Welcome to the new Mercedes-AMG A45 S. All 415bhp of it.
The standard A45 now develops 382bhp, but for the first time, there’s an ‘S’ model, complete with bigger tailpipes, a Focus RS-style Drift Mode for the four-wheel drive system, and a power boost. With 415bhp, it’s good for 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds and the top speed’s limited – to 174mph. What a hatchback. What a thing.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the highlight of these cars is the newly developed turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The 2.0-liter unit codenamed “M139” produces 382 horsepower (285 kilowatts) and 480 Newton-meters (354 pound-feet) of torque in the standard model and an impressive 416 hp (310 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) in the S. Regardless of the one you go for, the engine is hooked up to an eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission and a 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system.