Mercedes-Benz’ performance division AMG has taken the covers off the all-new CLA 35 sports sedan.
The CLA 35 shares most of its mechanical parts with the related compact A 35 hatch and sedan.
Powering the four-door coupe is the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder as the others, producing 225kW of power and 400Nm of torque. Drive is sent to the pavement through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a front-biased 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. AMG claims it can sprint from zero to 100km/h sprint in just 4.8 seconds, toward an electronically-limited top speed of 250km/h.
Under the skin, AMG have added additional chassis bracing, in addition to adaptive dampers, 350mm front brake discs with four-piston calipers and 330mm rear brakes with single-piston calipers, a variable sports exhaust and variable electric steering rack.
Visually, the baby AMG can be differentiated from its lukewarm CLA 250 siblings by its more aggressive bumpers, sporty side skirts, optional 19-inch alloy wheels, rear lip spoiler and dual exhaust tips.
Inside, there’s the same dual-screen MBUX infotainment system as standard CLAs, which now features a number of AMG-specific menus and applications. Other interior features include an AMG-badged sports steering wheel, metallic paddle shifters and sports bucket seats trimmed in perforated leather with red contrast stitching.
The Mercedes-AMG will make its debut at the New York auto show next week, ahead of an Australian on-sale debut in the fourth quarter of 2019..