Mercedes-Benz today introduced an even more powerful and sportier version of its two entry-level cars. Slotting above the A 35 and CLA 35, the new 2020 Mercedes-AMG A 45 and CLA 45 4MATIC+ are the pocket rockets we were waiting for.
With a newly developed 2.0-litre turbo engine a.k.a. the world’s most powerful four-cylinder in series production, these models generate up to 382 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque in base trim or an amazing 421 horsepower and 369 pound-feet in S trim. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h is completed in four seconds only, give or take a tenth of a second depending on the model.
In both cases, power goes through a new eight-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT dual-clutch transmission that is said to offer considerably faster gearshifts.
For optimum traction, a fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive system distributes torque at the rear axle on a wheel-selective basis using AMG TORQUE CONTROLS. This is made possible by a new rear-axle differential that features two multidisc clutches (one for each wheel). And if you deactivate stability control and use the paddle shifters, you’ll even have access to a Drift function!
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Mercedes-Benz today introduced an even more powerful and sportier version of its two entry-level cars. Slotting above the A 35 and CLA 35 , the new 2020 Mercedes-AMG A 45 and CLA 45 4MATIC+ are the pocket rockets we were waiting for. With a newly developed 2.0-litre turbo engine a.k.a.
– Both models are expected to debut in India as well.
Both the A-Class and CLA-Class were awaiting their most powerful derivative since their introduction. And now Mercedes-Benz has taken the covers off the A45 and CLA45 AMG at the ongoing Goodwood Festival of Speed. The new-generation of entry-level performance vehicles from Affalterbach are powered by the most powerful four-cylinder engine in the world today.
As reported earlier, the new M139 2.0-litre turbocharged engine powering both these cars has an output of 415bhp and 500NNm in its most potent S guise. Even in the standard trim, the 385bhp is more than most hot hatches. With this new engine, the mad scientists at Mercedes-AMG have exceeded the output of the previous M133 by almost 40bhp. And its maximum torque has also increased by 25Nm. This new engine has an output per litre of up to 210bhp. Its peak torque is available in a range of 5000-5250rpm (4750-5000 rpm in the basic version) while the engine is capable of revving to 7200rpm.
Sending the power to Mercedes’ 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system is an eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. In terms of performance, the A45 can hit 0-100kmph in four seconds flat while the A45 S can do the same in 3.9 seconds. Meanwhile, the CLA45 and the CLA45 S are both a tenth of a second slower than the hatchback owing to the added weight. The top speed of both the cars is capped at 250kmph which can be boosted to 270kmph with optional AMG Driver’s Package. The electronically controlled 4Matic+ system also comes with what Mercedes calls as Drift Mode.
The duo packs the most powerful four-cylinder engine in the world. – The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot engine makes 385bhp in standard guise and 415bhp in S. – Both models are expected to debut in India as well. Both the A-Class and CLA-Class were awaiting their most powerful derivative since their introduction.
I’m no stranger to Mercedes-AMG’s “One Man, One Engine” assembly plant, where every AMG engine is hand-assembled by a single individual. But upon entering a closed-off area on a higher floor, I would’ve thought that I’d walked through a portal into an alternate dimension.
It’s quiet. It’s clean. The usual morass of power cables and tools and parts bins are notably absent. Yet, this Bizarro World isn’t an anomaly — instead, this little corner of the facility in Affalterbach is dedicated to a brand spankin’ new method for assembling AMG’s bonkers M139 four-cylinder engine. The automaker wanted a new production method for its new four-pot, and boy howdy, it cooked up a doozy. Best of all, we’re bound to see more of it going forward.
Mercedes-AMG says it’s a mixture of the company’s “One Man, One Engine” philosophy and “Industry 4.0,” which is just a fancy way of saying the automaker is adding more digitalization and newfangled tech to its manufacturing routine.