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Mercedes-Benz Shows Off CLA 45 AMG in a Handsome Racing Suit

Jeff Perez

Mercedes-Benz has made sure to market its CLA as the sporty, fun, new sedan we’ve all been longing for. And with a base price of just under $30K, it makes it the most affordable vehicle in the Mercedes lineup as well.

Now, with the Frankfurt Motor Show only a few days away, the automaker has made its CLA a bit more sporty with the introduction of the CLA 45 AMG Racing Series Concept. A preview of a “customer sports racing car from Mercedes-AMG.”

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Shedding a healthy amount of weight, and tacking on loads of carbon fiber, the Racing Series concept comes with a turbocharged version of the standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, paired to a SPEEDSHIFT DCT7 shiftable automatic transmission.

Exterior features include a menacing racing guise ranging from a massive rear wing, to a revised front end, to a new set of racing wheels and tires; and anything in-between. The racing look is topped off with a custom red, silver and black livery, including the “45″ moniker plastered on the side panel.

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The concept will make its first world appearance next week at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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