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Mercedes GLA45 AMG at the Ring

The latest baby AMG crossover has been caught testing at the Nurburgring.

AMG’s thirdhigh-performance small car has been spied undergoing testing at theNurburgring. While the high-performance version of Mercedes’ upcoming baby SUV isn’t dueout for another year or so, the GLA is rumored to be making an appearance inconcept form at next week’s Shanghai Auto Show before its formal reveal at the2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Powering theGLA45 AMG is the Affalterbach tuner’s 2.0-liter turbo four that first debutedin the A45 AMG and later in the CLA45 AMG.

Utilizing direct injection, a twin-scroll turbocharger and the cooling system from the SLS AMG, the engine produces 360 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque to emerge as the most powerful production four-cylinder engine in the business. It shifts the A45 and CLA45 from 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds, and while the taller GLA may slow that number slightly, it should be on a similar pace - and that's quite a rapid pace indeed.

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