Mer­cedes-AMG A35

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The half­way-house AMG has made it to the A‘Class. While we wait for the hot one, this punchy A35 should whet the ap­petite, with a tur­bocharged 2.0-litre four-cylin­der crank­ing out 302bhp and 295lb ft via a seven-speed dual-clutch ‘box and 4Matic all-wheel drive. That’s good for a 4.7sec 0‘62mph launch – the same as the now-out­go­ing Fo­cus RS – but the 4Matic sys­tem has a fron­twheel bias dur­ing reg­u­lar driv­ing and no drift mode. AMG-tuned axle ge­om­e­try should help quell torques­teer. Along with the DTM-in­spired dive planes and rear wing on the out­side, there’s a Porsche-style ro­tary switch for the drive se­lect sys­tem on the steer­ing wheel and an AMG-tweaked MBUX sys­tem.

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