The Mercedes-Benz could not leave this lying down and crashes with the new Mercedes-AMG 45 the Audi RS3 Sportback as a most powerful and fastest series-compact sports car in the world from the throne. 381 hp, all-wheel drive and the first available, optional front axle limited slip differential provide a performance that the Mercedes-Benz AMG A45 previously did not know nearly. Even the fuel consumption under provides no other performance vehicle in this class. The launch of the new 2016 Mercedes AMG A45 is carried out from September 2015.
Design with even more stability
The influences from the world of motorsport can be seen at first glance at the new Mercedes-AMG A45: The powerful AMG-design brings new elements dynamic design language of the A-Class with impressive clarity. So the front spoiler accentuates the new A-Wing design the compact proportions even sportier. The three-dimensional and independent A-Wing also acts as a spoiler member for three AMG-specific air intakes. New LED headlights with an ‘eyebrow “as daytime running lights are fitted as standard. Also at the rear is the A45 unique influences from motorsport: The rear apron with four vertical fins and a distinctive spoiler lip at the diffuser uses optical statement.
But not only the design, also the aerodynamics of Mercedes-AMG A45 enhanced the makers again significantly. At A45 the new combination produced from spoiler lip under the front splitter, rear apron with diffuser insert and spoiler lip on the roof spoiler even more downforce and thus increases driving stability. The measures also improve aerodynamic balance, which affects the handling positive.
Drive and traction
With 381 hp at 6,000 tours and 475 Nm maximum torque 2250-5000 U / min from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder trumped the new Mercedes-AMG A45 even the Audi RS3 Sportback. Thus equipped, the Mercedes-AMG A45 sprints in just 4.2 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h – ergo clear it 0.4 seconds faster than the previous model with 360 hp. With electronically limited 250 km / h of saturated propulsive ends. This compares to with discreet driving ideally an average consumption of 6.9 liters of petrol per 100 kilometers (CO2 emissions 162 g / km).
By comparison, the also all-wheel drive Audi RS3 Sportback comes to 367 hp and 465 Nm, does the sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.3 seconds. The tip is also is 250 km / h while Audi combined fuel consumption of 8.1 liters per 100 kilometers indicating (CO2 emissions 189 g / km).
When driving the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine of the Mercedes-AMG A45 will delight you with a spontaneous response to accelerator pedal movements, high torque, tremendous revving ability and emotional engine sound. The exhaust system comes standard with an automatically controlled exhaust flap. Depending on the driving range or by pressing a button, the system makes the sound emotional experience.
The “AMG Performance 4MATIC” – all-wheel drive of the Mercedes-AMG A45 combines optimum traction with a high level of driving pleasure. According to the driving dynamic requirements of Mercedes-AMG A45 has an infinitely variable torque distribution. The spectrum ranges from pure front-wheel drive up to a ratio of 50 to 50 percent to the front and rear axle. In the compact class, the variability achieved to match the driving situation, an optimum ratio of dynamism, efficiency and traction.
Dominating for the agile and dynamic character of the transmission is also the AMG Speedshift DCT 7-speed sports transmission. Thanks to translations even shorter now chosen the speed steps three to seven the driver feels an even more dynamic acceleration experience at all speeds. The smaller gear ratio combines with optimized response and shift times for better connections when upshifting.
AMG Dynamic Select: taken from sports car Mercedes-AMG GT
45 driving modes “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport +” and “Individual” now also in the Mercedes-AMG A which – as already known from the sports car Mercedes-AMG GT and the Mercedes-AMG C 63, allow the “Dynamic Select” ability to select the driving behavior to the personal preferences of the driver or the current driving situation.
The driving program “Comfort” enables Serene locomotion with a subtle engine sound and soft gear changes. The first installed sailing function and the ECO start-stop system, meanwhile, help save fuel.
The “Sport” mode characterized by agility and driving pleasure with a sporty tuning of the engine and transmission. The sound of the turbo engine is striking. In “Sport +” mode, the power transmission responds more spontaneously to dynamic load changes. The shift strategy of the transmission is optimally adapted to the needs of a very sporty driving style – including a very short switching speeds and faster reactions to accelerator commands.
The “Individual” – driving program offers more than the preconfigured programs beyond the additional option of individual parameter for drive, transmission mode and the 3-stage ESP to vary (Electronic Stability Program).
New: “AMG Dynamic Plus” package as an optional extra
Brand new for the Mercedes-AMG A45 is the “AMG Dynamic Plus” package to continue to sharpen the driving dynamics. An essential component is the newly developed, mechanical front axle locking differential, which significantly improves traction during sporty driving. The greatest benefits arise when strong acceleration out of corners, where the limited-slip differential enables maximum grip and high transverse acceleration. In addition, the A45 is stabilized even more effective when the load changes and at high speeds.
For “AMG Dynamic Plus” package also counts the “AMG Ride Control” – sports suspension. Passive is the two-stage adaptive adjustable damping. The system is fully automatic and adjusts the damping force depending on the situation at each wheel to the road and driving status. In addition, the driver has the option to select the basic characteristics of the damper in two stages and then configure his personal setup. The “AMG Ride Control” – sports suspension is also available as separate special equipment.
The speed-sensitive sports steering the A45 support with high steering precision and direct turn-in a fundamentally more sporty driving style and also has two characteristics: Depending selects which damper setup the driver gives the steering a sporty-taut or more comfortable steering feeling.
Race: The 5th, the driving program
In “Dynamic AMG Plus” – package and the “AMG Ride Control” – driving program “Race” included that the Mercedes-AMG A45 ideal for fast laps on the race track – sports suspension is the fifth “Dynamic Select”. The response of the turbo-engine and the accelerator pedal characteristic curve present themselves even more spontaneous than in the “Sport +”. Exhaust system, suspension and steering remain at the level of “Sport +”, while the 3-stage ESP “Sport Handling Mode” switches to. The transmission activates the “Race” – mode, which is designed, at racetracks – always to drive driving an optimal level of speed with a lowest possible gear. Fast and prominent shifts round off the “race”.
Interior: Passion for Performance in the Mercedes AMG A45
Inside the Mercedes-AMG A45 is the dynamic, sporty character continues. For a perfect connection between driver and car, the new multifunction sports steering wheel provides. The flat-bottomed steering wheel rim with perforated leather in the grip area and red contrast stitching to convince visually and sensually. To better adapt to different body sizes Mercedes-Benz equips the sports seats as standard equipment with a seat cushion depth adjustment from.
Thanks to the latest generation of telematics is the new 2016 Mercedes AMG A 45 can connect perfectly with the modern smartphone and Internet world. To select for example “Command Online” with WLAN module and advanced features as well as the optimal smartphone integration are by “Apple CarPlay” for iPhones and “Mirror link”. Supported with “Apple CarPlay” applications call, navigating and listening to music, receiving and sending SMS and e-mails and the Siri voice control. The screen measures at the request in the diagonal now 20.3 centimeters (8 inches), making it at least 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) greater than previously.
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