A bargain German sex symbol

Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

Breaks hearts and lap times

If you know anything about Mercedes-Benz, you know that they deliver amped-up AMG versions of their cars (and even did so for the now-deceased fat R-Class), so it comes as no surprise that the newly released CLA Class has received similar treatment in the form of the CLA45 AMG. The entry-level sedan’s more potent brother will be powered by the grunty M133 AMG engine, a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbo four with 355 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, good for a 0-60 sprint in well under five seconds and a top speed of 155. Chutzpah, indeed.

The CLA45 AMG will also be dressed to kill with AMG badging, bigger wheels and brakes, blackened trim pieces and a more sporty AMG decor in the cabin. The car will be unveiled to the public at the New York Auto Show next week, and though pricing hasn’t been revealed yet, expect it to cost well north of the base car’s $30K price tag, upwards of $50K. For 147 more horses than the CLA250’s 208 — at $136 per horse — it sounds totally worth it.