Mercedes-AMG new ultra-compact sports car has landed in South Africa and is preparing to establish a leading position in its market segments.
“South Africans love the AMG brand is the third-largest market in the world. With the launch of our most dynamic compact sports car, we are also strengthening this market segment for our growth,” said Selvin Govender, Marketing Director for Mercedes-Benz Cars in South Africa.
The new compact Mercedes-AMG A 45 S 4MATIC + hatch cover and CLA 45 S 4MATIC + have outstanding performance, driving dynamics, and expressive design.
“We have revised our 45 models - from the engine to the transmission and chassis, the designed drive car to the body, and the design itself - to return the dynamism and sporty experience of this car to the previous model. Update it.” It was unthinkable in a compact class, “said Johannes Fritz, Co-Chairman of Mercedes-Benz South Africa and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Cars South Africa.
The heart of every vehicle is the most powerful four-cylinder turbocharger in the world, produced for series production. They developed a 2.0-liter engine in each AMGNm.
This results in the sprint time from 0 to 100 k Hatch and 4.0 seconds for the CLA 45 S 4MATIC +.
Exterior design: membership in the AMG family is even more obvious
The appearance of AMG’s unmistakable. The visual replica of the Mercedes-AMG 45 S includes a dedicated AMG radiator grille, a wider front fender with elongated wheel arches to make room for a wider front axle, and a front apron with a jet wing design. The wider side skirts of AMG lower it, while on the back two pairs of curved tubes of 90 mm diameter with the inner housing and the inscription AMG.
Model S is available as standard with 19-inch light-alloy wheels in a 5-spoke design - 8.5 inches wide for the Mercedes-AMG A 45 S 4MATIC + and 9 inches for the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 4MATIC +. We equip the lightweight wheels with 245/35 R 19 or 255/35 R 19 (CLA 45 S) tires.
The developers at AMG are strengthening the body and changing its route and hump. A lightweight aluminum plate mounted under the engine - a “cutting plate” - adds torsional rigidity to the front of the car. Diagonal supports on the front and back of the pallet further increase the rigidity. As a result, the entire suspension reacts very physical limitations and provides feedback to the driver.
Drive system: new high-performance four-cylinder turbocharger
It generates new, efficient output on the innovative production line at Affalterbach based on the “one man, one motor” principle. The engine features smart design such as a 2.1 bar turbo and exhaust manifold next to the firewall, a two-stage piezo injector, an electronically controlled waste device, and multiple water pumps for cooling separate from the cylinder head and crankcase. It equips the cylindrical bearings with a patented mirror-like nano slides coating that comes straight from the F1 engine.
AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 8G transmission with two clutches: agile and responsive
The standard transmission is an eight-speed DCT. The standard RACE-START function allows maximum acceleration from a standing start. Those who prefer to change gears on their own can select the manual transmission mode in each driving program.
It includes All-wheel drive as standard in the AMG TORQUE CONTROL in the new rear axle differential: It has two electronically controlled multi-disc clutches, each linked to a drive shaft on the rear axle. In this way, it can distribute propulsion power not only between the front and rear wheels but also selectively between the left and right rear wheels.
The result is consistently optimal traction, even in poor road conditions and extreme cornering maneuvers such as on the track. Besides, this advanced solution enables drift mode as standard, which is included
in the optional AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package and allows gliding.
The driver can choose from six driving modes: AMG DYNAMIC SELECT: smooth, comfortable, sporty, sport +, individual, and RACE as standard. This enables a variety of vehicle functions, from comfortable to dynamic.
Suspension: Special components for a very dynamic steering
The new AMG suspension with spring-specific elements and new frequency selective shock absorbers forms the basis for very stable direction and very dynamic cornering characteristics with a low tendency to roll. It improves comfort over the previous model. The AMG RIDE CONTROL optional adaptive damping system allows the driver to choose between three different chassis control modes, from comfortable to sporty focus.
High-performance braking system: light and reliable
The highly efficient braking system offers light-resistant acceleration and a short braking distance. On the main model, the 4-piston Monoblock brake caliper with the front axle continues to work on the 350 x 34mm brake discs, while the 1-piston, 1-piston floating brake caliper on the rear axle operates on the 330 x 22mm brake discs. Act. The discs are internally ventilated and perforated to better dissipate heat and prevent brakes from fading, even with extreme use. The optional AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package features a larger brake system with 6-piston fixed calipers and 360 x 36 mm brake discs at the front.
AMG exhaust system: with exhaust cover for sound modulation
One highlight of AMG’s management is the unmistakable sound of the engine. The exhaust system has a valve in the exhaust system which is controlled automatically depending on the engine speed and load. Depending on the drive program selected, it modulates sound from balanced and muted (in Slippery, Comfort, and Sport modes) to emotional and sporty (in Sport + or RACE).
With AMG Real Performance Sound as an option, the sound becomes more emotional and you can define how the turbo engine sounds inside. With the press of a button, you can choose between smooth, sporty sound (BALANCED) and emotional motorsport sound (POWERFUL).
Interior: a close symbiosis between humans and machines
With sports events and the MBUX infotainment system, the high-quality interior creates a close personal connection between humans and machines. MBUX creates a closer connection between the car, the driver, and the passenger. Users can choose from three AMG display types for the instrument cluster: Classic, Sports, and Supersport. Supersport Mode is impressive with the center circular tachometer and additional information in the form of bars on the left and right of the tachometer. With a three-dimensional perspective, they reach deep into the background into artificial horizons.
Of course, the newest voice control is also on board, activated with the word “Hey Mercedes”.
For those who drive on racetracks, AMG TRACK PACE, virtual race engineer, is standard equipment for the S model. When negotiating a circuit, more than 80 points are continuously monitored for specific vehicle data, including lap times and sectors. After a few short laps, the driver can use the data for analysis and, if necessary, improve his driving skills.
Retail price R1 101 000 R1 211 000