2021 Mercedes-AMG A 45 S launched in India at Rs 79.5 lakh
Mercedes-Benz has now launched the 2021 Mercedes-AMG A 45 S 4Matic+ in India. Prices for the smallest top-tier AMG start at Rs 79.5 lakh before options and the hatchback is being brought in as a CBU, unlike the locally-assembled 35-series models. The AMG A 45 S is by far the fastest hatchback on sale in India, the second-fastest in the world and is powered by the most powerful four-cylinder motor ever fitted to a production car.
2021 Mercedes-AMG A 45 S 4Matic Plus engine, specifications
The Mercedes-AMG A 45 S is powered by the specially-developed M 139 2.0-litre petrol. This four-cylinder single-turbo motor makes 421PS at 6,750 rpm and 500 Nm at 5,000-5,250 rpm. This motor is hand-assembled in the same way as the 4.0-litre V8 from larger AMGs and has seen numerous developments being made to achieve the high specific output. Read more about the M 139 engine here. This motor pairs with an 8-speed AMG dual-clutch automatic with a launch control function and an AMG tuned all-wheel-drive system. This system also features variable torque distribution and a drift mode, which works through a pair of clutches in the rear axle. There are six drive modes to choose from - Slippery, Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Race - as well as the three-stage AMG Dynamics ESC modes.
Other enhancements over the A 35 include a heavily reinforced chassis with a wider front track, larger 19-inch tyres, revised suspension components and uprated brakes. The S version going on sale in India gets the Driver's package as standard which ups top-speed to 270 kmph and allows for a 0 to 100 kmph time of 3.9s.
2021 Mercedes-AMG A 45 S 4Matic Plus exteriors, interiors, features
The AMG hot hatch also gets differentiates styling. There is a new bumper and the Panamerica grille, multi-beam LED headlamps, and a new rear diffuser to tie in with the four-pot exhausts. Six colour options are available - Sun Yellow, Polar White, Mountain Grey, Designo Patagonia Red, Designo Mountain Grey Magno and Cosmos Black. Interior highlights on the Mercedes-AMG A 45 S include the AMG specific menus in the twin touchscreens, aluminium and rubberised dash highlights, leather and micro-suede upholstery with yellow stitching, the AMG-specific steering wheel and sport seats. Other features include a HUD display, 12-speaker Burmester audio and safety kit like lane-keeping assist and blind-spot monitoring.
2021 Mercedes-AMG A 45 S 4Matic Plus
The Mercedes-AMG A 45 S is priced at Rs 79.5 lakh, ex-showroom. The hot hatch has no direct rivals in the country currently, although the Audi RS 3 is expected to make its debut here sometime in 2022.