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.