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Brash Mercedes-AMG A 45 S Has Most Colors in Town on Speed Dial

Mercedes may be somewhat of a newcomer to the hot hatch party, as they dipped their fingers in the segment with the third generation A-Class that was made last decade. Its replacement came out in 2018, and with it, it brought a brand new A 45, together with an even more stunning S derivative.
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Gunning for the Audi RS 3 Sportback, the latest Mercedes-AMG A 45 S is a true high-performance model that pretends to be a hatchback. It has the Panamericana grille up front, a big wing at the back, and muscular bumpers at both ends, together with a specially-tuned chassis, uprated brakes, and new wheels.

In the bowels of the engine, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, no less than 415 hp (421 ps / 310 kW) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque roam free. These are channeled to the 4Matic+ all-wheel drive system through a dual-clutch eight-speed automatic transmission, enabling a 0 to 62 mph (0-100 kph) in 3.9 seconds and a 168 mph (270 kph) top speed.

We’re barely scratching the surface here, but the main idea is that it boasts performance on par with older supercars, wrapped in a family-friendly body, with lots of storage spaces, and a decent (for a compact hatchback) trunk capacity. So, with that much car at hand, why would anyone choose to tune it? Why, for extra neighborhood and virtual credit, of course, hence the multitude of companies that have at least a few aftermarket parts for the A 45 S on their shelves.

JMS Fahrzeugteile is but one, and their proposal may be rather basic, at first glance, but it’s one of the brashest out there, nonetheless. That’s because the hot hatch in question has a full wrap, with a multi-color asymmetrical pattern, that was styled by Stuii Design and applied by Schwabenfolia. This is the most look-at-me feature of the car, but it’s not the only one, because the alloys also come from the tuning world.

With Barracuda Racing Wheels behind them, they measure 8.5x19 inches front and rear and were wrapped in 245/35 tires. Don’t go anywhere yet, because we still have to tell you about the final upgrade of the hot hatch, which came from KW, and it’s a Variant 3 coilover kit. This has lowered it by 40 mm (1.6 in) at the front and 35 mm (1.4 in) at the rear, complementing the otherwise crazy design.

Now, we could have probably gotten past that ostentatious styling if it had more oomph, but since it doesn’t, we cannot help but wonder why. That’s both a general and a rhetorical question that can be answered by the owner. And since they’re not around, feel free to answer it for them in the comments section down below.


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