• The perfect companion for the perfect night.


    Eva Shaw is a DJ and record producer, so it’s not surprising that the sound created by the new Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4MATIC is what impresses her most. But the refreshed four-door coupe has many other persuasive tricks up its sleeve besides.

The perfect companion for the perfect night.

Since Eva Shaw first took the dance floors of New York clubs by storm, her career has accelerated at a pace even the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4MATIC Coupe would be proud of. Nowadays you will find the Canadian, who grew up in Toronto, adding further glitz to her CV with sets at festivals such as Ultra in Miami – where she performed in front of a crowd in the tens of thousands – and a weekly residency at Hakkasan in Las Vegas. Any spare time is filled touring venues from east coast to west.

“The feeling you have after a show is totally satisfying, addictive even,” says Shaw. As well as DJing, she has also been producing her own work recently – tracks such as “Charizma”, “Get down” and “Space Jungle”. Plus, she is more than a little photogenic and enjoys being in front of the camera, so is in regular demand as a model, too. All of which means Shaw is constantly on the move – on a plane one moment, in the car en route to another DJ booth the next. Frequent traveling has honed her sense for details. Take her first impressions of the facelifted CLA 45 4MATIC, following an after-hours test drive: “The sound it makes is fantastic; it’s really crisp and there’s a lovely bass to it.” It will, in other words, win you over with its vivacity, sporting performance, and muscular dynamics – the perfect companion for the perfect night.

The perfect companion for the perfect night.

Moments of passion.

They turn night into day and even put the strobes of the hottest clubs in the shade. LED High Performance headlamps, which now come as standard as part of the CLA 45 4MATIC model update, do more than relieve the workload on the driver’s eyes; they also create the impression they are constantly craving new experiences – that they are as it were burning the agility of the CLA 45 4MATIC into the night. Aerodynamically, the update has ensured the compact four-door is ready for anything. Its Cd has been lowered, while the front end is adorned by a new AMG apron in A-wing design with louvers in the outer air intakes, plus flics and a new front splitter insert. And for those keen to really stir things up on the “dance floor for cars” (i.e. the asphalt), look no further than the AMG Aerodynamics package. This optional extra includes a larger front splitter, additional flics, and spoiler lips on either side of the simulated air outlets at the rear.

Moments of passion, automotively speaking, are something every car fan defines in his or her own way. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.2 seconds, the sound uncorked by the engine the very first time you start it up – something that will remain forever in your memory’s sound archive – or just knowing there is a turbocharged AMG 2.0-liter engine under the hood of the CLA 45 4MATIC which now produces 280 kW/381 PS: every experience with this car and every fact about it has a pulse-quickening effect.

Coming down from such a high is anything but easy: dynamic features such as the newly designed diffuser insert with four vertical fins are guaranteed to provoke an emotional response that will stay with you long after you leave the car behind.

For turnbtable, read performance steering wheel. For a fast dash through the night it’s easy to swap the turntables for a Dinamica Performance steering. The optional wheel stands out with its red center marker and topstitching, which literally runs like a thread through the interior. The instrument panel and beltlines are now trimmed in Artico man-made leather as standard, while the black/red AMG design trim element catches the eye with its polished surface, matte print, and AMG logo.

The standard AMG Dynamic Select transmission modes and the shorter gear ratios of the AMG Speedshift DCT seven-speed sports transmission are also among the exciting new additions introduced a few months ago to give the CLA 45 4Matic even more “beats per minute”.