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2014 Mercedes CLA 45 AMG: First exclusive look

Take an exclusive look at the very first non-photoshopped screenshot taken from the CLA 45 AMG as featured in an early version of Driveclub for the new PlayStation 4 (PS4).

Mercedes-Benz is about to unveil the all-new 2014 CLA 45 AMG to the world in Geneva next month. But just ahead of the official reveal, the German automaker gives us a glimpse on the newest AMG. The all-new Mercedes-Benz 2014 CLA is a new model from the German automaker and it will make its launch next spring. In keeping with its sporty positioning, the compact mid-range four-door coupe is available in the top model CLA 45 AMG. This week Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) presented in New York the latest version of their Driveclub for the new PlayStation 4 (PS4) with an image pictured here of the new 2014 CLA 45 AMG.

Audiovisual quality of the cars and the tracks is true-to-life

The new high-powered top model will give Mercedes a fascinating high-performance vehicle in the compact class and broadens the portfolio of Mercedes-Benz's high-performance AMG brand. The car looks absolutely stunning and enticing. The new game from Sony will feature several exceptional sports cars from Mercedes-Benz including the new CLA 45 AMG and the new A 45 AMG. Mercedes says the audiovisual quality of the cars and the tracks is “staggering, and the view from the cockpit is absolutely true to life.”

World’s most powerful four-cylinder production engine

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG will be presented at the Geneva auto show and will for the first time be offering a high-performance vehicle in the compact class segment. It will feature the most powerful four-cylinder production engine on the planet. It will pump out an output of 360 horsepower and a maximum torque of 450 newton metres, the turbocharged AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine is the world's most powerful four-cylinder power unit in series production.

A new lightweight 4MATIC is featured

The A 45 AMG and the CLA 45 AMG are equipped as standard with the fully variable, performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. The CLA 45 AMG with 4MATIC will have a power take-off to the rear axle. Power is transferred to all four wheels via the AMG Speedshift DCT seven-speed automatic sports transmission. The new unit will be integrated with an electrohydraulically controlled multi-disc clutch that will allow fully variable distribution of the drive torque between front and rear axle. A big benefit of the new design lowers the weight of the 4MATIC making it more fuel-efficient.

The CLA 45 AMG will also feature an AMG sports suspension with independently developed front and rear axles. The high-performance suspension will high-speed cornering and agile handling. It will also feature an electromechanical AMG speed-sensitive sports steering, AMG high-performance braking system and 3-stage ESP with "SPORT Handling" mode. The 3-stage stability program is also applied to adapt the control strategies of the variable 4MATIC system.

Both the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Cla 45 AMG and A 45 AMG high-performance vehicles will be celebrating their real-world premiere in Geneva next month. Driveclub and the new Playstation 4 console will be launching this holiday season.