The Mercedes-AMG A45 S really is a muscle car trapped in a hot hatchback body

Not all hatchbacks are for families; some are meant to be”Hot hatches“, a high-performance alter ego of hatchbacks with sportier appeal and a more powerful engine designed to deliver pure fun and performance.


While the market offers several high-performance sedans, the Mercedes-AMG A45 S reserves its place at the top of the market. From luxury inside and out to the most powerful four-cylinder engine, the Mercedes-AMG A45 S is currently the fastest and one of the most premium sedans on the market.

It is capable of giving nightmares to most sports cars and, of course, muscle cars. However, American muscle cars currently need not worry as this monster is not sold in the United States, and Mercedes-AMG has yet to reveal a word regarding its launch.

The 2022 Mercedes-AMG A45 S is being sold in the UK with a base price of £63,140. Unfortunately, this German wonder is not sold in the United States, and don’t ask why! But when it hits American soil, we’d love to see it rival muscle cars with a bowl of popcorn. Until then, here’s why we think this hot hatch is a muscle car in a tailgate veil.

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Mercedes-AMG A 45 S is a sedan with a muscle car spirit

M139 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine
By: Mercedes-AMG

Inside the A 45 S hides something special: the newly hand-developed M139 2.0-litre turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, fitted with a 169,000 rpm twin-scroll turbocharger highly advanced and an 8-speed AMG Speedshift DCT automatic gearbox powering all four wheels.

The engine also has advanced features such as special turbocharger roller bearings, higher boost pressure of 2.1 bar, cold cast aluminum crankcase and nano-slip coated cylinder liners that make the most of the engine.

All of this helps the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four make the most of 421 horsepower at 7,200 rpm and 368 lb-ft of twist between 5,000 and 5,250 rpm, making it the baddest four-cylinder yet. With that pure power inside, the A45 S takes 3.7 seconds to run to 60 mph and only needs 11.8 seconds to complete the quarter mile. A nightmarish number for most supercars and muscle cars.

How does the Mercedes-AMG A45 S perform against American Muscle Cars?

Mustang Coupe 2022 Ice White
By: Ford

We can now answer your question. Well, the results are shocking and something you wouldn’t have expected if we hadn’t put the numbers in a single image. The 2022 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback (base) priced at $27,770 comes with a larger 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four engine and rear-wheel-drive system. Although the Mustang’s engine is 0.3 liters larger, it still offers 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft since its engine can produce maximum power at 5,500 rpm.

With lower horsepower and torque, the base Mustang takes 4.8 seconds for 0-60 mph and 13.3 seconds for the quarter-mile. The similarly priced Shelby GT500, however, hits hard with a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine producing 760 hp, pushing it to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and a quarter mile in 11.5 seconds.

2023 Chevrolet Camaro SXT
By: Chevy

Then the base 2022 Chevy Camaro is listed for $28,990 and is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine with a rear-wheel-drive system and an 8-speed automatic transmission. The base Camaro offers 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque and can hit 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds. It takes 13.6 seconds to reach the quarter mile.

The $69,990 flagship Camaro ZL1 offers a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine fitted with an 8- or 10-speed transmission, producing 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. The ZL1 takes 3.5 seconds for acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h and 11.5 seconds for a quarter-mile run.

Dodge Charger 2022
By: Dodge

The Dodge Charger, unlike other American muscle cars, is sold in both RWD and AWD models. However, the starting price is higher at $32,645 for the base SXT model, which has the 3.6-liter V6 with an eight-speed automatic making 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

The similarly priced Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody tops the list with the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 SRT engine capable of producing 717 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, with which it easily exceeds 0-60 mph in 3 .7 seconds and needs 11.8 seconds for the quarter mile run.

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MPG numbers and handling are where the Mercedes-AMG A45 S impresses

Mercedes-AMG A45 S Exterior In Yellow
By: Mercedes-AMG

The AMG A45 S four-cylinder turbo not only uses a turbocharger to ensure better mileage in addition to power, but is also engineered with a two-stage fuel injection system that delivers a superb mileage of 26.7 MPG combined. It packs a 17.4 gallon fuel tank that serves up to 464 miles combined.

By comparison, the Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback returns 24 MPG combined and has a 16-gallon fuel tank, delivering around 384 combined miles. The Chevrolet Camaro delivers a combined 22 MPG and 418 miles of range with its 19 gallon tank. The Dodge Challenger’s V6 delivers 23 combined MPG and 425 miles of range with an 18.5 gallon tank.

Driving modes of the Mercedes-AMG A45 S 4MATIC
By: Mercedes-AMG

Mercedes-AMG has equipped the A45 S with the best mechanicals in its class so that it can use the high power. The A45 S comes standard with the AMG Driver’s Package, which increases top speed to 168 mph for a thrilling experience.

To ensure that the driver benefits from driving dynamics pre-tuned to different conditions, the system also offers the AMG Dynamic Select function, which consists of different driving modes and a personalized driving mode for the settings. based on preferences. The chassis is paired with best-in-class AMG Ride Control suspensions to keep the car stabilized at high speeds and deliver flawless driving dynamics.

AMG High Performance Brakes Mercedes-AMG A45 S
By: Mercedes-AMG

Standard ventilated disc brakes with red four-piston calipers stop the 60-foot AMG A45 S in just 102 feet. Whereas American muscles need a lot longer to shut down. The Ford Mustang stops at 121 feet, while the Dodge Charger needs 112 feet, followed by the Chevy Camaro at 111 feet. Thus, the AMG A45 S not only impresses with its power, but also with its handling and safety.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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