Hello from Finland part I – Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG

I am in Helsinki since last Tuesday and I will spend end of December here, before flying back to Düsseldorf on 31st. My first thought when I booked my trip here for the Christmas holidays was that I will not book a press car this time. I am just going to relax – no driving, no stress, no work. Then I started thinking “but is there something available there that might be fun to book that I have not driven yet…”.

Of course there is, there always is.

I booked the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG for a week. Picked it up yesterday.

MercedesBenz A45 AMG

I think I am a little in love and I have said this about several cars I have driven, but honestly only about the ones that have that little extra. It sounds so good. Although the Z4 sDrive35i I recently had was a fun car too, this is suddenly a completely different experience – I mean the AMG engine sounds magical even though it is “only” a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder – but with 360 bhp. I got a small tour in the AMG factory earlier this year and saw the production lines, all the signed engines, all the details… Beautiful. If I would buy a Mercedes-Benz, it would have to be an AMG.

We did some video shooting and sound recording today, I really hope that the quality of the sound clips are good – because this is a car that you need to hear. It is nice to look at as well, but it is the popping sounds I go crazy about. Pop pop pop pop when you downshift and then you push down the gas pedal and aaaaah… Fantastic engine, I will show a video later.

A45 AMG back

The car I drive is a 81.000€ car here in Finland (with the options this specific car has, A45 AMG in Finland starts from 68.000€), it is insane. There is no way I can write it is worth that price and this is not Mercedes-Benz fault obviously, the A45 AMG starts at 48.000€ in Germany! We can blame the tax system in Finland instead. But it is a problem to drive this type of sports cars in Finland with our speed limits. I drove the motorway today (speed limit is 120 km/h on all motorways in Finland, during winter 100 km/h) and just wanted to go faster because the car is made for that and it just begs you to enjoy yourself even more, and I can not do it here. I need an autobahn (or a track, but obviously if you would buy this to be your daily driver it would be fun if you could actually have fun with the 360 hp you paid for outside a track as well). This is a car you should enjoy in Germany. This is a car you should take on road trips, god damn it I would love to do a road trip with this car. But 81.000€ to use this car on only Finnish roads…? No… Stupid taxes.

MercedesBenz A45AMG

Written by Sara Norris
I'm Sara - a petrolhead, journalist, blogger, and photographer - with a passion for exploring the world's greatest driving roads in the best driver's cars. I'm the founder and CEO of the luxury driving tour company Colcorsa. At Colcorsa we create for our customers bespoke driving tours – an exclusive supercar driving experience on some of the best driving roads in Europe, in your dream performance car or classic car.