Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG – premium hot hatches just got hotter

Following the unveiling of Audi’s new S3, Mercedes-Benz have hot back with an AMG version of their new A Class – the A45 AMG. The front-engined AMG will be powered by a 360 bhp 2.0 litre turbocharged four cylinder engine generating a hefty 450 Nm of torque. Put another way, it equates to 180bhp per litre! It would seem the boffins in AMG aren’t just good with the bigger engines.

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Channelling all that power onto the tarmac is a performance-orientated AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. This will enable the A 45 AMG to do away with the zero to 100 km/h dash in just 4.6 seconds before propelling itself onwards to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. Despite all of this performance AMG claim that the A 45 AMG is capable of returning fuel consumption figures of just 6.9 litres per 100 kilometres. Although with emissions of 165 g/km will place it in tax band D (€570).

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The A 45 AMG’s gearbox is a 7-speed affair with a dual clutch transmission. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT is mounted directly to the transversely installed engine. Three driving modes will also be available on the baby AMG including a double-declutching function and RACE START to allow for optimum acceleration. Another special feature designed to enhance dynamic performance and driving enjoyment is so-called “Momentary M mode”. In C and S mode, this enables the driver to activate manual mode (“M”) without having to remove a hand from the steering wheel, by pressing the “up” or “down” shift paddle once.

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On the electrical side of things is a 3-stage ESP & ESP Curve Dynamic® system to help keep things in check. The ESP can be changed into a ‘Sport Handling’ mode which sends more power to the rear axle. The ESP can also be switched off entirely.

“The A 45 AMG will enable Mercedes-AMG to appeal to new customers and tap new markets,” observes Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. We are adding an extremely attractive model with exceptional performance data to our range of unique high-performance automobiles.”

“With the new A 45 AMG we have well and truly achieved our aim of developing the most dynamic, powerful and efficient four-cylinder series production car,” comments Tobias Moers, Head of Overall Vehicle Development and Board Member of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.With its impressive high-tech package and the performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive, the A 45 AMG is a thoroughbred AMG through and through.”
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