« Back Double Up: Merc A45S AMG + VW California Ocean

Cash alternative for this prize is £149,000


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 not one, but two A45 models to feast on – the std A45 and this fire breathing example – 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.

There simply won’t be another car that can cover ground as fast as this, any road, any weather and we're proud to be able to give this car away in the comp!

NOTE: Images show optional Aero Package not included in this prize – this now comes only as a £6000 option pack.


Some may scoff but there are a huge number of people who love camping and motor homes in particular, and what’s cooler than a Volkswagen camper?

Based on the Transporter, the VW California Ocean adds in an electro-hydraulic lifting roof to allow sleeping for four, while there’s a two-burner hob, fridge, sink and pop-up table to accommodate your camping needs. So what you end up with is a versatile camper that can be used daily, with four spacious seats, but then turns into a fully kitted out camper when you want.

There’s also a pull-out awning at the side so when you’re parked up you can have some shade from the sun – it really does do everything.

This is the highest spec California you can get too, with a 196bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine with 4MOTION all-wheel drive and a 7-speed DSG gearbox.

So load up, head into the wild and enjoy some nature! 

This car comes with £50,000 cash included in the price of your ticket.

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