Affalterbach’s latest A45 has the world’s highest specific output production four-cylinder, making it one of the most capable hot hatches on the market today. A number of tuners have applied an ECU tune to find even greater numbers, but German firm Posaidon has taken matters up a notch further with its A45 RS 525.
416bhp and 369lb ft of torque are what you receive from the factory in the A45 S, numbers that wouldn’t have looked out of place in a supercar not too long ago. Thanks to the brand’s 4Matic all-wheel-drive system and an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, this power is translated into a 3.9sec 0-62mph time and a 168mph top speed.
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This, however, is not enough for some. In Posaidon’s two-tier upgrade, out goes AMG’s turbocharger and in goes an uprated unit, helping to increase efficiency and hurl even more boost at the 2.0-litre four-pot. To ensure everything works in harmony, both the engine and gearbox see software tweaks, with the final result being an output of 518bhp and 443lb ft of torque. Yes, from a 2-litre four cylinder...
Thanks to an extra 102bhp and 74lb ft over factory, the ‘A45 RS 525’ will cover the 0-62mph sprint in a quoted 3.4sec, sooner than even the £188,345 AMG GT R Pro. More impressive still is its monumental 201mph (quoted) top speed, a number that also exceeds that of the brand’s aforementioned flagship.
For those that would like to see their engine in one piece for a little longer, more conventional ECU tunes can also be had, bringing output to a still-bonkers 459bhp and 413lb ft of torque, enough for a 3.6sec 0-62mph time and 198mph top speed.
Later this year, the brand will launch its own high-performance braking system to help tame the additional power, with a new exhaust system, uprated turbocharger and full-carbon 20” wheels, weighing just 4.9kg a piece, also in the pipeline.
Though details are yet to be revealed, the tuner has also said that ‘further projects’ are under development, with a more powerful ‘plus’ model to be released at a later date. Let’s hope it includes a reinforced grab handle...
All of the above can be applied to any of Mercedes-AMG’s new 45 models sporting the M139 unit. Pricing can be had upon application.