Mercedes-Benz  A 45 AMG (W 176) 2013

A week after it was unveiled without an official pricetag, the Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG now has a confirmed Malaysian price. As it turns out, it falls far below the suggested “under RM400,000” pricepoint, finalising at RM348,888 (on-the-road without insurance).

In fact, that RM349k buys you a top-spec A 45 AMG Edition 1, no less. The special limited-run examples add on both the AMG Night package and the Aerodynamics package. Upsized matt black 19-inch wheels with 235/35 profile tyres, upgraded AMG high-performance brakes and louder AMG Performance exhaust system are all packaged in as well.

As you’d already know, the little rocket is equipped with the most powerful series production four-cylinder engine in the world. The hand-built M132 2.0 litre twin-scroll turbo engine offers a rather significant 360 hp at 6,000 rpm and 450 Nm at 2,250 to 5,000 rpm. As with all AMGs here, RON 97 fuel is recommended.

Mercedes-Benz  A 45 AMG (W 176) 2013

An AMG Speedshift DCT seven-speed dual-clutch sports transmission takes care of gearshifts, and the car comes with AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive as standard. Performance specs include a 0-100 km/h time of 4.6 seconds and an electronically-limited 250 km/h top speed.

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia is quick to quip that the A 45 AMG Edition 1 is priced at under RM1,000 per hp, and that it’s by far the most affordable proper AMG model sold here. The next step up is the RM782k C 63 AMG Coupe, which is more than twice as costly.

Would you consider this uber-hatch a bargain, then?