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Mercedes A45S AMG

Mercedes A45S AMG

REVIEW

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. 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.

Stats

Engine / Cylsi4 Turbo Power415bhp
Displacement2.0ltr Torque500 Nm
Engine PositionFront Top Speed168mph
DrivetrainAWD CO2189 g/km
MPG34.0 mpg Retail Price£50,000
0-62mph3.9secs Cash Alternative£40,000

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