Mercedes-Benz have let loose a pair of fire breathing new models.
Orders books have opened for the high-performance Mercedes-AMG A 45 S and CLA 45 S, with prices starting at £50,570.
Both cars – plus the latter’s Shooting Brake estate variant – feature a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine producing 415bhp and 500Nm of torque, with power sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
As a result, all three cars are capable of covering the 0-60mph sprint in under four seconds while going on to 168mph.
In terms of efficiency, the A 45 S is claimed by Mercedes to be capable of 33.6mpg while emitting 189g/km of CO2.
The CLA 45 S offers 34mpg and 189g/km, with the Shooting Brake returning 33.6mpg and 192g/km.
No one is likely to mistake the new models for any of their underpowered underlings, thanks to a suite of styling features from Mercedes.
As standard, exterior upgrades on the A 45 S and CLA 45 S include 19-inch alloy wheels, red brake callipers, a Panamericana grille, flared wheel arches and side skirts, plus a quad-exit exhaust system.
Inside the cars, Dinamica microfibre heated seats are present, along with an AMG Performance steering wheel, a 10.25in infotainment display with a digital instrument cluster – also 10.25in – and illuminated door sills.
There’s no shortage of safety features to help you keep all that power on the road.
Both models come as standard with active brake assist, lane keep assist, speed limit assist and attention assist.
Upgrading to Plus specification adds an AMG Aerodynamic package, adaptive dampers, a panoramic sunroof, electrically-adjustable seats, a Burmester surround sound system and blind-spot assist.
Entry-level pricing secures an A 45 S, with the CLA 45 S four-door and Shooting Brake available from £52,145 and £53,370 respectively.