With the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team and its star driver Lewis Hamilton once again the world champions, Mercedes-AMG has decided to celebrate with a special edition version of its A45 hot hatch. You may recall that the Affalterbach tuner celebrated last year’s title with a special SL63.
While the special SL63 was designed by Hamilton and his teammate Nico Rosberg, the special A45, known as the A45 World Champion Edition, features a design inspired by the F1 team and its silver livery. The shade of green represents title sponsor Petronas.
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The car also dons all the A45’s aero accessories such as the extended front splitter, front canards and roof-mounted rear spoiler. The wheels are a special 19-inch set finished in gray paint with a green accent.
A similar theme continues into the cabin where a plaque on the center console highlights the significance of the model. Further upgrades include a number of extras as standard such as the A45’s night package, performance seats, and the Dynamic Plus vehicle dynamics control system.
Under the hood remains the familiar turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder fitted to all Mercedes-AMG compacts. Peak output registers at 375 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, with drive going to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a differential lock. That’s enough for 0-62 mph acceleration in just 4.2 seconds.
Sadly, since the A45, along with the rest of the Mercedes A-Class range, isn’t sold in the United States, this A45 World Champion Edition will have to remain forbidden fruit.