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2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 is a compact rocket

382 horsepower makes for one serious performer.

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The first-generation Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class felt a bit compromised.

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It aimed to introduce younger (and less moneyed) buyers to the storied automaker, but its plastic-fantastic appointments and cramped interior didn't really feel indicative of traditional M-B quality.

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Now, in its second generation, the CLA-Class finally feels like a true Mercedes-Benz.

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And its top-performing variant, the AMG CLA45, takes the mild insanity of the previous one and turns the knob so far to the right that it breaks clean off.

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The CLA45 utilizes the most powerful four-cylinder engine ever made for a production vehicle: the M139.

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This two-liter screamer puts out 382 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque in the standard CLA45, with an even more disturbing 416 hp and 369 lb-ft in CLA45 S guise. 

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Both variants are estimated to accelerate to 60 mph in about 4 seconds, which is good, because we'll only get the lower-output version in the US.

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If this car is perhaps a bit too bonkers for your preferences, the CLA35 will provide 302 hp worth of motive force, which is just a bit more approachable.

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If the car's rakish roof doesn't meet your aesthetic preferences, there will also be an A35 sedan. 

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