Mercedes-AMG is celebrating 55 years with a pair of special 45s.

    The performance arm of Mercedes-Benz is releasing Edition 55 special editions of the A45 S and CLA45 S.

    First arrivals will come late this year, and Mercedes-AMG will announce pricing closer to that time. Mercedes-AMG has also yet to reveal photos of the A45 S Edition 55.

    Both ride on distinctive 19-inch cross-spoke forged wheels finished in titanium grey and featuring a unique centre cap.

    The Edition 55 models also come standard with the AMG Aerodynamics, AMG Night and AMG Night II packages.

    The Aerodynamics package includes a front apron with a larger front splitter featuring additional flics, as well as an AMG rear wing, and deflector elements on the rear apron’s faux side air outlets. All are finished in high-gloss black.

    The two Night packages add yet more high-gloss black trim, including on the window line, belt line trim strip, badging and exterior mirror housings.

    The exhaust outlets and grille louvres are additionally finished in black chrome, while the window glass features a dark, heat-insulating tint.

    They’ll be offered in just two metallic finishes: Cosmos Black or Digital White. Regardless of colour, the Edition 55 models are emblazoned with decals featuring the AMG emblem and rhombus design.

    Open the door and you’ll find a cabin awash with red and black. There are two-tone leather AMG Performance seats, along with an AMG Performance steering wheel finished in Dinamica microfibre and finished with an Edition 55 badge and a black 12 o’clock marking.

    There are dark brushed aluminium trim pieces, as well as additional black and red accents.

    Finishing touches include door sill plates with ‘AMG’ lettering illuminated in red, and velour floor mats with red stitching.

    Mercedes-AMG will also include a branded indoor car cover with all Edition 55 models.

    While the company has yet to announce pricing, the standard A45 S is priced at $99,895 before on-roads and the CLA45 S is priced at $118,496 before on-roads.

    Both models are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine pumping out 310kW of power and 500Nm of torque, mated with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

    A version of this engine features in the new C43, while a more powerful, electrified version will be offered in the new C63.

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    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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