The Mercedes-AMG Petronas 2015 World Champion Edition is available in three shades of gray or silver offset by teal and black accents inspired by the Silver Arrows livery. The aero kit is also upgraded with a new front splitter and rear roof spoiler. Inside, it comes standard with sports seats in leather and microfiber, and both Mercedes' Night and Dynamic Plus packages are standard. There's also special trim and and badging, and it all runs on unique 19-inch wheels.
The 2.0-liter turbo four carries over with 381 horsepower, as introduced in the recently upgraded A45. That's more muscle than even the Focus RS, but unlike the Ford, this Mercedes isn't offered stateside. Here we have to suffice with the GLA45 crossover and CLA45 sedan, which pack the same engine, but different body styles.
The 65,402.40-euro ($69,216.34) asking price may seem like a lot for an A-Class, but it's considerably more accessible than the special-edition SL63 roadsters with which the German team celebrated last year. This is the second year running that Mercedes took both the drivers' and constructors' championships in F1, with Lewis Hamilton re-crowned champion and Nico Rosberg coming in second. Out of 18 rounds already held, Mercedes won 15, with one race still to go. If it wins this weekend in Abu Dhabi, it will match its run from last year, when it took 16 out of 19 grand prix victories.
Affalterbach, Nov 26, 2015
Affalterbach. It doesn't get any better: with victory in the constructors' world championship as well as the drivers' championship plus runner-up titles clocked up by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team has achieved the ultimate in motorsport's champion's league in 2015. To mark the end of the season Mercedes-AMG is celebrating this outstanding team achievement with an exclusive special model: the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS 2015 World Champion Edition of the A 45 4MATIC blends the expressive Formula 1 look of the victorious Silver Arrows with particularly extensive and unique equipment.
A Silver Arrow for everyday: with the ingenious streamlining package, the large 19‑inch wheels and the characteristic foiling the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS 2015 World Champion Edition is taking the Formula 1 success from the race track to the road. "With the World Champion Edition we would like to share with our customers our delight and pride in the strong performance of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team," said Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG. "This is a way for every fan to share the success of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg."
The striking external characteristic of the exclusive edition of the A 45 is the hallmark foiling with petrol green and black highlights in the design of the winning F1 W06 HYBRID super model. Then there is the ingenious streamlining package. At the front it includes a larger splitter and special flics and there is the roof spoiler at the tail end, also inspired by motorsport's champion's league. Available for selection as paintwork for the edition are mountain grey metallic, designo mountain grey magno and polar silver metallic.
To match there are 19-inch cross-spoke wheels painted in titanium grey and accentuated with a petrol green rim flange. Further equipment includes the Night package, the AMG Performance seats, the AMG Exclusive package plus the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package.
Exclusive interior with motorsport citations
The interior also radiates a racing atmosphere. The exclusive distinguishing feature is a high-quality badge on the lid of the stowage compartment with the official lettering of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team. The electronically adjustable Performance sports seats in leather/DINAMICA microfibre offer increased lateral support even in fast, dynamic bends and immediately attract attention with their exclusive striped design. The fine petrol green topstitching on the armrests and dashboard, the petrol green rings in the air vents plus the seat belts, also with petrol green highlight strips, round off the high-quality impression. The Performance steering wheel in DINAMICA microfibre boasts petrol green topstitching and a 12 o'clock mark in the same colour.
The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS 2015 World Champion Edition is celebrating its world premiere as part of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in Yas Marina on 26 November 2015 and from January 2016 it will be available for a limited time, until May 2016. The price in Germany is 65,402.40 euros (incl. 19% VAT), 66,818.50 euros in conjunction with the designo mountain grey magno matt paint.
With a maximum output of 280 kW (381 hp), the Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC is the most powerful compact athlete in the world. Thanks to the standard-fit AMG Performance all-wheel drive and the front axle differential lock, the special edition brings power to the road slip-free: 100 km/h is already reached from a standstill in 4.2 seconds.