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How does the updated Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG stack up to the competition?


WITH Audi’s RS3 and Ford’s Focus RS soon to arrive, Mercedes-Benz needed to ensure that their mighty A45 AMG kept its hot hatch throne. The plan was simple… more power. Now for 2016 the A45 AMG boasts a power output of 280kW and 475Nm compared to its previous output of around 260kW and 450Nm.

The entry-level model from Mercedes-AMG is the world's most powerful compact sports model. The revised gear ratios, aerodynamic fine-tuning and the new Dynamic Select driving modes raise overall performance to a higher level, underlining the leadership claim in this market segment. The compact saloon absolves a sprint from standstill to 100km/h in 4.2 seconds, 0.4 seconds faster than the preceding model. Maximum traction on tight bends is ensured by the standard all-wheel-drive and an optional front axle differential is now available for the first time.

How does the updated Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG stack up to the competition?

Audi RS3:

The multiple award-winning 2.5 TFSI produces 270kW and 465Nm of torque in the new RS3 Sportback. The turbocharged engine accelerates the compact five-door from 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds and top speed can be increased to 280km/h.

Ford Focus RS:

Ford's EcoBoost technology powers nearly every new Ford vehicle. The new RS is projected to deliver around 257kW and 440Nm of torque from its 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine. The all-new Focus RS shares its fundamental structure with the all-aluminium four-cylinder engine in the all-new Mustang. This engine has, however, been significantly upgraded through a comprehensive package of design changes.

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