At European Auto Specialists, we like to drive what we repair, which is European vehicles, each and every day. We live them and breathe them. To the mechanics at this Cincinnati garage, it’s more than just a job. It’s a passion. So when we the 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 packed even more of a punch than its predecessor, we had to check it out. And man, are we ever excited.
The new release debuted in July at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The numbers are similar to last year’s release: a compact four-door coupe with a similarly sized 2.0-liter turbo-4, packing 382 horsepower, up from 375 hp in the outgoing version.
Superior Performance Peaking the Redline
But the story is deeper than that. As Motor Authority explains:
“That 2.0-liter turbo-4 isn’t just an evolution of the last-generation CLA45’s engine; it’s fairly different this time around. The M139 engine from Affalterbach has been massaged by AMG professionals and is one of the most power-dense powerplants on the planet. Slicker cylinder walls, roller bearings in the turbocharger, and a new electronically controlled wastegate keep the busy engine spinning furiously up to 7,200 rpm. Mercedes says it’s tuned the responsiveness from the turbos to mimic a naturally aspirated engine — the power builds progressively instead of peaking early and plateauing to a redline.”
A big part of that power packed performance is the suspension. “The all-wheel-drive system electro-mechanically shuttles power between wheels, front to back, and side to side, for better grip and cornering,” Motor Authority explains. “Between the rear wheels, power can shuttle from side to side via separate clutches in the rear axle differential. MacPherson struts up front use aluminum wishbones for lighter unsprung mass; a four-link rear suspension offers better torsional rigidity.”
So our mechanics are pretty excited to see this baby roll out. We can’t wait to test it on the highways in Cincinnati, pull it into our auto repair shop and see what’s under the hood. Give those Mercedes brakes a run for their money. Hey, we can dream while we make a living, can’t we?