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One hot kerb hopper - Mercedes GLA AMG


MERCEDES-AMG appears set to complete its trio of vehicles based upon the A-Class platform with the GLA45 AMG. The performance wing of the German manufacturer has been on somewhat of a roll lately, with the order books filled with customers hungry to get their hands on the A45 and CLA45 AMG models.

The demand for the performance-based compact SUV should prove to be just as high, as the hottest GLA shares much of its mechanicals with its more road-exclusive siblings.

The figures are familiar: a 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbocharged engine that produces 265kW and 450Nm of torque. This makes it the most powerful series-production four-cylinder engine in the world. The engine features spray-guided direct injection with piezo injectors that have been positioned centrally in the four combustion chambers with an injection pressure of 200 bar. The engine features strong parts such as the all-aluminium crankcase, forged pistons with friction-optimised piston rings, an air-to-water intercooling system as well as a forged steel crankshaft.

This power translates in to a claimed 0-100km/h time of 4.8 seconds and a top speed in excess of 250 km/h. The performance figures are possible thanks to a superfast AMG Speedshift DCT seven-speed gearbox,which features Merc’s Race Start system coupled with the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. The claimed fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures are impressive too, at 7.5 litres/100km and 175g/km respectively.

The GLA45 AMG will also feature the AMG sports exhaust system as seen on the CLA- and A-Class models. The system utilises a flap as well as large exhaust cross sections. The flap will open and close according to load conditions, engine speed and the driver’s performance needs. The gear changes in manual mode with the AMG exhaust equipped provide a distinctive engine sound.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG will celebrate its world premiere on 13 January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The sales release will start in mid-March, with the market launch beginning in July.

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