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Mercedes teases CLA 45 AMG
For all you sweaty palmsmiths out there, it’s a still taken from a very exciting new game franchise called Driveclub, launched on the equally very exciting new PlayStation 4. And Mercedes has been ever so kind as to give us a teaser of the new CLA AMG’s derriere.
Both this car and the A 45 AMG - which you can see more pictures of here - will be presented to the world in March (A 45 at Geneva, CLA 45 at New York), and both will feature the most powerful production four-cylinder turbo engine…in the world.
That’s right, much to the dismay of dyed-in-the-wool AMG enthusiasts, both cars will feature turbocharged 2.0-litre four-pots, producing some 360bhp and 331lb ft of torque. And, in a further move away from it’s traditional modus operandi, both will feature permanent AMG 4Matic four-wheel-drive. Yikes.
We’ll have to reserve judgement on both cars until we can get our hammy fists on them, but we’re told the A 45 AMG and its seven-speed DCT box (with shift times as quick as the SLS GT) will sprint from 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds and on to a limited top speed of 155mph. Should make a nice noise too; we rode shotgun in an A 45 AMG a while back, and it has the hallmark AMG burble. This is Good.
Have a gander at the above image and let us know what you think, and then watch a teaser for the new Driveclub game below. Looks promising, doesn’t it - could this be the new Gran Turismo? We couldn’t help but notice some Top Gear hero cars in the trailer, including the Hennessey Venom GT, BMW M3, M5, Koenigsegg Agera R and even the BAC Mono. Hmmm…