Best get used to this, folks. This year marks 55 years since the creation of AMG, and nobody is going to forget about it in a hurry, because here are another two ‘Edition 55’ models from Affalterbach. The new A45 and CLA45 follow the A35, the G63, the CLA35 and whatever else we’ve forgotten about in the series. Even Mercedes’ press release can’t help but acknowledge the fact: “yet more special models in the compact class” is the opening line.
This pair follow the template laid out by the previous Edition 55s, with the focus on cosmetic enhancement more than mechanical upgrades. Still, nobody who’s spent anytime behind the wheel of either frenetic ’45 flagship will want for more performance. The changes here include a couple of new paint shades - Cosmos Black or Digital White - an AMG decal set and the smart 19-inch cross-spoke wheels.
Also bundle into the Edition 55 pack are the AMG Aero Package as well as both AMG Night Packages, because what’s a small AMG without those. The former adds the larger front splitter with flics, the rear wing and diffuser, with the Night Packages ensuring that any external surface that isn’t already Cosmos Black is painted high gloss black. So that’s exhaust pipes, badges, window surrounds, mirror housings - everything. The only thing not black is the silver chrome AMG fuel filler cap, and that’s behind the flap anyway.
Mercifully there’s some respite inside, with the AMG Performance seats upholstered in red and black leather as well as some ‘Edition 55’ accents embroidered in red. Dark brushed aluminium trim is also standard, as is an Alcantara wheel.
Not sold just yet? Get this: every Edition 55 A45 and CLA45 will get an AMG indoor car cover. Naturally, it’s pretty swish: “With its breathable outer panelling made of tear-resistant synthetic fibre fabric and antistatic inner fabric made of flannel, it protects the vehicle in the garage from dust and scratches”, says the press release. Nice.
Available as an equipment package on the S models of both cars, the price in Germany is 12,614 euros for the A45 or 14,280 euros for the CLA45. We’re awaiting confirmation of UK availability, although by that point another Edition 55 will probably have been launched…
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