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CLA 45 AMG v. CT4 V Blackwing

How do you like the C8 as a replacement for the 4BW -- Is it a step up in driver engagement?

The C8 Stingray is a great car but is more of a step down in driving engagement compared to a Blackwing with a M6. I drove one on track and it handles great as a mid-engine sport car should but is much too refined and numb compared to previous Corvettes. The C8 Z06 fixes this with a more exciting engine and exhaust note but still needs a manual to be "engaging".
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I traded a GLA545 for the 4bw. Not much different from the CLA, and I agree with much of the OP's list. I was constantly reminded that the G/C are Mercedes entry level cars, and don't convey the quality of the next steps up. It was a fun little hotrod, especially with some minor tweaking, but not up to the BW in most respects. The BW is clearly several steps up, even with limited options.

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