Revamped into a more traditional hatchback in 2012, the third-generation A-Class received its first mid-cycle make over in 2015. Although updates were rather mild on the standard model, Mercedes did offer a Motorsport Edition version that paid homage to the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One team, which won the manufacturers championship in 2014 and, at the time of the hatchback’s release, was on its way to win the 2015 season as well. With the 2015 title already in the bag as of November, Mercedes is celebrating by launching the A45 Champions Edition, a limited-edition model with exclusive features inside and out.

Described as a Silver Arrow for everyday driving, the A45 Champions Edition benefits from all the updates that come with the facelifted model, including the updated 2.0-liter four-cylinder under the hood.

Launched ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in Yas Marina, the final race of the 2015 Formula One season, the A45 Champions Edition will be available only for a limited time. The hatch will go on sale starting January 2016 and will be retired just five months later, in May 2016. Unfortunately, since the standard A45 isn’t sold in the United States, neither will the Champions Edition. Keep reading to find out what you’re missing.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC Champions Edition.

  • 2016 Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC Champions Edition
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    381
  • Torque @ RPM:
    350
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.2 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    € 65402
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What makes the Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC Champions Edition special

The first detail that catches the eye when looking at the Champions Edition is the unique livery that reminds of the Mercedes-AMG Formula One car. Available in one of three exterior colors — Mountain Grey Metallic, Deisgno Mountain Grey Magno, and Polar Silver Metallic — each hatchback is adorned by Petrol Green and black highlights similar to those seen on the F1 car. The engine hood and the roof have offset stripes, the sides are decorated above the side skirts, while the rear fascia features green decals underneath the taillights and on the bumper.

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But the green-and-black livery isn’t the only thing that makes the Champions Edition special. The hatchback also received an aero-enhancing body kit consisting of a larger front splitter, bumper-mounted canards, and a big roof spoiler. Needless to say, this is the most aggressive A45 hatch Mercedes has developed to date.

Rounding off the exterior is a set of 19-inch, cross-spoke wheels finished in Titanium Grey and highlighted by a Petrol Green rim flange.

The interior also received a lot of attention. The hatch is equipped with the optional AMG Performance seats, which are wrapped in leather and Dinamica microfiber and feature an exclusive design with white and Petrol Green stripes and green stitching. More Petrol Green accents can be found on the armrests dashboard, and steering wheel as contrast stitching and on the seatbelts as thin side stripes. The air vents rings are also green, as is the 12-o’clock mark on the steering wheel. Lastly, the cabin features is a high-quality badge on the lid of the stowage compartment in the center console with the official lettering of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One team. The badge wears the Mercedes-Benz and AMG emblems and says "World Champion 2015."

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Not surprisingly, the drivetrain remained unchanged, but that shouldn’t be upsetting to customers given the A45 has just received an important update. The turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder cranks out 381 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful hot-hatch on the market. Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes only 4.2 seconds, while top speed is limited at 155 mph. Despite being quick and powerful, the A45 boasts strong fuel economy, needing only 6.9 liters of gasoline every 100 km (or the equivalent of 34 U.S. mpg). The engine mates to a revised AMG seven-speed DCT and Merc’s 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.

The AMG A45 Champions Edition costs €65,402 (about $69,370) in Germany, including VAT. For the Designo Mountain Grey Magno matt paint, customers will have to fork another €1,416 (around $1,500). For reference, the standard A45 model retails from €51,051 (about $54,150).

Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC

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Read our full review on the Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC here.

Press Release

It doesn’t get any better: with victory in the constructors’ world championship as well as the drivers’ championship plus runner-up titles clocked up by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team has achieved the ultimate in motorsport’s champion’s league in 2015. To mark the end of the season Mercedes-AMG is celebrating this outstanding team achievement with an exclusive special model: the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS 2015 World Champion Edition of the A 45 4MATIC blends the expressive Formula 1 look of the victorious Silver Arrows with particularly extensive and unique equipment.

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A Silver Arrow for everyday: with the ingenious streamlining package, the large 19‑inch wheels and the characteristic foiling the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS 2015 World Champion Edition is taking the Formula 1 success from the race track to the road. "With the World Champion Edition we would like to share with our customers our delight and pride in the strong performance of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team," said Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG. "This is a way for every fan to share the success of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg."
The striking external characteristic of the exclusive edition of the A 45 is the hallmark foiling with petrol green and black highlights in the design of the winning F1 W06 HYBRID super model. Then there is the ingenious streamlining package. At the front it includes a larger splitter and special flics and there is the roof spoiler at the tail end, also inspired by motorsport’s champion’s league. Available for selection as paintwork for the edition are mountain grey metallic, designo mountain grey magno and polar silver metallic.
To match there are 19-inch cross-spoke wheels painted in titanium grey and accentuated with a petrol green rim flange. Further equipment includes the Night package, the AMG Performance seats, the AMG Exclusive package plus the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package.

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Exclusive interior with motorsport citations
The interior also radiates a racing atmosphere. The exclusive distinguishing feature is a high-quality badge on the lid of the stowage compartment with the official lettering of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team. The electronically adjustable Performance sports seats in leather/DINAMICA microfibre offer increased lateral support even in fast, dynamic bends and immediately attract attention with their exclusive striped design. The fine petrol green topstitching on the armrests and dashboard, the petrol green rings in the air vents plus the seat belts, also with petrol green highlight strips, round off the high-quality impression. The Performance steering wheel in DINAMICA microfibre boasts petrol green topstitching and a 12 o’clock mark in the same colour.
The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS 2015 World Champion Edition is celebrating its world premiere as part of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in Yas Marina on 26 November 2015 and from January 2016 it will be available for a limited time, until May 2016. The price in Germany is 65,402.40 euros (incl. 19% VAT), 66,818.50 euros in conjunction with the designo mountain grey magno matt paint.

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With a maximum output of 280 kW (381 hp), the Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC is the most powerful compact athlete in the world. Thanks to the standard-fit AMG Performance all-wheel drive and the front axle differential lock, the special edition brings power to the road slip-free: 100 km/h is already reached from a standstill in 4.2 seconds.

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