Mercedes AMG line has become an integral part of the firms DNA over the past few decades. Seen as the ultimate in performance for the three pointed star, this division has produced many cars of late that have given the legendary BMW M cars something to worry about. Merc’s all-new A-Class is a seductive little hatchback offering great attention to detail. The German firms new baby has just got back from spending some time with the AMG boys and the result is something very special indeed.
This is the A45 AMG, a £36,000 A-Class that is as fast as the latest Porsche 911. That means a 0-62MPH time of just 4.5 seconds! Powered by a turbocharged 2.0 litre four cylinder engine, this little menace packs 355BHP. That makes it the most powerful engine of its type in the world, yet, it will still get over 40MPG. All of that performance is channeled to all four wheels completing one of the least conspicuous performance packages that has ever touched tarmac.