The moment has finally arrived. The all-new Mercedes-AMG A 45 and CLA 45 models – including the crazy S versions – have been unveiled. Of course we already knew what kind of power these two little rockets carry, and we’ve seen numerous spy pics. But the unclothed versions look even better and promise to infuse the segment – and the soul – with enough adrenalin as to keep Eskom power on.

The two cars have identical powertrains of course, and indeed are the same car shaped two different ways. So this powertrain consists of a 2.0-litre turbocharged (single turbo) petrol engine that produces two different power outputs, depending on the model in question. The A 45 and CLA 45 produce 285kW at 6 500rpm, and 450Nm of torque between 4 750rpm and 5 000rpm. Mercedes-AMG says the A 45 will sprint from 0 – 100km/h in 4 seconds flat, while the CLA 45 will do the same in 4.1 seconds. Top speeds are electronically limited to 250km/h but can be derestricted to 270km/h by specifying the AMG Driver’s Package. Mbalula is watching though.

Mercedes-AMG A 45 S 4MATIC+ (2019), Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 8,4-8,3 l/100 km; CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 192-189 g/km // Fuel consumption combined: 8.4-8.3 l/100 km; Combined CO2 emissions: 192-189 g/km

The second set consists of the A 45 S and CLA 45 S, which carry the same engine but to different effect. Maximum power is 310kW at 6 750rpm and torque is 500Nm between 5 000rpm and 5 250rpm. Their maker says the A 45 S will hit 100km/h from standstill in just 3.9 seconds, while the CLA 45 S will do the same in 4 seconds flat. The same story applies to top speed as the above.

These being AMGs and AMG having said their new cars will all carry 4Matic all-wheel-drive (AWD), they all do. But they also feature AMG Torque Control which allows for Drift mode, the same system we saw in the ballistic E 63 S. As for the transmission, they have opted for the new 8-speed 8G double clutch system. Standard wheels are 18-inch types, but buyers can choose to fit 19-inchers as well.

The little bangers feature six AMG Dynamic Select driving modes, namely Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual and Race. All these change the reaction and general behaviour of items like the suspension system, accelerator, engine sound etc, to give the driver whichever characteristic they prefer at any point in time.

Inside the cars features lots of sweet tech, much of which we have already seen in the standard A-Class. But additions that make these special do stand out. They include sports seats, red stitching, red seat belts, a 12 o’clock marking on the multifunction steering wheel, AMG logos, stainless steel foot pedals with rubber studs for extra grip, as well as the MBUX infotainment system.

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