In order to make a hatchback that can handle the Nürburgring, Mercedes handed the A-Class over to their AMG division. Adding a more rigid suspension, massive wheels and a body kit, all propelled by a new engine that utilizes F1 technology and a Heldex all-wheel drive system.
The new Mercedes A45 AMG has been at the Nürburgring undergoing testing and as you can see from the photos captured by a spy photographer, the testing didn’t quite go as planned.
The Mercedes A 45 AMG prototype, with its new 330bhp 2.0-litre turbo engine and all-wheel-drive system with AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed dual clutch transmission, crashed on the Nordschleife in a very high speed part of the ring. According to eyewitnesses, the car was doing over 100 mph, when it came out of the Fuchsröhre, and then crashed into the right guardrail. The front end was heavily damaged, as were parts of the rear and the front window. The airbags were also deployed, which is probably a large part of why the driver was not injured and walked away from the car on his own.
The Mercedes A 45 AMG is scheduled for its public debut in early 2013. Also interesting to note is that one of the emergency vehicles is a Dodge, strange considering the Nürburgring’s location. Thanks to our good friend Andrus and GMotors.co.uk for the tip.