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The Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG Racing Series concept has been revealed ahead of its world premiere at next week’s Frankfurt motor show, previewing a possible future GT3 racing car.

Based on the all-paw high-performance road-going four-door coupe, the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG Racing Series concept has been built to demonstrate the brand’s desire to increase its commitment to customer motorsport and entice interested GT3 customer teams to move into a four-cylinder platform.

Hoping to follow in the footsteps of the 6.3-litre V8-powered SLS AMG GT3, which competes in GT3-category races around the world, the racing concept employs an identical turbocharged 2.0-litre engine to that found in the 265kW/450Nm CLA45 AMG road car.

CLA 45 AMG Racing Series

Though the German manufacturer says the GT3-spec car will only be “deployed” internationally if demand is high enough, Mercedes-AMG GmbH CEO Ola Kallenius says the success of the SLS AMG GT3 “makes us highly confident”.

Able to be offered in all- or front-wheel-drive layouts and with varying engine outputs depending on the technical specifications required, the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG Racing Series concept features a raft of single-purpose modifications.

Carbonfibre front and rear bumpers, flared wheels arches and side skirts join a front splitter, rear diffuser and large rear wing also made out of the same lightweight material.

CLA 45 AMG Racing Series

Fully adjustable racing suspension widens the front and rear track and partners with a high-performance AMG braking system and slick racing tyres.

Inside the semi-stripped interior is a full roll cage, HANS system-compatible carbonfibre Recaro racing bucket seat, paddle-equipped racing steering wheel and an integrated fire extinguishing system.

Claiming a 0-100km/h time of 4.6 seconds, the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG road car is due to launch in Australia in October, priced from $86,900, alongside the entry-level CLA200 ($49,900) and ahead of the CLA250 Sport ($63,400) planned to follow in February.

CLA 250 Sport & CLA 45 AMG Racing Series




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