Mercedes-Benz South Africa recently hosted the #AMGtourSA at the iconic KyalamiGrand Prix Circuit in Midrand, and part of the reason was to introduce a few new models, like the SL43 AMG we mentioned yesterday. The updated A-class cars were also revealed; the A35 4MATIC and the A45 S 4MATIC+, and we were also given the chance to sample these cars on the main circuit as well as the skidpan. It must be my experience in the aftermarket scene, but as good as the saloon variants are, it’s the hatchbacks that get me all flustered. As with any performance fan, the A 45S would be my choice over the A35, but that doesn’t mean the 35 isn’t a cracker of a car, because it is. It just means that as good as it is, the 45 S is the halo car. The A 35 is the entry to the AMG hatchback leagues, but it’s still a turbocharged 4-pot with 225 kW and 400 Nm of torque sent to all four corners of the car and will set you back over a million rand. It’s a fast car, it can do a sub-5 second 0-100 and is limited to 250 km/h. Quite honestly, if I never had the opportunity to drive one back to back with the updated 45 S, it would have taken up a spot in the top 3 hatchbacks I’ve personally driven. Instead, it moves to 4th position, and the A 45 S shifts to the top spot. I was lucky enough to have driven all the interactions of this car to date, mostly on track at silly speeds too, and so being able to hammer one around Kyalami allowed me to see and feel how the updates have affected the performance over the years. As you’d expect from an AMG-badged hatchback, every change to the car has improved handling, straight-line speed and available power. In this case, the tweaks to the turbocharged 2.0-litre powerplant have resulted in an almost unbelievable power output of 310 kW with 500 Nm making it the most powerful series-production 4-cylinder in the world. I mentioned the power figures to someone and how amazing it is in a hatchback, and I was reminded that the Audi RS3 has a matching 500 Nm, and a power output that’s quite close at 294 kW. It’s true, they’re close, but that Audi does have an extra cylinder in the mix, further emphasising just how powerful the A45 S is.
Take a look at the YouTube video that shows off just how fast the world's power powerful series-production turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder is when it's wrapped up in the stupidly fast updated Mercedes-AMG A 45 S 4MATIC+. We were lucky enough to sample the car at Kyalami during the #AMGtourSA event, and it handles bends and curves like it's possessed, now click through to see it stretch its legs on the famed German autobahn: 2023 Mercedes-Benz A45s AMG Facelift on Autobahn! | Moscarblog
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