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Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG Special Series

Mini-Merc with heavyweight

Author: Les Stephenson

Here’s material for the golf club: guess what? I just the world’s most powerful compact production car.”

“Oh Tell us about it.”

It’s Mercedes’ A 45 AMG and it’s a present from AMG to itself for the 50th anniversary of the company – due in a year in which, Mercedes it will produce even AMG models and, we guess, of marketing fireworks. It’s “the AMG performance strategy”.


Some will be compacts to expand the brand’s into a market in which, now, it has not been a predator. All produce less than of CO2… “but not,” the said, “at the expense of driving — they will have maximum performance” and a market much younger the 30 to 40-year-olds who find the bigger financially and socially attractive.

At least eight models reach South Africa, with the 4-Matic all-wheel system with which the new A 45 AMG is as standard, to which let’s


The who hand-assemble the car’s awesome (actually, I was told, one – being the female engineer there – be described as a witch) have back to their roots were “honest performance They are not assembled at the AMG plant in but at an exclusive assembly line at the engine production plant in in the district of Sömmerda, in Thuringia, where all BlueDIRECT four-cylinder are built for the A and B-Class models.

The two-litre (Heaven forbid in the of AMG’s eight and 12-cylinder produces 265kW/450Nm and, it goes like hell as I out during the South African on August 28 at the Kyalami circuit in past host to 21 F1 GP races.

Perhaps one day…

And if you have any about the longevity of exhaust-blown engines, the A 45 AMG comes with a or 100 000km (extendable at a cost to years/160 000km) non-customer maintenance plan even they produce more than Bugatti’s devastating – 132 versus 92kW.

Mercedes describes it as “the best engine in the world that outstrips even those in the powerful of sports cars”.

capable of 0-100km/h in 4.6sec and has a (limited) top speed of 250km/h. consumption (no stifled laughter please) of 6.9 litres/100km. By comparison M135i, also a five-door makes 235kW/450Nm from its engine and sprints to 100km/h in seconds and VW’s iconic GTI 2.0 TSI makes 162kW/350Nm, tops out at and takes 6.5sec to 100km/h.


Mercedes-Benz SA launched the cars – some trepidation, I’d guess at Kyalami but went a strategic further than every automaker that’s introduced a there: a mock rally complete with skidpan, off-road and some really steel gates.

Just the real thing and successfully off the car’s agility, road-holding and traction. We also drove the on the real roads of Gauteng are they appalling compared to of the Western Cape!) for 160 or so rather and mostly freeway kilometres.

Two will be available in SA: standard to a typically superb Mercedes and the more sportily-dressed and limited A 45 AMG 1 which comes with multispoked alloys, a rather roof-mounted spoiler, red highlights and aero bits on the bodywork, red callipers, “man-made leather” with red stitching on the AMG seats and a package”.

Unfortunately, all 45 allocated to our tip of Africa been pre-ordered and paid for – out for those smart enough to signed up naughtily passing on to the “used” market.

Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG Special Series


You can, of course, the parts to do your own LTD Edition 1 the “base” model which, to the recent fall in the value of the will cost R599 500 of the R550 000 on the initial price – though those already and signed for before September 1 still be delivered at the original of R550 000.

Buyers the option of a free high-performance course.

Like every AMG automobile, the A 45 AMG has an AMG sports suspension: at the front and four-link at the rear. The tuned spring/damper units and stabilisers provide for high acceleration and reduced body through fast multiple

The five-spoked, 18” (19” optional) AMG light-alloy rims carry radials.

Selvin Govender, MB divisional manager for cars, was at the launch and pointed out the car’s DSG gearbox, three drive through a multi-plate electro-hydraulic (comfort, sport and manual – the using steering wheel-mounted launch control, a thoroughly and anti-social auto flap on the exhausts which “blaps” a rifle shot on gearchanges and a traffic congestion information on the satnav that scans and every five minutes.


The AWD delivers 100% of the torque to the front wheels normal driving, switching various proportions to 50:50 but always with the most going to the front wheels.

chairman Ola Kallenius said in February 2013: The A45 AMG will to new customers and tap new markets. We are adding an model with exceptional to our range of unique high-performance

Vehicle development head Moers added at that “With its impressive high-tech and the performance-orientated AMG 4Matic all-wheel it’s a thoroughbred AMG.

For information on the Mercedes A-Class go to Mercedes-Benz SA .

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

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