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The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG will arrive later this year and Mercedes-Benz invited journalists for a test drive this week. Here’s the first impression.
“In many ways, the AMG is a more pleasant everyday driver than the CLA45 AMG. The GLA delivers the same rousing performance, but offers a more comfortable ride, better for daily commuting.”
“…the transverse four-cylinder is most impressive from 4,500 rpm and up, where its character hardens and delivers explosive qualities on a planted throttle. It also sounds fantastic: a raspy growl under load and the occasional exhaust crackle.”
“We tried it on some rocky terrain and it happily traverses trails and loose gravel roads without feeling overly fragile or vulnerable. Whether you like it for its looks or its capabilities, the GLA fitted with the off-road package is uniquely appealing.”
“It adds more cargo space, a higher seating position for better visibility and even some rough road ability if you need it. Not bad considering it has the same footprint, similar styling and should likely deliver equivalent mileage numbers.”
I got up ridiculously early this morning to attend a CLA45AMG training session with the service department. The technical acheivements of the CLA45 AMG are very impressive and it looks pretty sharp too!
The silver contrast “chin” on the car was a surprise! The one we sold recently was Iridium Silver so I didn’t notice! This would be black on a car with the Night Styling Package!
This is the worlds most powerful production 4-cylinder. 355 horses and it feels like a rocket!
Thanks to Mercedes-Benz Learning and Performance for keeping us up to date on all of the new and exciting vehicles that have been coming our way!
This Special Edition C63 AMG just arrived in our AMG Performance Showroom and it is a stunner! It is very obviously a different beast from the “standard” C63 AMG!
Look at those Hood Scoops!
Look at those wheels!
And that Stripe!
Not to mention the extra 55 horses they crammed into the engine!
And the killer exhaust!
Your really need to come try this car on…they are very exclusive and you may never see one in person again!
2014 C63 AMG Coupe Edition 507
From the Mercedes-Benz Facebook page (and everywhere else on the internet!): Presenting the all-new 2015 GLA45 AMG, the fourth high-performance SUV to arrive from our speed shop in Affalterbach. Under the hood is a handcrafted 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder putting down 355-hp and 332 lb-ft of torque through a high-performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. It’s an SUV that gets from 0-60 mph in a scant 4.8 seconds-and one that very few others should trifle with. On sale this fall.
It’s here! Our 2014 CLA45 AMG has arrived! Here it is lurking in our AMG Performance showroom. I’ve had lots of clients interested but everyone wanted to drive it first…here is your opportunity.
These look just like the 421 Sport Package Wheels from the 2014 S550!
The “Red Cut” leather is really interesting. It looks like the leather is black on top and red underneath. Every perforation in the seat shows the red.
This engine was handbuilt by Markus Raddau at the AMG engine factory in Germany. It is a 4 cylinder Turbo and it is a blast!
It won’t be here for long! This would be a great present to yourself!
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG has officially been released for sale! They should begin shipping from the ports and arriving at dealerships this week! My silver one is still available! Who’s ready?
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 is not coming to the US and I will probably never even lay eyes on one in person. Normally, I wouldn’t mention it. But this Motor Trend First Drive Review does a great job of explaining the incredible technology while boggling at the ridiculousness of it.
“Turns out that the gargantuan 6×6 is actually hand-built on the same assembly line that produces every other G-Wagen. A workforce 1500 strong recently added a second shift because G-Wagen sales are through the roof, with 2012 the stout off-roader/military vehicle’s best full sales year since production started in 1979.”
“At current exchange rates, the 6×6 costs a little less than $625,000. Take out the 19 percent European value-added tax and you’re still looking at around $525K. (Sadly, Mercedes isn’t selling the 6×6 in the States, or the V-12 G65 — yet.) The 6×6 weighs a touch more than 9000 pounds (up from 5876 for our last standard G63), yet Mercedes claims this monster can hit 60 mph in fewer than 8 seconds.”
“Like for real, jumping a 9000-pound, six-wheeled pickup truck with me grinning like an idiot from the passenger seat. Since we had our usual crew of photo and video people (“Good, but do it once more, please…”), Erwin jumped with the 6×6 again and again and again — I neglected to actually count, but I’d guess 20 jumps is pretty accurate. Then he drove through four feet of water, and then started bounding up boulders at unbelievable angles. Then he let me drive the 6×6. Which, according to Mercedes, makes me the first journalist to be given the thrill.”
“If you’re familiar with portal axles, you’ll feel just a whiff of the familiar rocking sensation. Then the 536 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque kick in and you’re off like a hippopotamus over a waterfall.”
“I should probably mention that the 6×6 has five differentials. This gets a little tricky, but it’s worth explaining…”
“Inexplicably, there’s no backup camera. Now, I realize complaining about a lack of a backup camera is similar to what my predecessors did in the 1970s and ’80s when they’d moan about the lack of rear visibility in a Lamborghini Countach…I think 6×6 owners will develop the technique of just running over the Lamborghini parked behind them. When I asked Axel Harries why no backup camera, he just put his head down and started laughing.”
“Every time I saw it, I turned into a 12-year-old boy, simply giddy with each glimpse. I think the lucky, wealthy folks who purchase AMG’s biggest, most expensive toy will experience the same sense of childlike huzzah and wonderment every time they step into their garage.”