More power! Mercedes-AMG tweaks CLA and GLA engines

More power, more go-faster tech for AMG’s smallest models.

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The AMG versions of the Mercedes-Benz CLA compact coupe and GLA crossover have been given a power boost thanks to an overhaul of their 2-litre turbocharged engines.

MercedesAMG says the move is intended to keep the cars ahead of the competition, and sees the units boosted to 375bhp, a rise of 20bhp. Torque is up too, from 332lb ft to 350lb ft. The engine changes are the same as those already seen in the MercedesAMG A45 hatchback.

The seven-speed dual clutch gearbox has also had an overhaul with new shorter gear ratios and a new set of Dynamic Select modes – Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual – lifted from the AMG GT. Customers can now also specify the cars with AMG Ride Control sports suspension, which adds a Race option, and an AMG Dynamic Plus package which includes Ride Control and a new mechanical front axle locking differential to improve traction at the limit.

The changes mean that the MercedesAMG CLA 45 now hits 100kph in just 4.2 seconds, down from 4.6, while the GLA’s 0-100kph time is down to 4.4. Those are some pretty damn speedy times for such little cars.

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