The Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 now exists as a shooting brake

The wagon version of the coupe-sedan version of AMG’s hot hatch. With Drift Mode
by Ollie Kew | Jul 17, 2019
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Attention, the four or five people of the world to whom AMG does not yet cater. You listening?

Have you been waiting for a ludicrously fast wagon that isn’t too big? Have you been hoping for a 400hp hot hatch, but thought the AMG A45’s rear cargo area was just too small? Then you lucky people, meet the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 Shooting Brake. The wagon version of the four-door coupe-sedan version of the AMG hot hatch. Wait, what?

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As you’ve probably guessed, this car shares all of its heavy-duty engineering with the AMG A45 super-hatch. That means a record-breaking 2.0-liter turbo engine good for, in the CLA 45 S, a massive 416hp. If you can do without the ‘S,’ you’ll be getting by with only 377hp. And getting from 0-100kph in 4.1sec, instead of 4.0sec dead. Honestly, could you be seen in one? In a non-S? The shame of it.

The CLA 45 S also brings with it Drift Mode, thanks to a clutch pack in the rear differential that can send torque to the most tire-wreckingest end of the rear axle when you’re cornering with German vim and vigor. And the 505-liter boot isn’t full of fixie-bike or windsurfing gear. And designer dogs.

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Like the A45, there’s a fleet of chassis reinforcements under the bodykitted skin to stop the CLA 45 from collapsing like poorly assembled furniture when its truly hilarious power output is unleashed, via an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox and four-wheel drive. This might look like a concept car inspired by a shoe, but make no mistake—there’s some serious fast-car engineering at play here.

Incidentally, if you’re pondering what it’s like to ride in the new 416hp Mercedes-AMG A45 S, you can discover the answer by tapping on these blue words.

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As usual for an AMG, there are more driving modes than there are seats, and the top speed is limited (to, er, 280kph in the CLA 45 S). Here’s a stat for the nerds: The CLA 45 makes do with 82mm-wide tailpipes, while the S version gets 90mm-wide pipes. Don’t be caught measuring them in public.

No prices yet, but if you’re expecting a decent chunk of change from £50,000 (P3.17 million), have a lie down in a cool, dark room. Which is probably where AMG’s engineers are now. Working out what to put a 416hp 2.0-liter motor in next. A B-Class, perhaps? A Smart?

We digress—that’s mere fantasy. So, which of the mad (and real) ‘45’ family is it to be? Hatchback, coupe-sedan, or swoopy wagon Shooting Brake?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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