Merc A45 AMG 1

Back in August, a black-coloured example of the Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG was sighted at JPJ Putrajaya undergoing type approval. The pocket rocket hasn’t been officially launched yet, but we believe its arrival should be quite soon. The white car you see here was spotted in Langkawi by reader Richard K.

When it arrives here, the 2013 Geneva debutant will join the A 200 and A 250 Sport and sit at the top of the third-gen W176 A-Class range. It’s equipped with a hand-built AMG 2.0 litre twin-scroll turbo four-pot, and the M132 is good for 360 hp at 6,000 rpm and 450 Nm at 2,250 to 5,000 rpm.

An AMG Speedshift DCT seven-speed dual-clutch sports transmission is directly flange-mounted on the transversely-installed lump, with AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive present. Performance specs include a 0-100 km/h time of 4.6 seconds and an electronically-limited 250 km/h top speed.

Prior to the W176 A-Class being launched in Malaysia, a sales advisor posted a pre-launch booking listing on oto.my, with an indicative price of RM338,888 for the A 45 AMG. Seeing as he got the RM199k and RM239k price tags right for the A200 and A250 Sport, he might also have gotten it right for this one, but we’ll know when the time comes. In any case, it’ll definitely be cheaper in Langkawi.