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The AMG A 45 has been updated with a mid-generation facelift that sees it produce even more power as well as upgrades to its suspension.

< Accessed via a new rotary dial in the centre console, the different modes alter the overall character of the A 45 through the shift pattern of the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, throttle sensitivity and assistance from the power steering. The transmission itself has also come in for a few tweaks, with sharper shifts in its performance settings and lowered ratios in third through seventh gear that improve its responsiveness at highway speeds. A mechanical limited slip differential has been added to the options list, providing enthusiasts with even more grip through the bends. These mechanical changes are accompanied by a series of subtle external design tweaks, such as new LED headlamps, redesigned tail lamps and its twin exhaust pipes integrated into the rear bumper. There is a host of new features in the cabin, including a new steering wheel, and a freestanding eight-inch media screen.

POCKET ROCKET The four-cylinder high-performance machine has a powerful standard all-wheel drive configuration.

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our-point-two seconds. There you go, by the time you’ve read that number, the Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC has already rocketed past 100km/h. That figure alone is staggering, and one that makes the three-pointed star’s updated hot hatch one of the fastest on the planet, but it also places the pocket rocket in genuine supercar territory – for a quarter of the price. The Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC, the first fourcylinder high-performance machine from the famed high-performance division, already set new benchmarks when it arrived in showrooms in 2013, with its 2-litre turbocharged engine, to become the most powerful four-cylinder production engine. But time marches on just as quickly as it accelerates, and the AMG A 45 has been updated with a mid-generation facelift that sees it produce even more power as well as upgrades to its suspension and new technologies that improve its sport and comfort options, handling and connectivity. At the heart of it, the 2.0-litre turbo-charged four-cylinder has been tweaked to produce an additional 15kW of power and 25Nm more torque to boost its overall outputs to 280kW and 475Nm – numbers that were the domain of big-bore V8s less than a decade ago. The increased performance has lowered the hatch’s official 0–100km/h time by almost half a second. Part of that is due to its standard allwheel drive configuration, which means power is delivered to the ground with maximum traction and a multi-plate clutch capable of apportioning up to 50 per cent of its drive to the rear wheels when required. New for the 2016 AMG A 45 are adaptive dampers that offer multiple driving modes, which, in the Comfort setting, improve its ride quality, while the Sport, Sport+ and Race settings increase its handling at the limit with better body control.

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