuously adjusted by map control according to the power called up by the driver, load status and engine speed. During powerful acceleration, the tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system emit an exciting sound. The four-door high-performance coupé’s engine sound is more understated so as to make the ride an even more pleasurable experience for the rear passengers. An AMG performance exhaust system with exhaust flap is available as an option. Those opting for this system will experience an even more emotive and full engine sound.
One man, one engine: a tradition of hand-built excellence
Like all the AMG eight- and twelve-cylinder engines, the new AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine is assembled entirely by hand according to AMG’s traditional “one man, one engine” philosophy – as shown by the AMG engine badge bearing the signature of the responsible engine fitter.
AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission in the CLA 45 AMG features seven gears, three distinct transmission modes, a double-declutching function dependent on the transmission mode and RACE START for optimum acceleration. Major strengths of the AMG dual clutch transmission include spontaneous gearshifts without interruption in tractive power, a tailor-made control strategy based on the AMG SPEEDSHIFT functions, extremely smooth and easy gearshifts, and a high level of efficiency. The shift times in manual mode “M” and in sport mode “S” are similarly sporty in character to those of the SLS AMG GT super sports car. Briefly and precisely interrupting ignition and injection under full load leads to even faster gearshifts in “M” and “S”, with a more emotive sound. The transmission control fully utilises the benefits of the direct injection technology right up to the physical limits: the quicker engine response ensures that injection is interrupted even more precisely, resulting in fast gear changes and an emotional sound experience designed to generate excitement.
In “C” mode (Controlled Efficiency), tangibly soft transmission and engine characteristics support a fuel-efficient and comfort-oriented driving style. In addition, in “C” mode the ECO start/stop function is active. Another special feature designed to enhance dynamic performance and driving enjoyment is the so-called “Momentary M mode” – as seen in the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series super sports car.
Performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive
The CLA 45 AMG comes with variable, performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive as standard. In developing this all-wheel drive system, the focus was firmly on performance and dynamic spirit. The power transfer to the rear powertrain is provided by a compact power take-off unit (PTU) which is fully integrated into the 7-speed sports transmission.
A two-part propeller shaft transfers the power from the AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine to the rear axle. In the interests of favourable weight distribution, an electro-hydraulically controlled multiple-disc clutch is integrated with the rear axle differential. The multiple-disc clutch control detects slip at the front axle. A hydraulic pump instantaneously presses the discs together and channels the engine torque to the rear wheels as necessary.
All this takes place without the driver noticing. Power distribution is fully variable: in normal driving, the CLA 45 AMG use front-wheel drive in the interests of optimum efficiency. When the driving dynamics so require, the variable AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive splits the torque between front and rear axle up to a ratio of 50:50 per cent.
Typically for AMG, the Electronic Stability Program is configured as 3-stage ESP®. The CLA 45 AMG have three driving modes – “ESP ON”, “SPORT Handling Mode” and “ESP OFF” – enabling dynamic performance to be varied according to individual requirements at the push of a button. ESP® Curve Dynamic Assist is likewise included as standard.
During dynamic cornering, imperceptible braking intervention on the rear inside wheel gives rise to a defined yaw moment around the vertical axis, resulting in precise cornering by the CLA 45 AMG, ensuring that the vehicle remains under control at all times.
AMG sports suspension and AMG high-performance braking system
Like every AMG high-performance car, the CLA 45 AMG incorporate sophisticated axle technology. For enhanced dynamic handling, the McPherson front axle is fitted with stiffer steering knuckles and new elastokinematics. The four-link rear axle is also a completely new development. Handling stability and precision are enhanced by the optimised elastokinematics and the rigid connection between the subframe and the body. The AMG sports suspension with specifically tuned spring/damper units and larger anti-roll bars provides for high lateral acceleration and a reduced rolling tendency in fast double bends.
The CLA 45 AMG comes as standard with AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels, in Matt Black, fitted with 235/35 R 19 tyres.
Exterior design with sporty and muscular highlights
One aspect that is immediately apparent about the CLA 45 AMG is the intentional similarity with the CLS 63 AMG: Mercedes‑AMG enhances the expressive CLA design idiom by adding
hallmark AMG features.
Standard equipment includes:
- AMG “twin-blade” radiator grille, painted matt titanium grey
- AMG front fascia with front splitter in matt titanium grey
- Large side cooling air intakes with black flics
- Side sill panels with inserts in matt titanium grey
- “TURBO AMG” lettering on front wing
- AMG rear fascia with stylised side air outlet openings
- Rear diffuser insert with trim in matt titanium grey
- AMG sports exhaust system with two rectangular, chrome-plated tailpipe trims featuring twin-tailpipe design
- Bi-xenon headlamps
- Tail lights with LED technology
- Red seat belts
Dynamic and exclusive interior design and appointments
Inside, too, the CLA 45 AMG boasts hallmark Mercedes-AMG dynamic spirit and exclusivity. High-quality touches in both high-performance cars include the sports seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre with red contrasting topstitching and red seat belts, the multifunction sports steering wheel with shift paddles, and the AMG DRIVE UNIT with E-SELECT lever. The CLA 45 AMG is distinguishable by the instrument panel trim in brushed aluminium and five galvanised ventilation outlets.Furthermore, the AMG instrument cluster in the CLA 45 AMG has a 2-tube look. The central colour display incorporates the AMG main menu including RACETIMER. On opening the door, the driver is greeted by the AMG start-up screen. Numerous individualisation options are available for both models.
Key data at a glance:
|Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG|
|Bore x stroke||83.0 x 92.0 mm|
|Output||265 kW (360 hp)|
at 6000 rpm
|Max. torque||450 Nm|
at 2250-5000 rpm
|Power density||133 kW (181 hp)|
|Fuel consumption, NEDC combined||6.9-7.1 l/100 km|
|CO2 emissions||161-165 g/km|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||4.6 sec.|
|Top speed||250 km/h*|
The new CLA 45 AMG is priced at RM 392, 888 with Light Aluminium Trim and RM 395,888 with AMG Carbon-Fibre Trim.