The brand new Mercedes-AMG A45 S continues the legacy of its predecessors in elevating the bar for decent hatches; we’ve reached some extent the place a five-door hatchback gives extra energy than a Ferrari 360 Modena and it’s in all probability faster too round a monitor.
Beneath the bonnet there’s a brand new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, kicking out a monstrous 415 HP (421 PS) and 368 lb-ft (499 Nm) of torque within the prime 45 S trim. The unit is bolted to an additionally new eight-speed dual-clutch automated transmission and AMG’s trick 4Motion+ all-wheel-drive system.
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All this makes the Mercedes-AMG A45 S able to a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds earlier than topping out at 167 mph (270 km/h).
The all-wheel-drive system additionally options the AMG Torque Management System, which makes use of a pair of multidisc clutches contained in the rear differential to individually management the quantity of torque that goes to both of the rear wheels, making doable the applying of the ‘Drift’ mode.
The ‘Drift’ mode within the Mercedes-AMG A45 S might not minimize off the entrance driveshafts as its greater siblings do but it surely does power the rear axle to actively take part beneath quick driving and permit the motive force to carry out the occasional four-wheel-drift. That new focus within the dealing with character is what makes the A45 S so spectacular and pleasant, as Carfection tells us of their evaluation.
The new AMG A45 S isn’t just a pocket-sized rocket down the straights, it’s additionally a really gifted and fun-to-drive machine on the corners, in contrast to its predecessors which felt extra nose-heavy and one-dimensional.
Nevertheless, the most important difficulty of this very likable and insanely quick scorching hatch is the price tag; the bottom model of the Mercedes-AMG A45 S prices greater than £50,000 within the UK, and that places it in opposition to some very critical competitors: on one hand, you will have the much less sensible BMW M2 Competitors and the Alpine A110, and on the opposite, you will have the extra sensible Porsche Macan. It’s a troublesome market spot for the A45 S proper now and it’ll stay so, not less than till the arrival of the all-new Audi RS3.