Since Eva Shaw first took the dance floors of New York clubs by storm, her career has accelerated at a pace even the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4MATIC Coupe would be proud of. Nowadays you will find the Canadian, who grew up in Toronto, adding further glitz to her CV with sets at festivals such as Ultra in Miami – where she performed in front of a crowd in the tens of thousands – and a weekly residency at Hakkasan in Las Vegas. Any spare time is filled touring venues from East Coast to West.
“The feeling you have after a show is totally satisfying, addictive even,” says Shaw. As well as deejaying, she has also been producing her own work recently – tracks such as “Charizma,” “Get Down” and “Space Jungle.” Plus, she is more than a little photogenic and enjoys being in front of the camera, so she’s in regular demand as a model, too. All of which means Shaw is constantly on the move – on a plane one moment, in the car en route to another DJ booth the next. Frequent travelling has honed her sense for details. Take her first impressions of the facelifted CLA 45 4MATIC, following an after-hours test drive: “The sound it makes is fantastic; it’s really crisp and there’s a lovely bass to it.” It will, in other words, win you over with its vivacity, sporting performance and muscular dynamics – the perfect companion for the perfect night.
They turn night into day and even put the strobes of the hottest clubs in the shade. LED High Performance headlamps, which now come as standard as part of the CLA 45 4MATIC model update, do more than relieve the workload on the driver’s eyes: They also create the impression they are constantly craving new experiences – that they are, as it were, burning the agility of the CLA 45 4MATIC into the night. Aerodynamically, the update has ensured the compact four-door is ready for anything. Its Cd (drag coefficient) has been lowered, while the front end is adorned with a new AMG apron in A-wing design with louvres in the outer air intakes, plus flics and a new front splitter insert. And for those keen to really stir things up on the “dance floor for cars” (i.e., the asphalt), look no further than the AMG Aerodynamics package. This optional extra includes a larger front splitter, additional flics and spoiler lips on either side of the simulated air outlets at the rear.
Moments of passion, automotively speaking, are something everyone defines in his or her own way. The sprint from 0–100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds, the sound uncorked by the engine the very first time you start it up – something that will remain forever in your memory’s sound archive – or just knowing there is a turbocharged AMG 2.0-litre engine under the hood of the CLA 45 4MATIC, which now produces 375 hp. Every experience with this car and every fact about it has a pulse-quickening effect. And coming down from such a high is anything but easy. Dynamic features such as the newly designed diffuser insert with four vertical fins are guaranteed to provoke an emotional response that will stay with you long after you leave the car behind.
For a fast dash through the night, it’s easy to swap the turntables for a DINAMICA Performance steering wheel. The optional wheel stands out with its red centre marker and topstitching, which literally runs like a thread through the interior. The instrument panel and beltlines are now trimmed in ARTICO manmade leather as standard, while the black/red AMG design trim element catches the eye with its polished surface, matte print and AMG logo. The standard AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes and the shorter gear ratios of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT seven-speed sports transmission are also among the exciting new additions that give the CLA 45 4MATIC even more “beats per minute.”