10 Things I Learned During the Perfect Day at the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy

10 Things I Learned During the Perfect Day at the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy

7. Mercedes is an evolving brand

All brands change over time. If they don’t, they get left behind.

Testing a full lineup of Mercedes models really shows just how much of an evolution the German luxury automaker has undergone. Nowhere is that more evident than when I snapped the above photo of a CLA45 AMG lined up next to an SLS AMG GT in the pits.

Just a few years ago Mercedes was making headlines with its SLS AMG, an ultra-expensive rear-drive naturally aspirated V8 super-coupe. But now all the talk is about the CLA45 AMG, the most affordable AMG ever. It costs a quarter of the price of the SLS, is a four door and sports a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The two couldn’t be more different.

This year marks the first year the CLA and CLA45 will be available to drive in the course. It’s also, most likely, the last year for the SLS.

Bob Dylan was right. The times they are a changin’.

  • Jeff T

    Great track. Hope you made it over to their sweet carting track. Can’t believe you get paid to do this, Jealous! I can only afford to hit mosport twice a year.

  • ColumWood

    It’s a good job for sure. It’s nice to not have to pay. It’s even nicer to not have to pay for tires and brakes at the end of the day. And no, I’ve still never been to the carting track… or the new DDT.

  • Finch

    Damn that looks like fun. Do they really let you drive an SLS?

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