Lifestyle | MOTORING MercedesBenz A 45 AMG

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Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG Special Series

Kevin Norbury

There’s one you can say about the little Mercedes-Benz A 45 and that is it’s a lot of fun to drive. it goes, as they say in the suburbs in delicate terms, like off a shovel. And it handles like it offering an exciting, sporty experience.

The A 45’s four-cylinder engine packs quite a boosted by a twin-scroll turbocharger Mercedes says, provides a spontaneous build-up of charge It develops 265 kilowatts, with a peak of 450 Newton metres at revs, giving rise to it’s the most powerful in series production.

It’s fast, topping out at 270km/h limited – and probably just as It can cover the zero to 100km/h in 4.6 seconds, although some reportedly have recorded 4.1

With that sort of under the bonnet, it’s too not use it. And when you do, this little red lets out an exciting, throaty from its twin AMG performance system. You tend to put your down just to hear it.

Mercedes’ official fuel are recorded as a frugal 6.9 litres per 100 if you want to have some fun in exotic little car, you can to see the fuel nudging 14L/100km. But the price you pay to play. To get 6.9L/100km, have to put a little old man in slippers at the

The A 45 is a sporty four-door. It was unveiled at the Motor Show last labelled as the smallest Mercedes by the company’s performance arm. It is the first AMG car with a four-cylinder and, like all the AMGs, the is assembled by hand.

It’s to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Paddles behind the wheel let you drive the car as a manual, if your thing. Flick the paddle to kick the seven-speeder a notch and the back end will that wonderful growl.

the foot from standstill in though, and while the car will off like a wildcat in pursuit of its it tends to jerk a tad, you with the impression that it has too many gears to choose But get it moving and it launches like the rocket. The paddles, however, do extremely quick shifts.

There’s also plenty of gear, such as seven and vented, cross-drilled and grooved brakes front and rear. You have to look at the big red brake inside those 19-inch AMG alloys to know the car can stop on a It also has an AMG aerodynamics package, ABS and traction and stability control and AMG suspension, including what’s Curve Dynamic Assist, gives the car its precise cornering

The cockpit comes with and red-piped black leather, chrome air vents and body-hugging AMG seats. Even the AMG badges in the strips under the doors up at night.

The A 45 AMG has most of the features of its bigger such as satnav and a reversing panoramic electric sunroof and electric front seats three-stage memory and xenon

In normal driving it uses for optimum efficiency, but put the foot and the variable AMG 4Matic all-wheel-drive kicks in and splits torque between front and rear

It was inevitable that Mercedes eventually join the hot-hatch I can remember all the excitement after the 20 years ago of the Subaru Impreza the original “pocket rocket”. memory they were sold out. I also someone in Melbourne flying to and paying about $60,000 to get his hands on one. The price at the was $40,000-$45,000.

These two cars from different playing but, just for comparison, at $75,000 the A 45 AMG sounds expensive, compared with $60,000 for a WRX 20 years ago, you’d to say the A 45 AMG is cheap. And you get a lot more bang for bucks.

» Test car supplied by 3 Point Test drive it at 3 Point 128 Denmark Street, Kew. 6669

Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG Special Series


What is it? all-wheel-drive.

What’s in it? A 265-kilowatt, turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine a seven-speed sports auto.

4.6 sec.

Is it thirsty? 6.9 litres per (driven sedately).

Mercedes-Benz  A 45 AMG $74,900 plus onroad costs

Up   Beautifully fitted out, interior colours, bundles of handling, intoxicating throaty

Thumbs Down Jerky at full throttle in auto. No on the bonnet.

* These are manufacturer’s prices.

Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG Special Series
Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG Special Series
Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG Special Series

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