Building The Ultimate Benz

  1. Aggressive elegance
  2. Suspension, fitment, stance
  3. Detailed to the core
  4. No compromises, no regrets
1. Aggressive elegance
Let’s be clear about one thing, from the beginning. The CLA is the type of car that has it all. It’s agile, nimble, luxurious, sporty, with a beautiful design and a mindblowing engine, able to fit 4 people and to take on any race track, while still keeping a unique exterior shape and the elegance that has made Benz the company it is today. However, what happens when even all these attributes are not enough?
What AMG have done with the 45 model, in 2015, was amazing. Fitting an M133 2.0-litre four-cylinder twin-scroll turbocharged petrol engine, which is the most powerful 2.0 engine in the world, while adding 4MATIC all-wheel drive and a SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed transmission with paddle shifters, resulted in 381 hp, which are more than enough to leave most of the current production sports-cars behind.
Apparently, from a technical point of view, the CLA 45 AMG is an engineering marvel, and as such, its motor was left untouched, as not a lot of tuners are willing or able to mess around with it. But this is pretty much where the stock chapter ends, and what follows is an absolute masterpiece.
2. Suspension, fitment, stance
The first thing you notice upon gazing at this car is its impeccable stance, clean and fitted to perfection, like all the elements were designed by hand and delicately blended in order to replace the original parts.
No expense has been spared, so for the wheels, the owner went for a set of BBS CH 19", specially made for the CLA, featuring BBS covers, sitting pretty on Michelin PS4S tires, for that sleek, sporty look.
The main reason why the car sits low, but not uncomfortable, is the KW V3 suspension, one of the best aftermarket products money can buy right now. And it shows. No creeks, no squeaks, no rattling, just smooth low riding, and a solid response in the corners. Coilovers and springs were the perfect recipe for the ideal stance. Less to say that adding an airride suspension to such a car would have been a big no-no.
3. Detailed to the core
There was a vision, a direction, upon creating this build, and what better way to complement the fine-tuning elements that do not meet the eye, than fitting audio and visual stuff from the same category?
First off, the custom exhaust, made at Rocket Fabrication, which contains motorbike finals, now that thing is a piece of art. It sounds glorious and it delivers true performance notes, as you would expect in a pure-breed sports-car. Pops and bangs are present even at low rpms, signaling the fact that fun is just around the corner.
It gets even better when we take into consideration the outside body kit of this car, with discreet wrapping for the headlights and taillights, a dark grey ivory wrap, the custom rear wing, Maxton Design side skirts, Maxton Design front bumper lip, all-black wrapped badges and tiny little tweaks for that aggressive aero-look.
Inside, while the plan was to leave the stock interior, one element has been changed, a custom-made steering wheel, which, for the majority of people, would seem like a regular AMG one, but trust us, it is not. It is a hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind wheel, made in a small shop, close to the border with Moldova.
4. No compromises, no regrets
So, why did we love this car so much? The build on this particular Benz is not an outrageous one, it’s not kitschy, it’s not too low, not too flashy, not even too aggressive. It’s a plain and hands-on example of what a good plan and a decent budget can do to a project. Tasteful, sporty and stylish, a joy to eyes of passers-by and a star for our photo lenses.
The serious allure is still there, the sporty sport-oriented spirit has been enhanced, the luxury is still present. This CLA is a blend between everything a car should offer, and by God, it does it wonderfully.
The main take from this car is the fact that it has modified enough, in order to make it special, but not so much as to wipe off the AMG roots that it has. We’ll make sure to revisit this piece again, because we’re willing to bet it will be a showstopper for many years to come.
Photographed by Ana Dumitrescu
Written by Mihai Dumitrescu