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Thanks for sharing. I wonder if Mercedes' typically conservative 0-60mph times suggests that the CLA 45 will do closer to 4.2 seconds 0-60?
 

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Finally some official information on the CLA 45 AMG..

Interesting question and answer part

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Why did Mercedes-Benz develop the CLA? To attract new customers with a significant and stylish 4-
door coupe that meets the needs of today’s urban and suburban luxury customer. We want to attract
these groups to the brand because we feel they have never considered Mercedes-Benz in the past.

What is the base price that was advertised during the 2013 Super Bowl? USD $29,900 excluding
the model year 2014 destination charge of $925 (MY13 is $905). The MSRP for the CLA45 AMG is
$47,450 (excluding MY14 D&D $925).

Doesn’t a smaller and less expensive car dilute the Mercedes-Benz brand? The Mercedes-Benz
brand has never been positioned higher than it has today, with more cars in more segments vs. our
competitors that are priced over USD $100k and even $200k. We believe that the brand’s strengths
allow it to also expand toward younger and younger-at-heart customers who may never have
considered Mercedes-Benz in the past.

The CLA seems to overlap C-Class in size and price territory – how does this affect the
positioning? The CLA actually is positioned differently than the C-Class and costs nearly $5,500 less
than the C250 sedan (which starts at $35,325). The CLA has a clear and sporty point of view as the
smaller sibling of the CLS 4-door coupe, with key elements including a distinctive and eye-catching
exterior, sporty handling, sporty interior content such as standard sport seats and overall environment
that is exciting and fun to drive, overall authenticity, and a having connectivity such as mbrace2.
Finally, the CLA has a very honest pricing structure that has a much smaller bandwidth of possible
options with a typical equipment level of around USD $35,000.

It doesn’t seem possible that you are earning money with the CLA250 – how is it possible to
achieve a price of USD $29,900 excluding destination charge of $925 (for MY2014). The business
case for the CLA is positive globally (including the USA) mostly because of economies of scale for the
NGCC (‘New Generation Compact Cars’) platform: we have five cars based on this platform with a high
corresponding overall volume. Furthermore it was designed to only have four-cylinder engines (instead
of C-Class’s 4 cyl, V6 or AMG V8 offerings), making crashworthiness development simpler and more
efficient. The car is also produced in Hungary, which also further helps making the price proposition
positive.

What do you consider as success for the CLA and what are your projected sales numbers? We
consider the CLA a success if it is accepted by the intended customers that are younger and younger-
at-heart. While we don’t share projected sales goals, we believe we have a simple yet effective lineup
of CLA250, CLA250 4MATIC, and CLA45 AMG that will capture many hearts and minds.
 

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Also very useful. Quick reference on everything

Quick Reference Guide: 2014 CLA250 / CLA250 4MATIC / CLA45 AMG:

Customer Availability:


  • CLA250 (front-wheel drive) - September 2013
  • CLA45 AMG (4MATIC-only) – November 2013
  • CLA250 4MATIC – latest Spring 2014
Performance:

  • 2014 CLA250 four-door coupe (208 hp, 258 lb.ft.)
  • 2014 CLA250 4MATIC all-wheel drive, four-door coupe (208 hp, 258 lb.ft.)
  • 2014 CLA45 AMG (4MATIC-only) (355 hp, 332 lb.ft.) - AMG’s first 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine, which will also be built by hand.

CLA45 AMG Standard Feature Highlights:


  • AMG 2.0L inline 4-cylinder
  • Turbocharged engine
  • 7-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission
  • 0-60 in 4.5 seconds
  • ECO Start/Stop

CLA45 AMG Optional Feature Highlights:


  • Red Brake Calipers
  • DISTRONIC Plus
  • Blind Spot Assist
  • Lane Keeping Assist

CLA250 / CLA250 4MATIC Standard Feature Highlights:


  • 2.0L inline 4-cylinder Turbocharged engine
  • 7-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission
  • Front sport seats
  • ECO Start/Stop

CLA250 / CLA250 4MATIC Optional Feature Highlights:

  • Sport Appearance Pkg w/18” wheels & AMG Styling front/rear bumpers
  • Available 4MATIC all-wheel drive
  • DISTRONIC Plus
  • Blind Spot Assist

CLA-Class Pricing Guidance:


  • $29,900 for the front-wheel drive version as advertised in the Super Bowl (excluding MY14
  • D&D $925); CLA45 AMG pricing is $47,450 (excluding MY14 D&D $925); CLA250 4MATIC
  • pricing to be confirmed closer to 2014 launch.
 

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What we have all been waiting for!

Information about the AWD 4Matic system :cool:

This might be specific to the AMG or not.

Performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive

The 2014 CLA45 AMG features variable AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive as standard. In developing this all-wheel-drive system, the focus was on "performance" and "dynamic spirit." The power transfer to the rear drive train is facilitated by a compact power take-off unit (PTU), which is fully integrated into the 7-speed sports transmission. Its lubrication is supplied by the oil circuit of the sports transmission. This configuration results in substantial weight advantages compared with rival systems, which branch off power by means of an add-on component with dedicated circuit. Together with the friction-minimized tapered roller bearings, the PTU delivers excellent efficiency. As an additional bonus, the system weight of the new AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive is up to 25 percent less than the all-wheel-drive versions offered by the competition. A two-part propeller shaft transfers the power of the AMG 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine to the rear axle. In the interests of favorable weight distribution, an electrohydraulically controlled multi-disc clutch is integrated into the rear axle differential. The multi-disc clutch immediately 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 virtually unnoticed by the driver. To enable particularly fast response, the pump is always active and does not require to be started up each time it is needed, as is usually the case with other systems. Torque split is fully variable: in normal driving, the CLA45 AMG has front-wheel drive bias in the interests of optimum efficiency. If the driving dynamics require, the variable AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive splits the torque between front and rear axle at a ratio of up to 50 : 50 percent. The variables influencing the torque split ratio are vehicle speed, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, steering angle, speed difference between the individual wheels, selected gear and accelerator position.
Sounds like a good performance AWD. I am excited.
 

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More interesting info
The shift times in manual mode "M" and in sport mode "S" are of similar sporty

character as those of the SLS AMG GT super sports car. Brief and precise

suppression of ignition and injection under full load leads to even faster

gearshifts with a more emotional sound than ever.
Are they trying to say the shifts are as quick as the SLS?
 

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Good news on the 4Matic torque split. Before anyone asks. This is what determines the torque split ratio

"The variables influencing the torque split ratio are vehicle speed, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, steering angle, speed difference between the individual wheels, selected gear and accelerator position."

Basically if you drive aggressively it will be 50:50 split. If you granny drive - it'll stay FWD.

Not a bad deal.
 

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I am surprised to hear they are going with the "one man, one engine" production on an entry level vehicle. They have this on all the other AMG models.

One person builds the motor by hand.
 

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26.1 psi of boost is no joke. Most engines would explode from that kind of boost. Too bad only the AMG model has that exhaust butterfly valve. Would have been nice ot have on the regular CLA.
 

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Key figures at a glance:

Displacement
1,991 cc

Bore x stroke 83.0 x 92.0 mm

Compression ratio
8.6 : 1

Rated power output (U.S.)
355 hp at 6,000 rpm

Peak torque (U.S.)
332 lb.-ft. at 2,250-5,000 rpm


Engine weight (dry) 326 lbs.

Maximum engine speed 6,700 rpm

Power density 178 hp per liter

Maximum boost pressure 26.1 psi (1.8 bar)

Acceleration 0-60 mph km/h 4.5s (est)

Top speed 155 mph (electronically limited)
 

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Pretty impressive numbers from a four cylinder from factory. I think it makes most of its power from the turbo. But I'm guessing for the size of the turbo it needs a higher psi to generate that much horsepower and quicker acceleration from the bottom up.
 

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I wonder if there will be noticeable turbo lag in the 45 AMG model. They are running a small turbo to assist with the lag.

4 cylinder engines with turbochargers I find have noticeable lag.
 

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I wonder if there will be noticeable turbo lag in the 45 AMG model. They are running a small turbo to assist with the lag.

4 cylinder engines with turbochargers I find have noticeable lag.
That could be the case but I heard a little different. to avoid lag it is the most important to choose the right size turbo to pair with the engine.
 

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26.1 psi of boost is no joke. Most engines would explode from that kind of boost. Too bad only the AMG model has that exhaust butterfly valve. Would have been nice ot have on the regular CLA.
Very true usually with smaller displacement engine they would need to run a high amount of psi to get good power feedback and the turbo is important as well. But a 2.0L? i just hope the engine has enough reinforcing to take all that pressure.
 

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Talking about turbo lag, does Mercedes have a history of having turbo lag?

So far from what im seeing, it seems as if Mercedes over built the engine, but is tuning it to be good enough. I guess a good place to start to assume if there will be turbo lag is how much PSI is actually being used. Usually low output turbo's that help to do what a V6 can and no more, are quite lag free. It's just high performance applications that get it.
 

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I guess we'll know about turbo lag (or lack of) once it becomes available to the automotive journalists like Edmunds, Auto Week, C&D, etc. The engine block is sand cast so it will be pretty strong.
 

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I guess we'll know about turbo lag (or lack of) once it becomes available to the automotive journalists like Edmunds, Auto Week, C&D, etc. The engine block is sand cast so it will be pretty strong.
Whats a sand cast block? Has Mercedes been using "sand cast" blocks for a while now?

I'm curious how strong the engine block is, cause I know eventually tuners will want to add bigger turbos and just crank out more power. Hopefully it's a really strong block that can handle a ton of power.
 

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