Check Out the Mercedes-AMG A45's Drift Mode in Action

AMG's Christmas gift to us is a supercut of sidways hatchback fun.


When we talked to AMG boss Tobias Moers at the LA Auto Show last month, he spilled some details on the upcoming Europe-only A45 hatch. The most interesting tidbit was the addition of a dedicated drift mode, seen on cars like the Focus RS and the company's own E63 S. Now, thanks to this Christmas-themed video AMG just dropped on its YouTube channel, we get to see it in action for the first time.

Thanks to a unique 4Matic all-wheel drive system and some clever ECU tuning, the camouflaged A45 hatch has absolutely no trouble getting sideways on camera. Filmed a the ATP Automotive Testing center in Papenburg, Germany, the car can be seen clipping gravel traps and laying down dark patches of rubber in spectacular fashion. From the looks of the car's steering angle in some of these shots, it seems to act a lot like the Focus RS, sending power to both the front and rear axles to perform a sort of all-wheel drive slide.

Moers wouldn't tell us exactly how the system works, so we'll just have to wait for the A45's official unveil to find out more. While the car certainly isn't coming to the US in hatchback form, it'll probably make it here as a sedan, meaning we could get an A45 drift mode of our own.

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