According to Greek Mythology, we’re currently smack dab in the middle of the Iron Age. This is the last of the five ages of man. It’s called the Iron Age because the previous ages were more glorious and their names reflect that by way of far more precious metals. This is supposed to be a period of decline for mankind. I think the ancient Greeks are wrong, and we’ve come full circle… into a new Golden Age.
Amazing feats of engineering and design are currently being produced at a glorious pace. Private space travel is closer than ever, a hyperloop could possibly whisk us from Los Angeles to San Francisco in the time it takes to watch a sitcom, and our phones can transmit images of our food to friends on the other side of the planet in the blink of an eye.
It’s also a Golden Age for car enthusiasts. The horsepower wars have been in full swing for a few years now. You can get V8-equipped sports cars belching out sonorous exhaust notes due to the work of over 600 horsepowers cranking from under hood. The six-cylinder machines of the world are well above the 300-horsepower mark, and a handful of four-cylinder machines are producing enough to make most folks smile widely. Now, however, the game is changing again with the arrival of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG.
Lady and gentlemen, say hello to this shapely machine and you’re saying hello to the most powerful production four-cylinder engine ever produced. Say hello to the Golden Age.
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