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CLA45 AMG Set for NYC Debut

Mercedes confirms AMG-tuned CLA for New York Auto by announcing competition to see car's unveiling.

While Mercedes' first compact AMG will debut next month, with the A45 AMG set for a reveal at the Geneva Motor Show, it will be the 2013 New York Auto Show that gets the honor of showcasing the German automaker's CLA45 AMG. To build some hype Mercedes will fly contest winners to the Big Apple, give them $500 to spend, put them up in a hotel and invite them to the car's unveiling at the show. The hot four-door coupe will be powered by the same 350-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot as the A45 AMG, and is tipped to be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel-drive.

Spy shots have confirmed it won't look overly different from the recently revealed CLA250, notwithstanding an aggressive front fascia, dual exhaust, trunk-mounted spoiler and five-spoke alloys, but as this is one of the few Affalterbach-molested models from Mercedes' new compact range to make it stateside, this is a car you should get excited about.

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