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.
See and read more about it here.