Watch as the little pocket rocket decimates Hockenheim.
The Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S may have one of the most long-winded names in the auto industry, but one thing it makes quick work of is the track. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-banger is one of the most powerful production engines in its class, with 415 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, all of which is controlled by an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic and all-wheel-drive. This makes it capable of launching from 0-60 mph in just four seconds, but what about corners? Can it do the twisty stuff as well as the straight-line stuff? Well, the video below gives a pretty definitive answer to that question.
SportAuto's Uwe Sener got behind the wheel of the explosive sedan and put it through its paces on the Hockenheim GP circuit, to surprising effect. The little car lapped the track in just 1:59.50, which makes it two tenths of a second quicker than the mighty and much more powerful Audi RS5 Sportback. It's also an additional tenth quicker than the Ford Mustang Bullit and the Porsche 718 Cayman. The Chevrolet Camaro SS and Porsche Panamera GTS are also no match for the pocket rocket, thus proving that a good balance between power and weight is still the way to go when chasing laptimes.
It's also a testament to the CLA 45's 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system, which works overtime to keep the sedan pointing in the right direction. As you can see from the cockpit view of the entire lap, the CLA 45 seems to be right at home on the track and seems to redistribute power where necessary in just the right ratios, ensuring that those Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires are tested to the limit. Despite such a hot lap, the experience doesn't seem hairy or too tricky, which goes to show that this car is more than just a straight-line racer. Still, at nearly 80 grand for a fully-specced one, it's not cheap.