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Win the new Mercedes A45S AMG in the BOTB Dream Car Competition.
When the original Mercedes A45 came out it shook the hot hatch world to the core – a crazy 377bhp, AWD, dual-clutch hatchback that had more cross-country pace than most supercars yet could be driven daily and used as a family runabout. Then Audi hit the 400bhp mark with their RS3 and Mercedes went back to the drawing board.
For the new model A-Class there has been a delay in the top-ranking car returning, having our appetites teased with the excellent 306bhp A35 (which you could also win in the BOTB competition).
But now we have the new fire breathing model - the A45S. Featuring a totally new 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine it produces a frankly staggering 415bhp – in a fully warranted road car! – and 500Nm of torque. That means it can hit 62mph in just 3.9 seconds on the way to a 168mph top speed.
Opt for the AMG Drivers Package and you also get a Drift Mode just like in the E63S, where you can have all the power to the rear wheels only for sideways fun. Visually the A35 has softened the blow slightly, but the A45S gets bigger wheels, bigger brakes, wider arches and quad tailpipes at the rear, plus a bigger rear spoiler. Oh, and the now-standard huge Panamericana grille on the front that marks this out as a top-level AMG model.
The A45S AMG really is seriously quick, as YouTuber Archie Hamilton - who nominated this car for the ITH section this week – proved, when he easily beat BOTB’s Christian driving an RS3 to the line in a recent drag race - and there's 20% off the ticket price too!