Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG becomes the most powerful hot hatch in the world and will be officially launched at 2013 Geneva Motor Show (5th March), taking advantage of the optical change in the compact segment. The new A45 AMG manages to get 360 hp just from a 2.0-liter engine.
Mercedes-Benz has published today the official photos and information about the latest version of the new A-Class. And what a version! The new Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG becomes starting today the most powerful hot hatch in the world and submits a series of absolutely fantastic figures that will be admired and instantly loved by any car addict. With this car, Mercedes aims at an audience age between 30 and 45 years old, much younger than the usual AMG owners.
Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG Wallpaper [photo gallery]
Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG – Engine & Design & Price
360 horsepower (at 6,000 rpm) and 332 pound-feet of torque / 450 Nm (between 2,250 and 5,000 rpm) developed by a four-cylinder turbocharged engine codenamed M270 Evo. Having a displacement of only 2.0 liters (1991 cc), which makes the power/liter ration to be absolutely fantastic and aligned in the lit of supercars: 181 hp/liter. The aim of AMG, according to the company’s head of the development – Tobias Moers, is to have the same performance as the 2.5-liter TFSI engine from the current Audi RS3.
These are the basics of the new Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG the most powerful A-Class ever, managing to beat the 1 Series M version (340 hp) and the new Audi S3 Sportback (300 hp). Thus, at least until the launch of the new 1 M or until the presentation of the RS3, the new A45 AMG sits comfortably as a landmark for the compact segment.
To be able to rein in the cavalry under the hood, Mercedes and AMG have equipped the new A-Class version’s 4MATIC all-wheel drive with a cooling package identical to that installed on SLS. Moreover, Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG has an exhaust system specifically developed by AMG for this model, modified pistons and cylinder, AMG sports suspension, a high-performance braking system and a complex ESP package benefiting from the latest technological addition, such as the Curve Dynamic Assist, which is designed to grip the car on the road when lateral forces threatening the ride.
The same 2.0 liter (1991 cc) petrol engine will be also installed on the CLA 45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG Shooting Break which will appear in 2013. This engine isn’t the first that is built in the AMG factory in Affalterbach, but also at the Mercedes-Benz MDC factory in Kölleda, where they made all the four-cylinder engines of the A- and B-Class. However, they created a new production line where each AMG engine will be built, thus keeping the AMG philosophy: “one man, one engine” (so each engine will bear the signature of the engineer who built it).
The powertrain, the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission AMG Speedshift DCT (with a Race Start function that sends power to all four wheels without exceeding the 50:50 ratio) and all auxiliary packages manage to push the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.6 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). With the “Performance package” the model will have a top speed of 279 km/h (173 mph).
However, Mercedes promise a low fuel consumption, of just 6.9 liters/100 km (34 mpg US; 41 mpg imperial) in NEDC combined mode, and enviable emissions figure. The engine is compatible with the Euro 6 – European emission standards, which will enter into effect only in 2015.
At the aesthetic level, the new Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG comes with enough subtle improvements that are not striking, but rather emphasized to highlight the special version of the compact car.
The standard 18-inch wheels (Dunlop Sport Maxx) can be replaced by some optionally 19-inch ones, the red calipers hide the perforated ventilated brake discs and the front and rear spoiler complements together with new thresholds the aggressive image of the new German model.
Naturally, the possibilities for customizing the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG model continues both outside and inside the cabin, the occupants being welcomed with Artico leather seats stitched in a contrasting color, with a dashboard covered with carbon fiber and a number of new technical changes compared to the classical A-Class versions. The most interesting technical trick is the appearance of a timing system called Racetimer which is accessed directly on the dashboard gauges display.
Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG price isn’t disclosed yet, but the press speculations goes for at least €40,000. The release date will be April 8th 2013, with sales beginning in Germany in June 2013.
“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 data to our range of unique high-performance automobiles.”
“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. With its impressive high-tech package and the performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive, the A 45 AMG is a thoroughbred AMG through and through.”
|Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG|
|Bore x stroke||83.0 x 92.0 mm|
|Compression ratio||8.6 : 1|
|Output||265 kW (360 hp) at 6000 rpm|
|Max. torque||450 Nm at 2250 – 5000 rpm|
|Engine weight (dry)||148 kg|
|Maximum engine speed||6700 rpm|
|Power density||133 kW (181 hp)|
|Peak pressure||up to 140 bar|
|Maximum charge pressure||1.8 bar|
|Fuel consumption NEDC combined||6.9 – 7.1 l/100 km|
|CO2 emissions||161-165 g/km|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||4.6 s|
|Top speed||250 km/h*|
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