Mercedes-Benz's new model in its sports-focused collaboration with AMG follows in the footsteps of the Audi A5, VW Passat CC and the BMW 3-Series GT as the latest in a growing line of premium German-built small, four-door coupes.
This small family car boasts the most powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine in series production anywhere in the world. Photo:AFP
However, what the CLA 45 AMG can offer that the others cannot is the most powerful four-cylinder turbo-charged engine currently fitted to any new production car in the world. The result is a vehicle that's practical enough to suit a young family as their daily drive but that also combines the quality, comfort and styling of Mercedes with AMG's incredible performance and racing know-how.
The car is a performance coupe in the truest sense, pumping out 360hp, able to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds and on to a top, electronically-limited, speed of 250km/h. Keeping this performance in check is permanent four-wheel drive and a seven-speed race derived gearbox.
Inside the cabin the racing theme continues. Leather sports seats, brushed aluminum and a multi-function steering wheel add to the driving experience, while a huge list of options will enable potential owners to tailor their car to suit individual needs.
Mercedes-Benz is yet to confirm pricing but has announced that the car will be on sale later this year.