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The Top Gear car review:Mercedes-Benz AMG A45
For:Enormous ground covering ability, traction and power, faster gearbox
Against:Still on the firm side, very expensive
What is it?
The new straight-line speed benchmark, so far as hot hatchbacks go. Noses out of joint at the upstart 362bhp Audi RS3, AMG has responded with a 376bhp A45, up from the hardly tardy 355bhp predecessor. Torque’s up 23lb ft to 350lb ft, and consequently the 0-62mph time is down 0.4secs to 4.2 seconds – a handy tenth faster than the RS3’s conservative claim.
Merc also offers a locking front differential, adaptive suspension and an even sillier sports exhaust system this time around.