Due in Australia from September, the A 45 AMG will debut $6500 above BMW's M135i hot hatch. But, where that 'Bimmer' is not a true M model, the A 45 has had every bit of AMG's know-how poured into it.
The Merc is also a good deal more powerful than its BMW counterpart, with its 2.0 litre turbo four delivering 265kW to the M135i's 235kW turbo six - although both offer 450Nm of torque.
The difference is enough to make the Merc a few hairs quicker to 100km/h, listing a 4.6 second sprint against the BMW's 4.9 second best.
Importantly, the starting price of the M135i sees it equipped with a manual transmission, whereas the Merc can be had only with a dual-clutch auto. Select that option in the BMW, and the price difference becomes $2500.
Shopping within the Merc range alone, the coming debut of the A 45 will give buyers a much more affordable path into the AMG range, with the larger C 63 AMG starting at a hefty $152,800 in sedan form.
Mercedes in Australia has already taken around 100 pre-orders for the A 45, price unknown, and the company expects the order books to fill out now that pricing has been confirmed.
Features standard with the Australian model will include 19-inch alloy wheels, the AMG Driver's Package that boosts top speed to 270km/h, and the usually optional AMG sports exhaust kit.
Buyers will also get blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning, adaptive headlights, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, leather seats (heated at the front), and the COMAND infotainment package with satellite navigation, internet connectivity and Harmon Kardon speakers.
Watch for the new A 45 to make its debut in September.
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