Say AMG and one would image big sedans or coupes shredding their tires pulling big drifts. While those models are nice, they're pretty expensive motors. So what if you want the AMG experience for not as much money? Luckily, Mercedes-AMG has just shown their answer.
Dubbed the CLA 35 AMG, it is the 'baby' of the in-house tuning division. But while it's the least powerful car to come out of the current AMG stable, it still packs quite some punch. The 4.6 meter long sedan makes 302 PS from its turbocharged 2.0-liter mill, along with 400 Nm of torque. The lone transmission on offer is a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. It then sends all that power to all four wheels via a re-tuned 4Matic system. As a result, the CLA 35 can do the 0 to 100 km/h sprint under five seconds. It is electronically limited to 250 km/h.
Striking yellow paint aside, the exterior upgrades are on subtle side for an AMG model. At a glance, the tuned CLA looks a lot like AMG line variants with lesser engines. But a closer look reveals a pair of bars on the corner air intakes, as well as honeycomb trim on the grill. There's also a discreet AMG badge on the grill's slat. That being said, there's a more prominent AMG badge on the trunklid, which owners can choose to delete if specified. Last but not least are a set of unique 18-inch alloy wheels with an upgrade to 19-inches available (as fitted on the press car).
Inside, there are deeper bucket seats with thicker bolsters, along with a D-shaped steering wheel with a perforated surface. Two-tone color options are available for the baby AMG, while ambient lighting is standard. Also standard is the is the fully digital multi-information instrument cluster, as well as the MBUX system with COMAND.
The four-door coupe not your thing? The 35-series AMG will soon be available in hatchback and sedan guises in the coming years.