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You’ll feel like a million bucks behind the wheel of this hot hatch

With 310kW, the ballistic Mercedes-AMG A 45 S is the most powerful hatch money can buy

Dennis Droppa

The Mercedes-AMG A 45 S has gone on sale in SA as the first million-rand hot hatch you can buy.

Now that dealers are allowed to sell cars again under revised Covid-19 lockdown conditions, the muscular compact Mercedes could be yours for R1,067,840.

It is a steep premium over rival high-performance hatchbacks, most of which retail between R600,000 and R700,000, but the Mercedes is also the most powerful of the breed, with outputs of 310kW and 500Nm, pummeling all opposition. The car that came closest was the Audi RS3 with 294kW and 480Nm, but it isn’t available in SA any more...

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