This is a discussion on Next car, CLA45 or BMW M235 within the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG forums, part of the Mercedes-Benz CLA Model Specific Forums category; Good info. Thanks! Keep us posted after you drive it hard once break in is over. I'm really curious about how engaging the updates make ...
The thing about the GT350... like most domestics... it puts up such high numbers yet the performance is the same as the CLA45. V8 526 HP... to a lot of people they'd rather have the V8 than "pay through the nose for a 4-banger". For me the hand built most-powerful 4-banger in production has more cachet than 'just another underperforming V8".
In comparison, I'd actually take the GT350R over the C63 based on price/performance.
But if you prefer RWD and MT then the GT350 is the right choice.
2014 CLA45 AMG (Jupiter Red, Night, Exhaust, Premium, MM, MBTex w/ Recaro Seats, BSA, AMG steering wheel) -
Ordered Nov 2013; Delivered April 2014. Engine Builder: Sylvio Muller
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Performance wise its there, but its not really a 'luxury' vehicle, its a muscle car.
The GT350 just like the M2, are rwd 2 door cars.
To me, any American car just isn't going to have that 'finesse' factor that an AMG or M-Series does, its all about power in the 'american muscle' category.
I would never DD a full on manual.
Folks are raving about the GT350 on the track, so I presume it carries a great degree of finesse and is an engaging car to drive. Some have compared it to the GT3.
But the CLA or M2 would prob be more practical. With the Ford I'd have to have a DD given all the snow we get.