Cadillac plans CLA45 AMG rival image

The North American based automaker Cadillac is planning to develop a direct rival for the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG.

After pulling the wraps off the ATS-V and CTS-V, Cadillac is now taking aim at the compact performance four-door coupe produced by Mercedes-Benz, the CLA45 AMG. According to a recent report, Cadillac is planning such a model which will also take aim at the Audi S3. This will be part of the company’s plans to grow the “V” series but it remains unknown at the moment when will such a model be introduced or what it will be packing under its hood. However, expect a body design similar to the one of the ATS but with a sloping roofline.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG is the high-performance version of the CLA-Class. The model is using the same engine as the one found in the A45 AMG, the 2.0 liter four-cylinder twin-scroll turbocharged petrol burner, connected to the 7-speed SPEEDSHIFT DCT automatic transmission, which is sending power to the 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The unit is capable of producing a total output of 355 HP (265 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque, at 2,250 rpm – 5,000 rpm. The performance four-door coupe has the AMG Sports suspension with independently developed front and rear axles, electromechanical AMG speed-sensitive sports steering, a 3-stage ESP with SPORT Handling mode, AMG high-performance braking system and the AMG body kit. The model has been officially presented to the public during the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and it went on sale the same year.