The All-New Mercedes AMG A45 - The Fastest AMG Yet?
The new Mercedes AMG A45 and A45 S has finally been revealed at Goodwood Festival of Speed with 415hp and drift mode.
While there were many new amazing cars on display at this years Goodwood Festival of Speed, the new Mercedes amg A45 was one of the most highly anticipated hot hatches to be unveiled ... and rightly so.
Exterior styling on the A45
The A45 gets a more muscular and more sleek body kit to the A35, as well large exhaust pipes and sporty 19-inch alloy wheels. Styling-wise the A45 follows a similar design to previous AMG’s like the Mercedes AMG GT Supercar, with the traditional ‘Panamericana’ grille, wing, dive planes and skirts all included.
You can also notice larger, more angular air intakes and a set of two bulging ‘power’ creases on the bonnet. The regular A45 will get four piston front brakes (with grey calipers), while the S will get larger six-piston front brakes (with red calipers), plus adaptive dampers and adaptive exhausts.
Inside the A45: Interior styling and technology
Inside is also familiar, with the usual MBUX infotainment setup covering most of the dashboard. However, the most noticeable difference compared to the older A45, is the combination of man-made leather and microfibre cloth, that is topped off with chrome vents and piano black plastic.
Yellow tints features heavily inside the new A45; the seatbelts are yellow, there’s yellow stitching on the steering wheel, there’s yellow on the dashboard trim and there’s even yellow on the seats. Despite this being a nice touch by Mercedes, It is possible for buyers to get their A45 without this yellow infusion. Bucket seats and flat bottomed sports steering wheel comes as standard, but AMG offers buyers multiple optional interior packages too.
The touchscreen multimedia display allows buyers to pick between three AMG display styles: “Classic”, “Sport” and “Supersport” for the instrument cluster. The “Supersport” mode is perhaps the most distinctive mode out of the three, mainly because it puts the round rev counter in the centre of the dashboard.
Buyers can choose between a range of special display via the AMG touchscreen menu. These include;
- Gear display - with yellow “M” symbol in manual mode
- Warm-up menu - engine and transmission oil temperature
- Set-up menu - AMG DYNAMIC SELECT settings
- G-meter - longitudinal and lateral acceleration forces
- Race-timer - stopwatch, lap and sector times
- Engine data - output and torque, engine oil and transmission oil temperature
If you go for the A45S, then you get Mercedes AMG Track Pack as standard. This includes a featured called ‘virtual race engineer’. This is a feature intelligently integrated into the sat-nav that uses a front facing camera to display a live feed of some of the world's most iconic race tracks onto the infotainment display, as fast as possible, while utilising augmented reality technology. This technology can also record your 0-62mph time and quarter-mile times. In addition to technology, voice activation with the words “Hey Mercedes” is also present in the new A45.
While most of the accolades will go towards the A45 for being faster and more powerful than the last model; it’s also said to be more practical, according to Mercedes. There’s a longer wheelbase which means there’s more room for passengers, as well as a larger boot capacity.
There are two versions of the A45 to choose from.The standard A45 delivers 382bhp and 475 Nm of torque and claims a 0-6mph time of 4.1 seconds - 0.1 seconds faster than the outgoing A45. Top speed is limited to 155mph, but buyers have the option of upgrading to AMG Driver’s Package, which means you’ll be able to drive your A45 up to 168mph.
The top-ranging S version of the A45 can turn 415bhp and 500Nm of torque, making it one of the fastest production hot hatches recently revealed. The A45 S is powered by the same 2.0-litre engine as the base A45 and is tuned to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, for a 0-62mph time of just 3.9 seconds - a figure beating the V8 powered AMG GT Coupe.
Mercedes AMG A45 technical data at-a-glance ...
|Mercedes-AMG A45 4MATIC+||Mercedes-AMG A45 S 4MATIC+|
|Engine||2.0-litre 4 in-line with roller bearing twinscroll turbocharger||2.0-litre 4 in-line with roller bearing twinscroll turbocharger|
|Displacement||1991 cc||1991 cc|
|Max. output||285kW (387 hp) at 6500 rpm||310 kW (421 hp) at 6750rpm|
|Peak torque||480 Nm at 4750-5000 rpm||500 Nm at 5000-5250 rpm|
|Drive system||Amg Performance 4MATIC+ fully variable all-wheel drive with AMG TORQUE CONTROL||AMG Performance 4MATIC+ fully variable all-wheel drive with AMG TORQUE CONTROL|
|Transmission||AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 8G dual-clutch tansmission||AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 8G dual-clutch transmission|
|Combined fuel consumption||8.4-8.3 1/100km*||8.4-8.3 1/100 km*|
|Combined CO2 emissions||192-189 g/km*||192-189 g/km*|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||4.0 s||3.9 s|
|Top speed||250km/h||270 km/h ***|
Is drift mode available?
For the first time there’s a new drift mode available. You can access drift mode by navigating through the car’s traction control settings and drive modes and that’s where you’ll find the new drift mode setting, which comes as standard on the A45 S and is actually similar to the system used in performance cars, such as the Ford Focus RS hot hatch. Drift mode is mainly designed to help the car slide easily, and should only ever be used on racetracks. You can engage drift mode through Race mode in the dynamic selector. It uses electro-mechanical torque vectoring on the rear axle to shuffle torque between boththe left and right wheels.
There are six driving modes (Race included): Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Race and Individual. Race is standard A45 S models and optional as part of the AMG Dynamic Plus package in entry level models.
The A45 S will be available to purchase in the UK towards the end of 2019 and will be the only model offered to UK buyers. While UK pricing is still yet to announced, you can expect the A45 S to start at around £50,000. A CLA45 S will also join the range later this year with a similar technical package.
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