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So folks,seems I'm the first to post in this section (with the exception of the post announcing this section of course!).
And yesterday, 4 days after the Yeti was collected by Skoda Finance, I collected this...



It's just a wee bit different to the Yeti. It has 4x4, 7 speed dual-clutch automatic (not dissimilar to DSG), Panoramic roof & a 2.0 engine, but that's about where the similarities end.

This one is 381hp, does 0-60 in 4.2 seconds and comes with adjustable everything - suspension, throttle response, steering weight, even exhaust note!

Not your average Yeti replacement I'll grant you, but the Yeti really marked the last in the line of our "family" cars which started with a 1997 Fiat Marea Weekend (estate), then we had 1999Renault Scenic, 2003Vauxhall Zafira, 2006 Ford S-max& 2014Skoda Yeti.

Since the lad is now grown up, has his own car (Ford Ka)and off to uni next month, I have seized the chanceto return to the days before MPVs and SUVs when I was a bit of a petrol head with a back-catalogue of warm & hot-hatches including Clio V6, Clio Williams, various Ford RS/Cosworth models, Vauxhall GSi/VXR models etc. This may help you understand why my Yeti was so highly spec'd with the biggest output, paddleshift DSG, and dressed to look like a VRS...

I'd been eyeing up the AMG variant of the A-series for some time but mrs137699 had been so attached to the Yeti it was always going to be a tough ask to get her to agree to changing it, which his why we'd planned to buy it outright at the end of the PCP -but for well documented issues during the last 6 months of ownership she became disenchanted to keep it and as a result came around to the idea of changing it and agreeing we did not need such a big car this time around.

Being a hand built engine the AMG needs careful running in for the first 1000 miles - once that's passed I'll be able to open it up a bit more and really discover the potential pent up under that bonnet.

Today we're off on holiday for a week so that will allow it to stretch it's legs on the motorway and hopefully by the time we return most of those running-in miles will be complete.

Anyway... I'll be sticking around a while longer on here - if nothing else I have all the left over goodies from the Yeti to offload (see my for sale ad!).

Honoured to be the first one to post in this new forum!

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I love your A class AMG it looks brilliant and I looked at these but the lot lower spec one, it would of been very suitable for myself but not for the wife, I loved the build quality and the actual look of the beast. Congratulations for being the first proper post in this section, hope you do come back with various posts of how you are getting on with your Mercedes Benz and comparing it with your Yeti, good luck with the future and will read your posts.


You will have to alter your signature or add I now got an AMG!
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Nice looking car, wonder what its like in snow? I should imagine ground clearance will be the limiting factor, how does that stack up against the Yeti?
 

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Gorgeous looking car.

"does 0-60 in 4.2 seconds".......good grief, slightly different than the Yeti's 0-60 sometime this week
 

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Hi 137699.

I had a trip in my nephew's car (exact spec as yours) last week. I have had many performance cars over the years including a Caterham 7, but have been in nothing that performs like this thing. It is mind blowing. His is well run in and he was giving it yahoo. He partakes in motorsport and is an excellent driver. You are in for a great time with your new car.
 

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COR!!!!!!!

I wonder if the A series handbrake linkage is still glued on, my brother in laws fell off and applied the handbrake

Saw my ex boss's car a couple of days ago, he has a brand new AMG 63S estate. The sound is pure porn.Edited by: The Hood
 

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For the first real post on this section that's not a bad one! Looks gorgeous and hope that when you are back from holiday you let us know more about how it drives.
 

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Have to agree with the other comments. Whilst modern "sports" cars don't usually do it for me this one looks a cracker with performance to match.!
If you ever get up to the Midlands let me know as we have a little trackday from time to time ( sprint circuit so one at a time) with a range of nice motors - you'd be very welcome!
Look out for the speed cameras.......
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You'll be able to use the spoiler to stand your cuppa on while fitting your winter wheels - Is that right Hoodie ?? Ha !
 

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Just back from holidays. Car not missed a beat the whole trip. The 31mpg average of expensive super unleaded is a bit of a shock to the wallet after 3.5 years of 42-ish off the Yeti, though not too bad all things considered.

Not yet polished off the 1000 running in miles so still using the power sparingly... hopefully the shackles will come off next week!
 

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It has most things - have fitted a rear boot lip protector, a little AMG badge for the drive select controller and a parking ticket clip (one of the Yeti's most unexpectedly useful features).
On order is a clutch pedal footrest,centre console cubby organiser and some wiring components to hardwire in the dash cam. We may have to change the seats also as mrs137699 is finding the AMG "performance" bucket seats too uncomfortable with her back injury.

That aside, no other major plans for it - yet!
 

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Just a quick update from me also.... just drove the A45 over the snake pass from Sheffield to Glossop. Must have been going quick enough as overtook a couple of motorbikes along the way. Never had so much fun over that road - levels of grip unbelievable and ability to squirt the throttle on short straights and overtake safely where the Yeti never could...
Mind you, averaged 8.1mpg over the run.... ouch!
 

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Beachball said:
Enjoy your new AMG
I've enjoyed 8000 miles in it so far at an average of 32.8mpg which isn't too shabby for what it is.

The best return I have had has been 48.7mpg while driving like a saint, the worse a paltry 8.1mpg while blatting across the snake pass.

When the "Loud" pedal is pressed firmly the performance really is exceptional.
 

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Did they supply the picnic to go on the picnic table at the back?Lovely looking car apart from that revolting (IMHO) whale tail.
Probably only has any effect at 100+ so pretty pointless.
 

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It looks awful with an ugly profile, boy racer decals, a gross spoiler and performance way beyond use anywhere other than autobahns. I don't get it at all.
 

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I was going to be as complimentary (!) as Jimmy, but I didn't want to invoke wrath.
But actually I dont think he's far off the mark
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