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Tested: Is the CLA45 AMG Worth the $48K Sting?

The most powerful 4-cylinder on the road gets tested on track.

As the lowest-priced sedan wearing Benz’s AMG tags, the 2014 CLA45 is the first, and often only way for many buyers to enter the land of super-performing Mercedes-Benzes. With 335 hp, 332 lb-ft of torque and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that "pulls like a hammer," the baby AMG certainly has the numbers to back up its tags. But at $48,000 for an entry-level car, do those numbers come together to equal a phenomenal sports sedan?

Drive Network’s Mike Musto takes the CLA45 AMG out on the track to see if it’s worth the cash, or if AMG has lost its way.

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