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    • The Mercedes A-Class sedan will feature the lowest drag coefficient of any production car

      Do not confuse lowest drag coefficient with best aerodynamics. There is a reason Mercedes is striving for a low Cd (coefficient of drag) and that is because the A-Class sedan is positioned as an entry level economy car in the Mercedes lineup.


      The easier it cuts through the air, the better the mileage. A car like a Lamborghini Huracan Performante has a variable aerodynamic system that can result in a .38 coefficient.

      The Mercedes A-Class by comparison has a coefficient of .22 putting it ahead of any other production car. How is the A-Class so much more slippery than a Huracan?

      Downforce. At speed the Huracan will need to create drag to push its body to the ground. It more than makes up for the A-Class drag coefficient advantage with power and its ability to stick to the ground in high speed turns.

      Also, keep in mind you have to multiply drag coefficient by the surface area of the car to get the full picture. An SUV with a .30 drag coefficient is not necessarily more aerodynamic than a Corvette Z06 at .34.

      Still, props to Mercedes on pushing the boundaries with the new A-Class sedan.

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