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Mercedes-Benz A45: AMG’s entry to the hatchback market

Mercedes-Benz A45: AMG’s entry to the hatchback market

Feb 25, 2013


 

AMG enters the hatchback market with a bang, as it introduces the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG. With 355bhp under the hood, it is the most powerful production hatch ever built, making the BMW MI35i and Audi RS3 a run for their money. It uses a turbocharged 1991cc four-cylinder engine, a first time for the automaker. The engine is able to develop 45.9kgm from 2750rpm to 5000rpm.

Keeping with AMG’s “one man, one engine” philosophy, the all-aluminum engine of the A45 is hand-built by a single AMG engineer. The engine, featuring a sand-cast block and a large twin-scroll turbo, will also be used in the upcoming CLA45. The four-wheel drive hatch is able to reach 100kph in 4.76secs with a top speed of 250kph.

Transmission of the A45 consists of three modes: Controlled Efficiency, Sport and Manual. It is paired with the ESP stability system that can be turned on or off. A new braking system is also used, with the steering re-tuned and suspension components heavily upgraded to have lower, tauter springs, dampers and firmer bushings. The engine of the A45 uses the same cooling system as the SLS supercar.

The car’s exterior is accentuated by its deep front splitter, AMG-specific radiator grille, gloss black air intakes and sill skirts, 18-inch alloy wheels fitted with 235/40 tires. The interior, on the other hand, features thin-shell AMG seats up front, “eyeball” air vents with red bezels and red seatbelts. Performance-wise, one could opt to upgrade to a new exhaust system, lower and stiffer springs and dampers, rear wing, and a larger front splitter to improve downforce.

To be introduced at the Geneva Motor Show next month, the A45 AMG is aimed at buyers in their 30s and 40s. It is expected to retail at around $48,000.

Source: topgear.com, hindustantimes.com