New Mercedes-AMG A45: 415bhp hyper hatch has arrived

Published: 04 July 2019

► New AMG A45 hatch is here
► Turbo four makes up to 415bhp
► Can outpace an AMG GT to 62mph!

Finally: Merc’s new hyper hatch has arrived. The brawny new Mercedes-AMG A45 has been revealed at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed in regular and S versions.

As you’d expect, the new AMG A45 has an absolute firecracker of an engine. ‘We already set the benchmark in the segment with the preceding engine,’ said AMG chief Tobias Moers. 'This fundamentally new four-cylinder presented us with the challenge of doing even better. Not only is the output per litre unrivalled for a turbocharged engine, the high level of efficiency also demonstrates that the internal combustion engine still has further potential.’

How much power are we talking?

Peak power is 415bhp (and 369lb ft) in the harder S version, making it the most powerful production four-cylinder on sale. The ‘regular’ A45 still has 382bhp and 354lb ft, so even that is still punchier than the outgoing A45. Make no mistake: this is one of the fastest production hot hatches ever.

AMG A45 side pan

With the S spec, that rather highly-strung engine sends power to all four wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic, for a 0-62mph sprint time of just 3.9 seconds. The regular A45 is just 0.1sec behind it. We live in an age where an A-Class can out-sprint a V8-powered AMG GT coupe, as a standard one has an official sprint time of four seconds...

Will it drift?

It absolutely will, claims AMG. The rear differential within the tuned 4Matic all-wheel drive system has two multi-disc clutches that allow for individual power applications to each of the rear wheels. A bit like in the AMG E63 S, you engage Drift Mode via Race mode in the dynamic selector.

In fact, Race is one of six drive modes: Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Race and Individual. Within that, the stability program has Basic, Advanced, Pro and Master modes for increasing levels of slackness from the ESP.

AMG drift mode: does it work?

Any other performance bits to notice?

Plenty. Four piston front brakes (with grey calipers) on the regular A45, larger six-piston front brakes (with red calipers) on the S, adaptive dampers and adaptive exhaust.

AMG A45 interior

Like the A35, the MBUX infotainment system has some bespoke AMG displays and the Track Pace data logger app for improving your tekkers on a track.

When and how much will it cost?

We’ll see the A45 and its CLA45 coupe counterpart go on sale towards the end of 2019. Expect a lofty price tag; we estimate it'll easily nudge £40,000 before you put any options on it.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches

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