Brabus boosts Mercedes-AMG A 45 hot hatch with new tuning pack

Visual and engine upgrades turn the smallest AMG into even more of a firecracker

The Mercedes-AMG A 45 is already a pretty mental hot hatchback, especially when you consider what we thought 'hot' not so long ago. It used to be 200bhp was a hefty amount of power for such a small car, but even an unmodified A 45 offers a seemingly incredible 376bhp - or 354bhp in a pre-facelift model. Now though, famed Mercedes tuner Brabus is turning up the wick on the A 45 offering to boost the car up to 395bhp with the B45 PowerXtra module.

Power is lifted and the torque figure now stands at a staggering 369lb ft. Brabus is unclear on how exactly this power upgrade has been achieved but has revealed that the car benefits from a new sports exhaust. We also suspect that some form of remap has taken place to aid in raising the power.

> Mercedes-AMG A 45 review

The car also receives aerodynamic and visual enhancements. A new custom rear diffuser is fitted as well as new 19” Brabus Monoblock R Red/Black wheels. They may not be to everyone tastes but they do at least suit the attitude of the car.

If retrofitted, an old A 45 could be just as fast at the new facelifted car. Both cars will reach 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds making them only a tenth slower to 60 than an Audi RS3. This was serious sports car pace in the pages of recent history.

> Brabus Bullit review

Brabus is yet to quote the price required to receive the upgrade, but it’s likely to be less expensive than premium required to upgrade to the new facelifted A45. So if performance was your only reason for wanting the new facelifted model, this may be a better option.

Brabus also offer upgrades for other A-class models within the rage. An increase of just over 30bhp is available for both A180 and A250 petrol models. The A200 CDI and A220 CDI diesel models receive power increases of 33bhp and 39bhp respectively. These upgrades lower down the range are likely to be the most used kits and stand to make the A-class range more desirable and a serious contender. Still want that new Audi RS3?

Recommended

Mercedes Vision EQXX Concept previews efficient new generation of EVs
Mercedes EQXX Concept – front quarter static
Mercedes

Mercedes Vision EQXX Concept previews efficient new generation of EVs

Next generation of Mercedes-Benz’s compact electric models previewed by sleek new EQXX Concept
4 Jan 2022
Mercedes-AMG EQE53 spied – all-electric exec to pack extra punch
Mercedes-AMG EQE53 proto – front quarter
Mercedes

Mercedes-AMG EQE53 spied – all-electric exec to pack extra punch

AMG’s take on the EQE should mimic the larger EQS, but don’t expect a Taycan Turbo S-rival
22 Oct 2021
Mercedes-AMG Project One production to commence mid-2022
AMG Project 1 at Munich
Mercedes

Mercedes-AMG Project One production to commence mid-2022

AMG’s F1-derived hypercar nearly ready to battle Aston Martin Valkyrie and GMA T.50
14 Oct 2021
Mercedes-AMG GT63 S E Performance revealed – 831bhp monster finally arrives
GT63 S E Performance
Mercedes

Mercedes-AMG GT63 S E Performance revealed – 831bhp monster finally arrives

It’s taken its time, but AMG has finally delivered a groundbreaking high performance PHEV
6 Sep 2021

Most Popular

Car pictures of the week
Maserati MC20
Maserati MC20 coupe

Car pictures of the week

In this week’s car pictures from issue 294, we look at the highlights from Jethro Bovingdon’s drive in the highly anticipated Maserati MC20
21 Jan 2022
Hot Aston Martin DBX to be the ‘most powerful luxury SUV’
Aston Martin DBX S
Aston Martin DBX

Hot Aston Martin DBX to be the ‘most powerful luxury SUV’

Aston’s high performance DBX to be revealed on Feb 1 and pack a whole lot more power
24 Jan 2022
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring 2022 review – pairing the magnificent 992 GT3 experience to a more subtle audience
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring eCoty – front tracking
Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche 911 GT3 Touring 2022 review – pairing the magnificent 992 GT3 experience to a more subtle audience

There are few, if any, more rewarding, engaging or intense experiences for those in pursuit of the thrill of driving
7 Jan 2022