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Mercedes CLA & GLA 45 AMG to receive A45 AMG’s upgrades

Snapshot: The CLA and GLA models in AMG specification will soon get the A45 AMG’s tweaks.

Unveiled a few days ago, the facelifted A-Class range brought some important tweaks for the flagship A45 AMG which according to Mercedes-AMG chief Tobias Moers will soon be implemented in the CLA 45 AMG and the GLA 45 AMG. He didn’t mention the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake but chances are this one too will get the same array of technical enhancements.

These three models are going to receive a bump in power for the four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine which will generate 381 bhp and 475 Nm whereas in current configuration the engine churns 360 bhp and 450 Nm. Rather than waiting for the models to get their mid-cycle refresh, Mercedes-AMG will not only increase their output, but also modify the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that will have shortened third and seven gears while the engineers will also lowered the shift times and optimized response.

In addition, both the CLA 45 AMG and the GLA 45 AMG will also gain a mechanical front axle differential. Don’t expect the A45 AMG’s styling updates to be carried over onto the other cars as Tobias Moers says the models will benefit from the cosmetic revisions when the facelifts will be out.

We remind you the upgrades implemented in the A45 AMG facelift lowered the 0-100 kmph sprint time by 0.4 seconds to just 4.2 seconds. The model is scheduled to go on sale in September and could later on be joined by an A45 AMG S packing a mighty 400 bhp punch, although we will have to wait for an official confirmation from Mercedes-Benz regarding this possible even hotter derivative.

It will be interesting to see whether Audi will launch a more powerful version of the RS3 Sportback which up until recently held the hatchback power crown with 367 bhp coming from the 5-cylinder, 2.5-liter turbo. They previously said an RS3 Plus is not in the works, but now that the A45 AMG has 381 bhp, the bosses at Ingolstadt could change their minds.

Source: Autocar

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