2016 Mercedes CLA45, GLA45 AMG Boosted to 375 HP

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The 2016 Mercedes CLA45 and GLA45 AMG models are now more powerful.

Mercedes-AMG has increased the engine specs for the 2016 CLA45 and GLA45 AMG models, bumping power output up to 375 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.

When the CLA45 AMG was first introduced on the market, the German automaker bragged about how it featured the world’s most powerful four-cylinder engine with the 2.0-liter mill producing 355 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. Since then, Volkswagen has been targeting the record with its Golf R400 while the new Ford Focus RS nears sits close to the record with 345 hp, forcing VW to boost its output to retain its record.

In addition to more power under the hood, the company has revamped the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with updated gear ratios for better acceleration performance.

SEE ALSO: 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG Review

The result? Well, the CLA45 AMG now goes 0-60 in 4.1 seconds, 0.3 seconds faster than the 2015 CLA45. The 2016 Mercedes GLA45 AMG is rated at a 4.3-second time, half-a-second faster than the 4.8 for the 2015 model year.

Both models will also see the AMG Driver’s package discontinued for the new model year and the AMG Performance Studio package will only be available on the CLA45, getting axed from the GLA45. There’s also a new AMG Dynamic Plus package that offers a limited-slip differential, adaptive suspension, a performance steering wheel and a 167-mph top speed.

North American pricing for the 2016 Mercedes CLA45 AMG and GLA45 AMG is expected to be announced in October.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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