If you’re wondering how much the new 2020 Mercedes-AMG A45 S hot hatch is going to cost in Australia, wonder no more.
Set to be the most powerful hot hatch on the market with 310kW under its sleek new bonnet, the A45 S will come with a price tag of $93,600 before on-road costs and options, meaning it’s over $25,000 more than the lesser A35.
Of course, for that, you get the most powerful four-cylinder engine straight out of the factory, with the 2.0-litre turbo pumping out a stout 310kW and 500Nm. And with a kerb weight of 1,550kg, the A45 S boasts a power-to-weight ratio of 185kW per tonne, enough for it to blast from 0-100km/h in a scorching 3.9 seconds.
While power is sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed AMG Speedshift DCT 8G dual-clutch transmission, the A45 S also comes with a Drift Mode for some power-sliding fun on track. The AMG Ride Control adaptive suspension is standard.
To rein in the power, the hot hatch is equipped with a set of high-performance brakes, with 6-piston fixed calipers clamping on 360mm discs up front, and 1-piston floating calipers on 330mm discs at the rear. The discs are internally ventilated and perforated to better dissipate heat and prevent brake fading even under extreme use.
Inside, the MBUX infotainment system first seen on the A-Class features sporty AMG-specific design and includes a G-meter, engine data plus individual AMG displays, AMG Track Pace and telemetry data.
The AMG Track Pace is likened to a virtual race engineer and can continuously monitor more than 80 vehicle-specific data points. It also displays lap and sector times, as well as the respective difference from a reference time.
Along with the A45 S, Mercedes-Benz Australia has also released pricing of the closely related but swoopier CLA45 S, which comes with a $111,200 price tag before on-roads and options.
It’s slightly less-focussed and heavier, taking 4.0 seconds to reach 100km/h from a standstill with the same power and drivetrain as the A45 S.
Both models are on sale now.