Mercedes-AMG CLA45 S Edition 1 Promises Exclusivity at a High Price

Only 25 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 S Edition 1 examples will be made. That’s fewer cars than even boutique high-end automakers like Koenigsegg and Bugatti produce in a few years. Given the exclusivity, Mercedes wants a lot of money for such a limited run of cars. $82,435 including destination, to be exact. In fairness, Mercedes includes a ton of otherwise optional extras as standard. This includes the AMG Aerodynamics Package, which adds a front splitter and rear spoiler, as well as a larger diffuser (which here features red accenting). Anything once shiny is made black by the included AMG Night Package, and all Edition 1 models will come finished in AMG Manufaktur Mountain Grey Paint.

Inside, the accenting changes to orange, and is applied to the included AMG Performance Seat Package. You’ll find more orange accents and stitching throughout Edition 1 interiors, including on the door cards and dash. It’s worth noting the changes are purely aesthetic, despite the healthy price hike from the car’s roughly $70,000 price point. In fact, we built a nearly identical car on Mercedes’ configurator with the same options and optional Manufaktur paint, and the total came to $74,300. Moreover, power is still derived from the same 2.0-liter turbo four, producing 416 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. The only items we didn't fit into our build were the contrast stitching and Mountain Grey paint (as well as the graphics, if you count those).

That all stated, with only 25 examples to move, we are sure all will easily find homes.

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Chase Bierenkoven
Chase Bierenkoven

Chase is an automotive journalist with years of experience in the industry. He writes for outlets like Edmunds and AutoGuide, among many others. When not writing, Chase is in front of the camera over at The Overrun, his YouTube channel run alongside his friend and co-host Jobe Teehan. If he's not writing reviews of the latest in cars or producing industry coverage, Chase is at home in the driver's seat of his own (usually German) sports cars.

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