Mercedes-Benz has presented the new 2014 CLA 45 AMG at the 2013 New York Auto Show.

The philosophy behind this four-door mid-series coupe matches that of the successful CLS 63 AMG, the trendsetter among four-door high-performance coupes.

As expected, it is powered by the same engine as A45 AMG. A turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder petrol with 360HP (265 kW) and 450Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque. 0-100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

The engine is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7 transmission sending power to a front-biased 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.

Another special feature designed to enhance dynamic performance and driving enjoyment is the so-called "Momentary M mode". In C and S mode, this enables the driver to activate manual mode ("M") without having to remove a hand from the steering wheel, by pressing the "up" or "down" shift paddle once. In Momentary M mode the driver experiences the dynamism and performance of gear-shifting in manual mode in all the automatic driving programmes, with automatic up-shifting on meeting the rpm limit into the bargain. This allows the driver to devote his full attention to the vehicle's impressive performance.

Other highlights include AMG independent sports suspension, 3-stage ESP with Curve Dynamic Assist, a set of 18" AMG alloy wheels fitted with performance tires.

Here comes the interesting part. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG is priced from 56,078 for European market and just $47,450 (around 37,000). Nobody knows, why the same car has almost 20,000 difference in price…

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Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG
Displacement 1991 cc
Bore x stroke 83.0 x 92.0 mm
Compression ratio 8.6 : 1
Output 265 kW (360 hp) at 6000 rpm
Max. torque 450 Nm at 2250-5000 rpm
Engine weight (dry) 148 kg
Maximum engine speed 6700 rpm
Power density 133 kW (181 hp)
Peak pressure up to 140 bar
Maximum charge pressure 1.8 bar
Fuel consumption NEDC combined 6.9 – 7.1 l/100 km
CO2 emissions 161 - 165 g/km
Efficiency class C - D
Emissions standard EU6
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 4.6 s
Top speed 250 km/h*

*Electronically limited

Source: Mercedes-Benz