Mercedes-AMG tries to redefine 'hot hatch' with the introduction of the A 45 AMG and A 45 AMG Edition 1 at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Based on the recently debuted A-Class, the AMG version has received generous amounts of engineering inputs from like its high-performance stablemates from Affalterbach.
"With the new A 45 AMG we have well and truly achieved our aim of developing the most dynamic, powerful and efficient four-cylinder series production car," comments Tobias Moers, Head of Overall Vehicle Development and Board Member of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
The Edition 1 exterior receives additional appointments like a more aggressive look with the addition of the AMG aerodynamics package which features canards and diffusers for the front and rear bumper. AMG sport stripes in matte grey and red highlights further accentuate dynamism on the exclusive cirrus white paint job. The brake calipers on the large AMG brakes are also painted red.
The interior receives generous application of carbon fiber, ARTICO leather, DINAMICA microfiber, red contrast stitching with Edition 1 badges giving distinction over standard the AMG variant.
Under the hood is a hand-built 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder engine capable of 360 PS at 6,000 rpm and 450 Nm from 2,250 to 5,000 rpm, revving until 6,700 rpm. This is mated to an AMG Speedshift DCT-7 which features three driving modes, double-declutching and a Race Start function. The transmission also comes with a ‘Momentary M Mode’ through the paddle shifters.
The A 45 AMG will come with AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive as standard. The performance-oriented system is assisted by a power take-off unit (PTU) integrated into the transmission, it automatically transfers torque between front and rear wheels up to a ratio of 50:50 percent.
Handling improvements are done via AMG-tuned sports suspension which not only upgrades the dampers and springs, but also the steering knuckles, suspension arms and stabilizer bars. To put the power on the ground, 235/35 R19 tires wrap over 19x8-inch lightweight alloy wheels, replacing the standard 18-inchers on the standard A 45 AMG.