High performance station wagons are perhaps some of the stealthiest cars out there. The idea of packing a lot of punch under the hood of a wagon sure has its appeal, and automakers have been making these potent load luggers for the longest time already. Just look at the Germans.
So it's no surprise then that the folks from Mercedes-AMG has rolled out a new power wagon. With the release of the AMG-tuned CLA 35 four-door coupe, there's now the CLA35 Shooting Brake. In essence, it's a far sportier version of the CLA 35, but designed for those who need a lot of cargo space a sedan or hatchback just can't offer.
Numbers, you ask? It has the same engine as its sedan and hatchback counterpart. Under the hood is a boosted 2.0-liter engine, which is used in a lot of Mercedes-Benz models. However, tweaks by AMG bump up the power to 302 PS and an impressive torque figure of 400 Nm. It's a 4Matic too, meaning power is sent to all four wheels. It then shifts via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, likely with a more sporty orientation.
With all the power and extra traction from the all-wheel drive system, the CLA 35 Shooting Brake lays down some impressive performance figures. It can accelerate to 100 km/h from a standstill in just 4.9 seconds, and it can keep on pushing to its electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h. Despite the extra weight, the Shooting Brake actually has the same stats as the four-door coupe. Aside from a more powerful engine, there are enhancements made to its chassis, mainly to the brakes, suspension, and software.
Even with its performance credentials, the CLA 35 Shooting Brake's looks is stealthy, shocking yellow paint aside. While it gets the AMG Line exterior kit which is available in other variants, it looks like any CLA with the said design line. The only cues are two chrome strips on the faux corner air intakes, and subtle AMG badges on the front and back. There's even an option to de-badge the car to complete the 'sleeper' look.
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.