A hatchback with 416bhp, 500Nm, and a top speed of 278km/h! Yes, you read it right, a hatchback. But it's not just any other hatch, it's the hottest hatchback produced by Mercedes-AMG.
The hottest hatchback from the Mercedes-Benz stable has made its India debut. The Mercedes-AMG A 45 S has been officially launched in India for Rs 79.50 lakh (ex-showroom). The sticker price may seem on the steeper side for a hatchback, but it's worth every bit, for the A 45 S gets the world’s most powerful 2.0-litre engine, among other things – and you can't really put a price on performance.
The four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbo-petrol motor produces 416bhp and 500Nm. The power is sent to all the wheels (AWD) via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The hatchback gets launch control and can sprint from a standstill to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds (claimed). Also, the hot hatch can hit a top speed of 278km/h.
The car comes with six drive modes in total, but it's the Race mode that dials up the responses and feedback. There is also the Drift mode, which numbs the traction control and other governing systems a little bit for you to slide the A 45 S around a bend.
Visually, the Mercedes-AMG A 45 S looks very similar to the A-Class series hatchbacks, but, under the skin, this hot hatch gets reinforced chassis and stiffer suspensions. The brakes too are a size bigger to effectively bring you to a stop. The wheels are 19-inch in size and are shod with low-profile high-performance tyres. It also gets a diffuser with quad exhaust tips.
The cabin is largely similar to the standard model; however, the seats are sporty and get highlights. The steering wheel is a flat-bottom unit, which adds a bit of sportiness to the cabin.
The Mercedes-AMG A 45 S will be sold via the CBU route in India. Its deliveries will start early next month.