Mercedes-AMG A45 S Beats Ford Mustang GT At Hockenheim GP

A compact hot hatch beating a muscle car on the track? Surely there must be some kind of sorcery (tuning) involved, right? Actually, there isn’t, but then again, this is not your run-of-the-mill hot hatch, but the king of the segment, the 2020 Mercedes-AMG A45 S.

With a whopping 415 horsepower (421 PS / 310 kW) and 369 pound-feet (500 Nm) of torque produced by a 2.0-liter, turbo-four and delivered to the road by the 4Matic+ AWD system through an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the A45 S is an absolute beast in a straight line acceleration.

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From rest to 62 mph (0-100 km/h), it needs a neck-snapping 3.9 seconds, 0.3 seconds FASTER than the Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder, and can max out at 270 km/h (168 mph).

Now, the amazing hatch from Stuttgart is very quick on the test track too, with SportAuto achieving a time of 2:00,70 at the Hockenheim GP. Professional driver Uwe Sener bravely raced it against the clock on the German circuit, beating some well-established vehicles.

According to FastestLaps, the A45 S was 0.2 seconds quicker than the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S, and half a second faster than the V8-powered Ford Mustang GT. With the same driver behind the wheel, the Alpine A110 ran the course in 2:01.90 and the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR in 2:03.60. Remember the Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 Black Series? It ran the course in 2:01.93, and the Audi R8 4.2 FSI in 2:00.65.

If speaking about the impressive achievement of Merc’s hatchback doesn’t get your heart racing, then perhaps seeing the video of the run from the cockpit will. So, without further ado, head on down and click the play button.


  • Mr. EP9

    Yes, a hyper hatch being faster than a Mustang GT on a race track is quite common as raw power doesn’t equate to faster lap times. The Mustang Bullit, on the other hand, makes up for the GT’s obvious shortcomings.

    • Hey Jim, where is The Abyss?

      Yes, incredible performance by the Bullet, really the only interesting detail of this post.

  • to be fair, the track does have more corners than starighlines…

  • Matt

    More interesting than it beating the Mustang (not surprising) is that the AMG posted the same time as the Megane Trophy, which is only FWD and 120bhp down, although it does weigh 200kg less. That’s actually interesting…

  • wtvlol

    That understeer

  • jimie orleg

    This went against the Mustang, PP2?
    If not, who cares…………….

  • Kagan

    Doesn’t look good on the list!

  • Kagan

    The first 2 corners look slowmotion, it must be seconds faster!

  • Matt

    Both cars mentioned in the headline had the same driver for their lap.

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