For the first time in the company's history extending back over more than 45 years, Mercedes-Benz's performance brand is now offering a high-performance vehicle in the compact class with the new A 45 AMG.
"The A 45 AMG will enable Mercedes-AMG to appeal to new customers and tap new markets," observes Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “We are adding an extremely attractive model with exceptional performance to our range of unique high-performance automobiles."
The A 45 AMG holds pole position in its displacement segment, the newly developed AMG 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged engine is the most powerful series production four-cylinder turbo engine in the world with a maximum output of 360 hp and up to 450 Nm of torque are unmatched by any other mass-produced turbocharged four-cylinder engine worldwide.
Similarly to all eight- and twelve-cylinder engines, the new AMG 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine is also hand-built according to the traditional AMG philosophy of 'one man, one engine'. In fact, an exclusive assembly line has been set up for the new AMG engine at the Mercedes-Benz engine production plant in Kölleda
The engine is mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT seven-speed dual clutch transmission to deliver the power to the AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive system leading to a zero to 100km/h time of 4.6 seconds, while its electronically limited top speed stands at 249 km/h.
Inside, the new A 45 AMG boasts a mix of hallmark Mercedes-AMG dynamism and exclusivity. The sports seats is wrapped in either an Artico man-made leather or a Dinamica microfiber with red contrasting top-stitching, the multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles and the AMG DRIVE UNIT, the dashboard trim also comes in carbon-fiber look. An AMG instrument cluster presents information by means of a central color display which also feature a the brand's racetimer.
The Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG will be holding its world premiere at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show on March 5th 2013.