Mercedes-Benz India holds over 50% market share in the performance cars segment. While the preference of Indians has been performance SUVs and sedans, Mercedes-AMG has tried something new by dropping the A45 S on Indian shores. The lunatic AMG A45 S boasts the most-powerful 2.0L series production petrol engine and helps it to sprint from nought to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds. Mercedes-AMG A45 S has been launched at Rs 79.5 lakh and it will be sold via the CBU route.
Mercedes-AMG A45 S Launched
Mercedes-AMG A45 S looks very similar to the A35 and regular A-Class but you will be able to spot some differences if you have some keen eyes. Straight off the bat, we get the Panamericana front grille and larger air inlets to feed fresh air to the monstrous engine, more on that later. The A45 S rides on 19-inch Y-spoked AMG rims and the adaptive dampers offer a complaint and sporty ride. On the back, we get the quad exhaust tips with chrome surrounds and the owners can also opt for a roof spoiler.
On the inside, the changes are far subtle than the A35. Putting emphasis on the A45 badge, we get the full-blown D-cut AMG steering wheel, front sports seats with fixed headrests and yellow inserts on the dashboard. Moreover, Mercedes-AMG is also offering tons of customisation options and buyers can also opt for features like a 360-degree parking camera, blind spot detection and lane-keeping assist.
Coming to the heart of the matter, we have the most powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine on the planet. This four-banger puts out 421Hp and 500 Nm of torque, mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The power is channelled to all four wheels via the 4 Matic+ all-wheel-drive system. It’s not your normal AWD, it can not only alter the power distribution between front and rear axles but also between left and right rear wheels individually, thanks to a sophisticated differential at the rear axle. In addition to that, the A45 S also gets a drift mode and you can go complete hooligan with it.
Mercedes-AMG A45 S is one of its kind in the Indian market and doesn’t have any rivals. The one that only manages to come close is the Mini Cooper JCW but that lacks the outright punch and sheer grip levels of the A45 S. At 79.5 lakh ex-showroom, the A45 S is surely expensive but thanks to its blistering performance and capabilities, the stretch seems worth it.
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