Mercedes-Benz-A-45-AMG-Edition-1-e1361043047693-640x374             Mercedes-Benz has lifted the veil off of the A 45 AMG at the Geneva Motor Show.  Designed to take on the  Audi s3 , the A 45 is the smallest Mercedes ever tuned by AMG.

The A 45 wears an aggressive look thanks to muscular bumpers front and back, a discreet spoiler mounted above the rear window and a slightly lowered ride height. “TURBO AMG” badges affixed to both front fenders add a finishing touch to the car's appearance and boldly inform other motorists that they are not looking at a run-of-the-mill CDI-powered A-Class.

Carbon fiber trim on the dash, red seatbelts and bucket seats upholstered in black leather with red stitching create a performance-inspired environment inside the car.  The hot hatch comes standard with a mult-function three-spoke steering wheel and an AMG-specific instrument cluster that incorporates a timer.

Under the hood lies a turbocharged 2.0-liter mill that churns 360 horsepower and 331 lb-ft. of torque, statistics that make it the most powerful mass-produced four-cylinder engine in the world.  Hand-built, the engine transmits power to all four wheels via a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission and a brand new version  of Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel drive system.

The A 45 sprints from zero to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds and its top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.“The A 45 AMG will enable Mercedes' AMG division to appeal to new customers and tap new markets,” said Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.


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