Mercedes has just released a big image gallery of its newest AMG models, namely the A45 and CLA45, which claim to offer junior supercar performance in a compact footprint.
Both of AMG’s new babies are using a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that cranks out 382hp (387PS) and 354lb-ft (480Nm) of torque in the case of the basic 45 version and 415hp (421PS) and 368lb-ft of torque in the range-topping 45 S models.
All this power goes to all four wheels via a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, making it possible for the A45 S to reach the 62mph mark from naught in just 3.9 seconds. The more powerful S models also benefit from a rather self-explanatory Drift mode.
The basic A 45 model can achieve a 0-62mph (100km/h) in 4 seconds flat (CLA 45 in 4.1 sec) while the A 45 S requires just 3.9 seconds for the same procedure (CLA 45 S in 4.0 sec). Top speed for the basic 45 models is electronically capped at 155mph (250km/h), with the S variants able to go all the way up to 167mph (270km/h).
AMG has also reinforced the bodyshell of the new 45 models with a lightweight aluminum plate underneath the engine, a front tower brace, a set of plates between the side members and the A-pillars, as well as diagonal struts both at the front and the rear of the underbody.
The result is a stiffer shell for the suspension to bolt on, providing a much better basis for it to work with in order to extract the performance required. The more powerful 45 S models also benefit from AMG’s Torque Control System, which uses two multidisc clutches in the rear differential to precisely control and distribute the torque to each individual rear wheel.