Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG Racing Series Concept Bows

2013 Frankfurt Auto Show


  • Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG Racing Series Concept

    Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG Racing Series Concept

    Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG Racing Series Concept. | September 11, 2013

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2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG Racing Series concept car, which hints at a future customer sports racing car from Mercedes-AMG, made its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
  • Features include a new front and rear apron, side sill panels and treadless racing tires.
  • Technical specifications will vary according to the race rules and race series, said Mercedes-Benz.

FRANKFURT, Germany — The Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG Racing Series concept car, which hints at a future customer sports racing car from Mercedes-AMG, made its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.

Technical specifications will vary according to the race rules and race series, said Mercedes-Benz.

"The near-series CLA45 AMG Racing Series high-performance coupe is intended for the avidly followed race series with turbocharged 2.0-liter cars," said the automaker. "The standard version of the CLA45 AMG has the perfect genes for a competitive customer sports racing car."

Production plans and pricing, if and when the concept becomes reality, were not announced.

The concept is equipped with a turbocharged 360-horsepower AMG 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine linked to an AMG Speedshift DCT seven-speed sports transmission.

"Given sufficient demand, the near-series CLA45 AMG Racing Series could enter various international race series," Mercedes-Benz said. "The engine output and power transmission are variable, with permanent all-wheel drive or purely front-wheel drive possible as in the standard version."

Features on the concept include a new front and rear apron, side sill panels and treadless racing tires. The cabin gets a rollover cage, a Recaro racing bucket seat and an integrated fire extinguisher system.

Edmunds says: Mercedes-AMG stops short of giving the production green light on the CLA45 AMG Racing Series, but that is clearly the intent with this concept.

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