PRETORIA, South Africa – The latest compact super-sportscars from Mercedes-AMG have landed in South Africa with a promise of ”outstanding performance, driving dynamics and design”.
At the heart of each vehicle is what Merc says is ”the world’s most powerful series-production, turbocharged, four-cylinder, two-litre, engine”. The new two- litre engine can make 310kW/500Nm, reach 100km/h in 3.9sec. This results in a 0-100km/h sprint time of just 3.9sec for the A45 S 4Matic+ Hatch and four seconds for the CLA 45 S 4Matic+.
Selvin Govender, Mercedes SA’s marketing director, added: “This our most powerful and most dynamic compact sport car, reinforces the significance of this segment for our growth strategy.”
Visual cues to identify the range, the automaker says, include an AMG-specific grille, wider front wings, and flared wheel-arches to accommodate the wider front axle. Wider AMG skirts appear to lower the profile; the rear has two pairs of 90mm tailpipes with internal fluting, and an AMG badge.
The S-models include wide 19” alloy wheel rims shod 245/35 R19 and 255/35 R19 (CLA 45 S) respectively.
The standard transmission is an eight-speed DCT and should you wish to use it for some reason on our crowded roads, the standard ”race-start” function allows maximum acceleration from rest. Wand to do the shifts yourself…? The auto can also be used as a manual ‘box.
All-wheel drive is standard and includes two electronic multi-disc clutches, each connected to a rear axle driveshaft so drive can not only be completely variably distributed front/rear but also left/right.
”The result,” Merc says, ”is optimum traction through various modes: slippery, comfort, sport, sport+, individual and ‘race’ to provide a wide spread of vehicle characteristics – from comfortable to dynamic.”
The AMG suspension provides, Merc says, ”the basis for high directional stability and highly dynamic cornering characteristics” is said to include little body roll; or a buyer can opt for AMG Ride Control which allows suspension adjustment from comfort to sport.
The brakes employ four-piston front calipers squeezing 350x34mm discs, the rear single-piston floating calipers act on 330x22mm discs. An optional AMG Dynamic Plus stops with six-piston fixed calipers and 360x36mm discs at the front.
”With its sporty appointments and the MBUX infotainment system,” Mercedes says, ”the cabin has a personal connection between man and machine. MBUX creates an even closer connection between the vehicle, driver and passengers.”
There are three AMG displays: Classic, Sport, Supersport. Supersport has a round central tachometer and more information presented as bars left and right of the dial. The perspective is three-dimensional to an artificial horizon.
Voice control, Why yes, of course….!
Oh, and there’s a virtual ”race engineer”, should you wish to use your very expensive new car for motorsport. It’s standard on S-models and will monitor more than 80 data displays.
And, should you wish to trumpet the cars’ top speed, it’s 270km/h.