Nothing gets the crowd all riled up like a go-fast Mercedes-Benz compact car these days, and here to continue the modern tradition is the newly-launched V177 Mercedes-AMG A 35 4Matic Sedan. The fully-imported A 35 retails at RM348,888 on-the-road without insurance.

Power comes from a more potent M260 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol (plucked from the A 250), tuned to produce an impressive 306 hp at 5,800 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 3,000 to 4,000 rpm. A seven-speed AMG Speedshift 7G dual-clutch transmission is standard, rocketing the compact sedan from 0-100 km/h in 4.8 seconds when Race-Start launch control is engaged. The variable AMG Performance 4Matic all-wheel drive system is standard.

To complement the extra grunt, the A 35 Sedan gets uprated suspension with unique axle geometry, aluminium control arms, adaptive a four-link rear suspension setup taken from the outgoing A 45, adaptive dampers all round, additional diagonal bracing to improve turn-in, toe and camber stability, as well as larger cross-drilled brake discs (350 mm up front, 330 mm behind).

Suspension continues to be provided by MacPherson struts at the front – with unique axle geometry and lightweight aluminium control arms – and a four-link setup at the rear that uses components from the outgoing A 45. Local models also get adaptive dampers as part of the AMG Ride Control suspension, along with speed-sensitive electro-mechanical sports steering and AMG Dynamics torque vectoring by braking.

Other model-specific features include the full AMG Line styling package, huge 19-inch five-twin-spoke alloy wheels, twin 10.25-inch screens, Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system with the “Hey Mercedes” Linguatronic voice control, AMG instrument cluster, and AMG Performance steering wheel upholstered in Nappa leather and Dinamica microfibre.

The A 35 is also the first model in Malaysia to receive Mercedes me connect services, a series of internet-enabled features that will be rolled out to other future models. Find full specifications of the A 35 4Matic Sedan on CarBase.my.