2023 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 Edition 55 continues the AMG celebration

2023 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 Edition 55 continues the AMG celebration

Mercedes-Benz is celebrating AMG’s 55th birthday with a number of special models, most recently with an anniversary version of the CLA 45 Sedan. The Edition 55 model, limited to 55 examples for the American market, stands out from the standard CLA 45 with a specific design inside and out and a longer list of standard equipment.

AMG’s history isn’t as straight forward as it might seem: it was founded in 1967 and remained independent (although with a small handful of exceptions it focused heavily on Mercedes-Benz models) until joining DaimlerChrysler in 2005. Fast-forward to 2022 and the company now called Mercedes-AMG operates as a full-fledged sub-brand that’s designed a few cars from the ground up. The CLA 45 Edition 55 celebrates this heritage with a Cosmos Black Metallic paint finish, AMG decals on the underside of the doors and 19-inch cross-spoke wheels.

Every Edition 55 model comes standard with the aerodynamics package, which includes a body kit with a front splitter and rear spoiler. AMG also added the Night Package and Night Package II, which include a range of black exterior trim and emblems.

Inside, passengers are treated to black and red leather upholstery, while the driver faces a microfiber-padded steering wheel with a “55” emblem. The logo also appears on the floor mats and the door sills are illuminated. However, this is where the modifications end.

While a 55 hp hump would have been an appropriate way to celebrate 55 years of AMG, the Edition 55 is mechanically untouched. Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 382 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. It turns the four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission mated to a pair of paddle shifters. AMG claims a zero to 60 mph time of a flat four seconds.

Mercedes-AMG will begin shipping the 55 units of the CLA 45 Edition 55 to the United States later in 2023. There’s no word yet on how they’ll be allocated and pricing information hasn’t been announced yet, although we do know that each will come with an indoor car cover. For comparison, the regular-production 2022 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 has a base price of $56,950, including a $1,050 destination fee.

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