2020 Mercedes-AMG A45 & A45 S (New 45-Series, Power Dense af)

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RaceChip Offer 484 HP (361 KW) Upgrade For Mercedes-AMG A 45 S

Opt for the GTS Black chip and the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged unit will develop an additional 68 hp (51 kW) and 40 Nm of torque. This will set you back just €699 so it is a fair bit of bang for your buck.

The below video details their methods (with an explanation of the tuning process itself beginning around the 6:45 mark) as they work their way to these increased outputs. Then, of course, there’s the obligatory Autobahn run to sample the results.



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Posaidon Pushes AMG A45 to 324 kph

The current Mercedes-AMG A45 is a hugely powerful 2-litre, however, some German tuners have taken the A45 beyond 300 kph.

AMG’s de-restricted A45 S is an incredibly rapid super hatch.

Powered by the world’s most potent 2-litre four-cylinder engine, it will run a true top speed of 270 kph.

It would be rather arrogant to believe that one could improve upon AMG’s engineering, but the German aftermarket tuning industry is full of ambitious and talented specialists. One of those is Posaidon, which despite the very un-German name, is located in Mülheim-Kärlich.

The company’s latest offering is a RS 525 upgrade of the A45. Posaidon’s technicians swap out the factory turbocharger for a new unit and appropriately reprogrammed the 2-litre engine’s control electronics to extract more power.

With a new turbocharger and revised control algorithms, the RS 525 boosts 386 kW and 600 Nm. Those are very impressive outputs for a compact four-cylinder engine, and notable gains on the factory AMG A45 S settings of 310 kW and 500 Nm.


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Mercedes-AMG A45 S: price hike puts hyper hatch on wrong side of R1m.

The Mercedes-AMG A45 S 4Matic+ is expected to finally officially launch in South Africa later in May 2020 (lockdown-level dependent, of course) but a fresh price hike will see it coming in on the wrong side of R1-million.

When the A45 S first appeared on Mercedes-Benz SA’s configurator back in September 2019, the 310 kW hyper hatch had a starting price of R990 108. At the start of May 2020, however, that figure increased to R 1 067 840.

Of course, we should point out government’s revised (more aggressive) CO2 tax rates recently kicked in, so the new price includes a higher emissions figure of R12 840. We'd venture the exchange rate played a role in the price increase, too, with the rand hitting an all-time low against the dollar in April.

The A35 hatch, meanwhile, now starts at R815 000, with the A35 sedan priced from R834 520. The CLA35's price has increased to R931 640 while the CLA45 S now kicks off at R1 191 480 (which makes it more expensive than the R1 095 920 C43 sedan).

As a reminder, standard features for the SA-spec A45 S include adaptive LED headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, sports seats, the MBUX infotainment system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, although going for the 10,25-inch display will cost you an extra R11 500), 19-inch five-twin-spoke alloys, tyre-pressure monitoring and red-painted brake callipers.

 

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AMG Aero Package Plus Now Available For Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 And CLA 45

Mercedes-AMG has decided to unveil a new aerodynamic package for the CLA models aiming to give it a more sporty presence.

It is called the AMG Aerodynamics Package Plus which introduces a slightly enlarged splitter and optional canards on either side of the front bumper which are finished in high-gloss black.


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BMW M8 Competition Coupe vs Mercedes-AMG A45 S drag race *2WD mode vs AWD* - Carwow

 

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Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S Shooting Brake 2020 UK review

Should I buy one?

So why only four stars? Ultimately, the electronics-flavoured handling sits in the faintly artificial no man’s land between fiercely nose-led hot hatch and something more mature and elegant dynamically, such as the C63 Estate. The CLA 45 S Shooting Brake is also expensive and ergonomically found wanting.

There is therefore an uncomfortable feeling you might actually get greater enjoyment out of something more normal, more sensible and perhaps not quite so special. Something as comparatively ordinary even as an LSD-equipped BMW 330i Touring.

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S Shooting Brake specification

Where Befordshire, UK Price £59,479 On sale now Engine 4 cyls in line, 1991cc, turbocharged, petrol Power 415bhp at 6750rpm Torque 369lb ft at 5000-5250rpm Gearbox 8-spd dual-clutch automatic Kerb weight 1705kg Top speed 155mph (limited) 0-62mph 4.0sec Fuel economy 32.8mpg CO2 191g/km, 37% Rivals Audi RS4, Seat Leon Cupra R ABT


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