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Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG Special Series


Paul Pottinger tests and reviews the new Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG specs, fuel economy and

Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG 4.5

The best AMG from hallowed performance house is the and the cheapest by as much as $75,000. car is nothing less than an event.

In almost literally the paradigm of what an AMG has been, and its tuning partner conspire to not only the greatest hot hatch, but future proof this against the coming day when the V8 autobahn stormer is, if not actually so socially abhorrent as to make no

That this partly but mainly bum dragging, five is the fastest car under $100,000 is to extent only to be expected. AMG was going to halve its cylinder and swap its drive wheels in to bring the world a superannuated GTI . This is a game changer, a buster, an accomplishment to make any performance car buyer reconsider perception and prejudice they’ve held dear.

With the next rung up C63 AMG at around $150K, the A45 not only AMG to punters who would never have considered this while sober, it makes a case for being the best car on sale.

Alright, $74,900 is a few over BMW’s comparable auto . but the latter is not a full-fledged M car and the A45 that the A-Class was in no little conceived with an eventual AMG at top of mind, as marketing types Indeed, it is the whole 10 metres, a fully blown AMG.

“entry” sum buys the whole Only nice paint, sun and a few fancy fiddly bits are You get COMAND satnav, hugely 19s on cool alloys, enough kit to satisfy all but the irredeemably kitsch, exhaust and seven-speed twin auto with an aggressive mode and neck-snapping launch

Factor in the capability of smoking anything this side of a 911 S, but with suburban compatible and load capacity, and you have a that asks questions of from WRX STI to HSV. To the latter, it says: “This is 2013.” soon at some $10K is the decidedly more stylish but under the skin CLA 45 AMG.

I overjoyed to discover this of 4Matic all-wheel-drive is not only but channels only 50 per cent of the torque to rear. Visions of the insincere devices typically to compact SUVs are rapidly You’ll need to dial off the program (and find a before the Pirellis are tested. The most powerful four packs more kilowatts the six pot turbo135i and equals its torque.

If the basic A-Class makes those dismissive of hatches twice, they won’t be to take their eyes off She’s pretty sick, especially from the rear quarters where the rising is set off by haunches like an East shotputter, full of ‘roids and to rush. It’s a great rich and dark with accents that allude to its I’d prefer the gear on the floor rather than the but that arguments been

Stop me if you’re hearing a lot lately, but five star rating aside, the A45 is all about safety. It is mightily competent under levels of duress you chart in civilian surrounds.

“You don’t have to for this,” scoffs the bloke in the seat, for the A45 does indeed, as he “Benz the law of physics”. That be lame if the littlest AMG didn’t so take corners as dismiss

If there’s not the engagement that have in a truly sorted device (such as, yes, the I’ll swap that for the of carrying so much pace low speed bends with surety and safety. Indeed, on roads I get nowhere near the of this spectacular hatch’s grip.

Power down, in launch mode, is stunning. Not so as a twitch through the front or the communicative steering; power takes some infinitesimal, fraction of a second and 100km/h is in a claimed 4.6 seconds, though the bloke says 4.4’s realised in unofficial testing. apt to believe it.

Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG Special Series

A track is of the essence if one is to climb some sixth-tents of this quick and capable device. We suggest all AMG owners take the of professional lessons. Even in the of a middling driver like me, the AMG by half is going to be the quickest by way on interesting roads. Its compact ensures that.

If it out-dances its V8 stablemates, the A45 can’t sing them. Still, the assault crackle of the exhaust in sport enlivens any domestic drive. flays hopes of realising the fuel figure, even as it as decently as any focused five could be expected.

A caveat is the clutch auto. In drive it up the ratios, in sport it holds on overruling manual down The latter matters only a with so much grunt so obtainable and its aptitude for intuiting intentions.

Addictive and delightful. A landmark.


Price: from $74,900

2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo;

Transmission: 7-speed auto,

Thirst: 6.9L/100km

Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG Special Series


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