Mercedes-Benz A-Class FL Motorsport Edition Petronas 1

Here’s another look at the Motorsport Edition that was announced for the facelifted form of the W176 Mercedes-Benz A-Class when the mid-cycle refresh was unveiled in June – the specially-kitted version was part of the AMG Drive Experience presentation at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz in Klettwitz, Germany, and was shown in two forms, an A 250 Sport and and an A 250 Sport 4MATIC.

The new design line – styled with Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 overtones – is available as an option for all regular engined variants of the A-Class from the A 200 and A 200 d onwards. Unfortunately, you can’t get a Mercedes-AMG A 45 dressed up in such a manner, though the pre-facelift managed its own unique version in the form of the limited-run A 45 AMG Petronas Green Edition for Japan.

No mechanical changes otherwise. With regards to the A250 Sport, as mentioned previously, the variant now gets a small power bump from 211 hp to 218 hp, with torque output remaining unchanged at 350 Nm. The A 250 Sport seen at Klettwitz was equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, which is new to the car (previously DCT only).

Dress up bits include a rear aerofoil, 19-inch multi-spoke AMG light-alloy Design 787 wheels and a designo Mountain Grey magno exterior shade, with petrol green elements providing highlights – the colour can be found adorning the front and rear bumper trim, the flanges of the wheels, the rear aerofoil and on the side mirror covers.

Inside, the air vent surrounds are also finished in petrol green, and the shade also provides contrast in the form of topstitching. The seats, which are upholstered in black leather and Dinamica microfibre, feature an unmissable petrol green decorative runner strip, and the colour also makes its way on as edge trim on the seat belts.

All this particular flair will cost a bit, of course – depending on the engine variant, going the Motorsport Edition route will cost buyers an additional 4,850 to 6,300 euros (RM23,700 to RM30,700). While you can forget about the manual transmission option, do you think the edition would do well here?