German tuner extraordinaire, Vath, has made a living building some of the most impressive Mercedes programs this side of Brabus.
Recently, Vath added another program to its growing portfolio, this time for the 2013 Mercedes A-Class. The program is actually based on the A250 and comes with a host of upgrades that give new life to the German automaker’s resident sports hatchback.
To be fair, the A-Class already looks pretty good in standard guise, but it certainly looks better with Vath’s aerodynamic program. The carbon front spoiler lip (€1416 / $1,840) adds sporty aggression to the sports hatch while the car’s brakes were improved with the addition of stainless-steel brake lines and Castrol SRF racing brake fluid. Rounding out the list of exterior enhancements is a set of 19-inch wheels and tires (€2,545 / $3,310) and lowering springs (€333 / $433) that drop the car’s height by 30mm (1.18 inches).
Inside, there are not a whole lot of upgrades, but at least there’s a new sports steering wheel to go with several wood and carbon applications inside the cabin.
Moving to the engine, Vath kept the A250’s 2.0-liter gasoline engine, but thanks to a remapped ECU unit (€940 / $1,222) and the installation of a 270 EVO downpipe system, a stainless-steel, 200-cell tri-metal catalyst and a rear silencer (all priced at €5,450 / $7,090), the tuner was able to improve the output all the way to 245 horsepower and 287 pound-feet of torque. Those new output numbers translate to a 0-to-100km/h (62 mph) time of just 5.9 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.
It does not require any discussion at the point that the third generation of the A-Class by Mercedes-Benz has only relatively little to do with the entry model from autumn 1997. The new, not only in-house W 176 called A-class builds on the modular front-wheel drive architecture of the B-Class instead on the sandwich floor assembly of the previous model. Almost tangy and cheeky is the significantly broader, but less high form language of the compact car, but it cannot deny its origin from the design studios of the Daimler AG. The A-Class is certainly "grown up".
The company VÄTH in the Bavarian Hoesbach near Aschaffenburg has written on the flags both automotive and engine technology, which means nothing more than a full service that is available if it is needed. This is what happened with the already from house lively A-Class A 250 of the latest production. The optimization of the engine electronics in the new actual state V25 comes up with 245 hp (or 180 kW), 390 Nm of torque, a sprint in 5.9 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h and a maximum speed of 250 km /h (940.10 Euros) after the individual fine tuning. The exhaust system of the engine consists of an exhaust back pressure reducing and thus performance enhancing Downpipe system 270 EVO with 200 cell tri-metal catalyst made of stainless steel (2011.10 Euros) and a rear silencer system made of stainless steel with valve control at the press of a button (3439.10 Euros).
The sporty and yet comfortable and safe lowering with 30-mm springs is quite advantageous for the driving dynamics (333.20 Euros). At the performance figures of this A-Class it is the credit of VÄTH that a break optimization with stainless steel brake lines and Castrol SRF racing brake fluid including the essential TÜV report (464.10 Euro) is considered. The 19-inch wheel set in 8.5 and 9.5x19 inch is adequately equipped with tires measuring 235/35ZR19 and 255/30ZR19 (2545.65 Euros). Furthermore, a carbon fiber front spoiler lip made of high quality visible carbon is installed to improve the aerodynamics, this means less boost with sporty and noble visual appearance (1416.10 Euros).
In the interior there is a sports steering wheel in leather/leather design to be mentioned, on request it is also available with carbon or fine wood applications.
The professional team at VÄTH from Hoesbach presents in this case as well - as might be expected - a perfectly successful interpretation of the recently fresh released "Benjamin" of the Mercedes-Benz family by the precise link between automotive and engine technology.