Mercedes A45 AMG vs Volkswagen Golf GTI vs BMW M135i - hot hatch mega test
We took the Mercedes A45 AMG to our favourite Welsh test route to meet the best hot hatches on sale. We know the Merc is hugely fast, but could it outhandle the Golf GTI and BMW M135i?
Mercedes A45 AMG driven flat out
The A45 was undoubtedly one of the standout moments of 2013. And with 335bhp, four-wheel drive and a claimed 4.6sec 0-62 time, it’s not hard to see why. Sutters took to the track to see if it could stake a claim to being the world’s first hyper-hatch.
Geneva motor show 2013
This year’s Geneva show was a homage to horsepower, with Ferrari showing its LaFerrari alongside Lamborghini’s Veneno, Rolls-Royce Wraith, Porsche 911 GT3 and, arguably the star of the show, McLaren’s P1.
Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6 - 536bhp, 6WD
Four-wheel drive not enough for you? AMG clearly thought so and shoehorned the G63 AMG’s running gear into a six-wheel drive G Wagen developed for the Australian military. Not a bad way to spend £380k.
Ferrari F12 Berlinetta flat-out
When Ferrari phone, offering a drive in an F12, you can’t really turn it down. And so Sutcliffe headed to Italy to sample the delights of the fastest front engine, rear-drive car ever to be made.
Lamborghini Aventador Roadster review
The Aventador Roadster is one of the finest cars Lamborghini has ever made. With extraordinary looks and a bombastic engine it turns more heads than almost any other car, even in Miami. And a 690bhp V12 helps too.
Maserati Quattroporte vs Jaguar XJ
The Quattroporte is one half or Maserati’s product offensive. But in producing a big, luxury saloon, it has to take on our class favourite, the Jaguar XJ. Can Italian charm beat the Jaguar’s superior ride? Sutters investigates.