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Mercedes-Benz A 35 L: AMG Evangelist in China

Source: China Automotive News Network | 2020-01-21 08:37:10
About a year ago, when the GT R, the flagship model of the AMG family, was just launched, I was lucky enough to test drive for a few days. The feeling of sitting in the cab at that time was like reverently kneeling in front of a great historical stone monument, looking up, the stone monument soaring into the clouds but not seeing its top.

China Automotive News. About a year ago, when the GT R, the flagship model of the AMG family, was just launched, I was lucky enough to test drive for a few days. The feeling of sitting in the cab at that time was like reverently kneeling in front of a great historical stone monument, looking up, the stone monument soaring into the clouds but not seeing its top. The monument is the history and glory of the AMG family.

What is still impressive is that the new set of Michelin Pilot Sport CUP 2 tires on the AMG GT R is horrifying. When the vehicle is driving at low speed, it can clearly feel that the tires and the ground are engaged in a tough combat, like in Growl.

But that is also the most "unpleasant" AMG I have ever drove. Except for the vanity of the street, which is surrounded by appearance and sound, the rest of the driving part is like drinking tea in a Mingchenghua Douji chicken bowl. .

The AMG GT R is so powerful that I even wonder if my driving skills and this everyday highway driving environment can show 1/100 of its full strength. This monster that was able to compete with the Porsche 911 GT2 RS in New Zealand has swallowed up all my energy effortlessly.

The so-called driving pleasure is relative. When the driver's personal ability is greater than or equal to the dynamic limit of the vehicle, driving pleasure can be obtained. When driving ability = vehicle limit, you will get 100% driving pleasure. To enjoy happiness, there are thresholds for driving skills.

Later, I saw the AMG GT R in the Mercedes-Benz 2020 snow and ice duel. Almost all members of the AMG family were there. It is still the leader. As Mr. Duan Jianjun, Chief Operating Officer of Sales and Marketing of Beijing Mercedes-Benz Sales & Service Co., Ltd. said, it is definitely a generation-level super-run.

On a lake surface of minus 30 degrees, even if nail tires are installed, the coefficient of friction between the tire and the ice surface is very low, and every action of the driver on the ice surface will be magnified several times. The AMG GT R is even more rare, and the remaining C63, E53, GT S, GT63 ... are not good.

After a day of testing, among the many AMG products, the model that made me the happiest was: A 35 L 4MATIC. This is really not a vain self-consolation. Because this machine tuned by the AMG team is positioned as a more entry-level AMG model, not only is the price and power more entry-level, from another perspective, it also lowers the threshold of driving technology to enjoy AMG fun.

Jin Yong said: "The great heroes are nationals." The real generation of masters did not stand alone on the top of Huashan, and then waited for independence to wait for a talented young man to inherit the master's life. Instead, he held the sword down the mountain and passed the skill to the world.

The A 35 L 4MATIC is equipped with a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine model M260 with a maximum power of 225 kW and a peak torque of 400 N · m. It is equipped with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox and an acceleration time of 100 kilometers in 4.9 seconds. Although this engine does not have an AMG engineer's signature nameplate, it is definitely specially adjusted by the AMG engineer team. The AMG apple tree logo on the C pillar of the car is not posted in white.

This car's torque distribution can be either 100% front-drive or 50:50 between the front and rear axles. The electromechanical control multi-disc clutch integrated in the rear axle gearbox is responsible for variable torque between the front and rear axles distribution.

This set of power system tuned by the AMG team makes the body of the A 35 L very controllable on the ice. It stands to reason that the four-wheel drive vehicle should be very stiff and heavy in the drift state, but as long as you press the ESP button of the A 35 L to switch to Handling Mode, this A 35 L will be like a fish in the water.

Before entering the curve, stepping on the accelerator deeply, the transmission will immediately complete the downshift, raise the engine speed, and use the throttle to regulate the vehicle in the curve. Then as long as you hit the direction to make the body slip, and quickly reverse the direction after the roll angle is sufficient, hit the throttle, and the body will obediently roll around the bend.

The depth of the throttle can finely control the distance between the front and the center of the curve. After the last corner, as long as you let the steering wheel straighten itself, you will get a very good body posture.

In the process of entering and leaving the curve numerous times, the A 35 L is not only well-calibrated for the gearbox and the engine, but also has a fast downshift speed. It also allows me to feel that the cooperation between all parts of the entire vehicle is very tacit, without any clutter, and can understand the driver's intentions subtly. This is a typical AMG flavor training style.

In addition to the powertrain, the suspension of the A 35 L is still very interesting. The AMG A 35 L 4MATIC uses a front McPherson rear 4-link suspension design. The sensitivity of front wheel steering comes from the unsprung mass reduced by the new aluminum fork arm. The 4-link rear axle is rigidly connected to the vehicle body through a sub-frame, and uses AMG fork arms, trailing arms, wheel frames and bearings, which ensure maximum driving stability and agility.

The A 35 L is definitely a complete AMG. From the overall design and tuning style, it is in the same vein as the big brothers. This is a car that can get a lot of driving pleasure with simple operation. The joy of it is that you can completely control it, and the controllability is very high. To some extent it has increased my awareness of driving pleasure.

Compared with the big brother above it, A 35 L is less rigid and more delicate. It's less domineering, but more lively. It's a little lower, but a bit more forgiving. It may not be as fast as those sparkling AMG predecessors on the track, but this car is extremely creative and fun to drive.

It is a model that enables most driving enthusiasts to fully experience the fun of AMG. Because although its limit is not as high as the AMG GT, it is absolutely sufficient for the average driver. The best weapon is not the longest one, but the one that is most in hand.

In this sense, it is AMG that lowers the threshold of enjoying its driving technology and is the evangelist of AMG in China.

AMG is a guru who has "crossed the hills" and it no longer needs to prove himself to the limit. What it has to do now is to make more people feel the joy of driving AMG, instead of shaping one totem in the cloud. Just like the meaning of art is to make people feel, not to let people never have it.

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