Joe Lopez, the AMG specialist at Mercedes-Benz Brooklands, visited Germany’s Hockenheimring recently to enjoy a range of exciting new and upcoming Mercedes AMG models.
Over the course of two days at joint home of the German Grand Prix, Lopez got the latest on the award-winning AMG line-up.
“It was a fantastic couple of days, getting a great insight into how the cars handle, both on the road and on the racetrack, pushing them to the limit,” he said.
“I got to drive some great cars, and do comparisons with other competitive brands, which really drives home the point that when you’re driving an AMG, you’re really driving something special, in terms of performance, handling and noise.
“We were able to do things you don’t get the chance to do on a day-to-day basis, and got a special glimpse of the new AMG C-Class being released next year, which was amazing.”
Among the vehicles, Lopez spent time behind the wheel of the sensational new A 45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG.
“It’s really a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” Lopez said of the A 45 AMG, which is now available to test at Mercedes-Benz Retail dealers.
“On the dynamic handling circuit, the car felt like it was on rails. It’s very sure footed and gives you a lot of confidence, without a trace of understeer or oversteer. The spread of torque was really impressive, feeling it shift to the rear as you go through the corners.
“The performance exhaust, which is available as an option, was awesome. It makes it a different animal!”
Following the recent arrival of the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, the CLA 45 AMG is due to grace local showrooms in the coming months.
“Obviously it has a lot in common with the A 45 AMG, but with a different bodyline,” Lopez surmised.
“The stability and handling were amazing, it handles very well, and as a package it does everything seamlessly. The dual clutch transmission is effortless and it’s impressive that you can get that much raw power, 360hp, for under £45,000.
“Like the A 45 AMG, it reinforces the statement of ‘Driving Performance’.”
For more information about the new A 45 AMG or upcoming CLA 45 AMG, contact your local Mercedes-Benz dealer.