Our only regret about the new Mercedes A45 AMG..

.. is that it isn’t RWD. We know, the garden-variety A-Class on which it’s based is FWD so it was never going to happen— not a chance. And objectively speaking, it’s probably all the better – not to mention faster – for its AWD. But you know, you just know, that it would have been enormously, hellaciously entertaining – and in the wrong hands with all electronic nannies turned off, probably lethal – had the car fed all 360 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque to just its rear wheels.

But that sort of thing is a relic of the distant past and doesn’t play well in the year 2013. Safety is where it’s at, safety is what sells, and AWD is nothing if not safe. And so it is with the A45 AMG. But one can dream, and in our dreams this thing is hanging its tail out and doing smoky burnouts with its bigger brothers all day long. After all, it’s the AMG way.

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~ by motoringconbrio on February 19, 2013.

5 Responses to “Our only regret about the new Mercedes A45 AMG..”

  1. That is your only regret?! How bout this:

    “The Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG won’t be sold in the U.S.”

    Why? I will never understand why they don’t bring the cool stuff to the US, when we are the largest market for cars in the world, by far. I have never bought a Mercedes, but I was about to until I got to that line on the bottom. Makes no sense.

    • That is your only regret?! How bout this:

      “The Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG won’t be sold in the U.S.”

      Well, I treated that as a given— I just automatically assumed it wouldn’t be offered here. I wouldn’t expect it to sell well (here), apparently M-B doesn’t either, and that’s what drives the vast majority – if not all – of these decisions.

  2. regret #2 – it’s ugly !
    seen a non-amg a-class and that snout looks much bigger irl.
    overcooked imo.

  3. Always loved AMG’s as I have a CLK55 AMG and now looking at the new 63AMG for my next toy. (Nice!)

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