The Mercedes-AMG A45 S is one of those cars whose 0-62mph time is impossible to ignore. 3.9 seconds? For a hot hatchback? The word ‘bonkers’ doesn’t even begin to cover it.
It’s all thanks to a new 415bhp turbocharged inline-four ‘M139’ engine, which revs to 7200rpm and is intended to feel naturally-aspirated. Paired with an all-wheel drive system – which has a ‘drift mode’ – it makes the AMG megahatch supremely quick off the line.
As per usual, this latest rather silly 0-62mph time is something we feel needs putting in context. With that in mind, here’s a selection of cars that – unbelievably – the new A45 S can match while covering the benchmark sprint.
Acceleration figures aren’t, of course, what defines a car – we’re just impressed by the mad pace of this little thing. Are you?
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Porsche 911 GT3 (991.2, manual)
Aston Martin DB11
Mercedes C63 S coupe
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