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Here is a quick rundown of the Vitals for the newest member of the AMG family:

Engine: 2.0L Turbo I4
Power: 355 HP / 332 LB-FT
Transmission: 7-Speed DCT
0-60 Time: 4.5 Seconds (est.)
Top Speed: 155 MPH
Drivetrain: All-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight: 3,494 LBS
Seating: 2+3
Cargo: 16.6 CU-FT
MPG: 14 City / 23 HWY (est.)
Base Price: $47,450
As Expected in AMG Trim: $51,000 (est.)
 

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I've got to print out the order guide and play with the numbers.

If the price pushes too deep into the 60s for a decently outfitted car, I might find myself leaning back towards an S4 or just waiting for something else to hit the market. Sure, it loses some of the CLA's design flair but it properly fits an adult in the rear, offers a manual transmission and a few more amenities. Nobody who has spent time behind the wheel of the S4 complains of 'cheap' quality materials and the standard seat is not the seat in the A4. I'm not sure whether the CLA's quicker 0-60 time is enough; besides the S4's Quattro system is arguably a better AWD set-up than the 4MATIC in the CLA even if it does need some updating. Hell, maybe I'll look at a Panamera 4 -- although I'm still not sure I'm over its grande rear end. Over Macho Grande? No, I don't think I'll ever be over Macho Grande.

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Yeah was not expecting it to be that bad but I guess a 2.0L w/ 26lbs of boost is a 2.0L w/ 26lbs of boost even if AMG made it. :p
But considering the C63 AMG comes with a 6.3L V8 that does 13/19 cranking out 451 HP, surely a 2.0L pushing 355 could do better than 14/23. Also, the Stop/Start is only responsible for 1 MPG in the city? Seems like a useless technology.
 

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Also, the Stop/Start is only responsible for 1 MPG in the city? Seems like a useless technology.
Useless? Maybe.
Technology? Definitely.
Annoying as all get out? Ab-so-lute-ly.

The real advantage of the 4cyl is probably its weight. It only weighs 326lbs dry. Less weight = quicker acceleration.

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The 14/23 figures also hit me w/ a wth... :eek:

Over Macho Grande? No, I don't think I'll ever be over Macho Grande...
... lolololz!!! :D (yes, I speak jive.)
 

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I thought in some of the MB videos they said it was going to be in the high 30s! If the MPGs are so low I won't be buying one :(
 

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Here is a quick rundown of the Vitals for the newest member of the AMG family:

Engine: 2.0L Turbo I4
Power: 355 HP / 332 LB-FT
Transmission: 7-Speed DCT
0-60 Time: 4.5 Seconds (est.)
Top Speed: 155 MPH
Drivetrain: All-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight: 3,494 LBS
Seating: 2+3
Cargo: 16.6 CU-FT
MPG: 14 City / 23 HWY (est.)
Base Price: $47,450
As Expected in AMG Trim: $51,000 (est.)
What's your source for the mpg?
 

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I think I am correct in saying that the European fuel consumption tests are nearly identical to the US tests in 1980 and that this explains the discrepancy. The highway figures for the AMG45 are 6.9l/100km and for the CLA250 4.9l/100km. so the AMG45 uses 40% more fuel on the highway.

Translated to MPG, these figures are 34MPG for the AMG45 and 48MPG for the CLA250 using the European test procedures. Remember these tests compare to the US test from about1980. In 1980 a Chevrolet Citation with 2.5l tested at 38MPG highway using the 1980 EPA tests.

Current EPA tests knock about 30% off the 1980 EPA tests or the current European tests. That would mean the CLA45 would get approximately 24MPG EPA highway (34MPG European highway) and the CLA250 would get approximately 34 MPG EPA highway (48MPG European highway).

So all of the fuel consumption figures in the articles are correct it is just that the European tests are about 30% more optimistic than the EPA tests.
 

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I'm thinking not much from an ECU tune alone. The darn thing is already making 26lbs of boost.

-Eric
 

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Still the cheapest AMG... and for us in the PHL area, the AWD makes a big difference, don't you think?
Yep, awd is a must around these parts. I'd love to indulge in a pre-owned C63, but that tail happy beast gets squirrley on dry pavement and is useless in the snow. A nicely equipped 45 looks like it'll be in the $55k range anyway.
 
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