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Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG vs BMW M135i: Chris Harris On Cars Video 22
Jul
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in A45 AMG, Automotive, BMW, BMW M135i, Chris Harris, Mercedes Benz, On Cars, video on 07 22nd, 2013
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The new hot hatchbacks to come out of Germany have boggled our minds here in the USA and we are still not sure if we will ever see them on our shores in the form that Chris Harris gets to drive them in the latest On Cars video below. Naturally, as history will show you, BMWs have been a bit more fun in the twisties but the Benz AMG cars have produce monstrous amounts of shear straight-line power. Hit up Chris Harris’ latest On Cars review video below comparing the new BMW M135i hatch against the new Benz AMG A45 hatch.



Mercedes-Benz Reveals A45 AMG Before Geneva Debut 12
Feb
Posted by Darryl in A45 AMG, AMG, auto show, Automotive, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes-Benz A Class, News on 02 12th, 2013

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With the Geneva Motor Show kicking off next month, there is plenty of time to leak official photos of newly released vehicles. With that in mind, the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG was leaked earlier and now Benz has released the official photos of the hot hatchback.

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For now, there is no official press information on the A45 AMG so that leaves us with our ingenious speculations of the Benz hot-hatch featuring a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine delivering around 360 horsepower and 332 ft-lbs. of torque. Power should be directed to all four wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission with a special Race Start feature. 0-60 mph time should be around 4.6 seconds as guestamated by some sources with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

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The production-ready Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG should be available around April of this year. Pricing should be somewhat competitive but in retrospect, this is exactly what enthusiasts want to see… another AMG model to join the Benz line… right?

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Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG Coming To Geneva 2
Nov
Posted by Kurt Ernst in A45 AMG, AMG, Automotive, Kurt, Mercedes Benz, News on 11 2nd, 2012

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If you’re looking for what may be the ultimate hot hatch, your wait ends at next March’s Geneva Auto Show. According to Autocar (via Left Lane News), that’s where Mercedes-Benz will debut it’s latest tuned creation, the A45 AMG hatchback. Under the hood lurks a heavily-modified M274 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, expected to send 349 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox to all four wheels.

If you’re keeping score at home, that’s 33 more horsepower than BMW’s rear-drive M135i gets, and nine more horsepower than Audi’s larger and heavier RS3. It’s also good enough to get the baby AMG from 0-62 mph in 5.1 seconds, on its way to an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph. If you have an aversion to seeing the taillights of tuned VW GTIs, you can check the box next to the “Performance Package” option, which comes with a top speed of 168 mph.

As you’d expect, the AMG rides on a lowered suspension with stiffer springs and dampers. We suspect it uses larger brakes than the standard A Class, and it rides on 18-inch wheels shod with Dunlop Sport Maxx tires. The A45 AMG will wear an aggressive body kit, similar to what Mercedes-Benz has released in the AMG Sport styling package, already available for A Class models.

Since the A Class is U.S.-bound, we suppose there’s a chance that the A45 AMG will make it here as well. Since Audi didn’t sell the last RS3 here and BMW won’t give us the M135i hatch, Mercedes-Benz would be wise in offering the car on these shores. Maybe we could finally put to bed the rumor that Americans won’t buy hatchbacks.







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