You’ve heard it before… red means stop, green means go and yellow means go faster. That’s precisely what this A250 does
Yes, we know you’re supposed to slow down when the lights turn yellow but in reality, do you actually mash the brakes or the throttle? Yeah, we stomp on the latter too though everyone knows it’s not good road safety practices. With that whole “new year, new me” mantra doing the rounds again, let’s try to be safer on the road.
While you work on that, this Mercedes-Benz A250 will be leaving you in its rear-view mirror courtesy of some choice upgrades under its bright yellow skin that does nothing to ruin its practicality, comfort and refinement as a daily driver.
Now a generation old, the W176 A-Class is still quite a formidable little hatch and the A250 rolled out with just north of 200hp and a quick seven-speed dual-clutch box that made it quite zippy and nimble on the road.
With the new generation now on sale, prices for the previous gen have been plummeting and are now ripe for tuning to get the most out of them. Here, the 2.0-litre turbo four engine hasn’t been fettled with much mechanically.
A BMC Italy drop-in air filter and SuperCircuit complete exhaust system are the only two mechanical additions. Pop the hood and everything appears bone stock. Only the exhaust note would be a giveaway.
However, the ECU has been touched up with a ProjectA Stage 2 remap. Apart from the extra boost and subsequent additional power, the remap also serves up a better balance between docile daily driving and giving it the full beans during weekend drives.
If there was one downside to the A-Class previously, it would be the stiff ride. Mercedes-Benz may have overdone it a little in aiming for sporty handling. To rectify that, this A250 now rides on a set of Zerone SSR550 twintube coilovers. Completing the handling upgrades are every single chassis bar Ultra Racing produces for the A-Class.
You can never go wrong with beefier brakes even if your car is stock. More ponies under the hood meant in went Nashin N5 six-piston calipers up front that clamp on 355mm floating rotors. Doing their best to keep them out of view are a set of Vorsteiner V-FF 107 wheels in a square 19×8.5 sizing with a modest +45 offset.
Keeping with the daily driver theme, the interior is as it left the factory. Not a single thing has been done and why should it? The seats are supportive enough from the factory and the steering is of the flat-bottomed kind for a sportier feel. Some faux carbon trim might be tacky but it somehow works.
Outside, you’ll probably be distracted by the yellow wrap from RSWrap but don’t miss out on the A45 AMG body parts that lend more aggression to the exterior. A carbon fiber hood and Brabus carbon front lip rounds up the most striking of the enhancements done.
Remember, the next time you see the traffic lights turn yellow just slow down and if you see this yellow A250 coming up behind you… just slow down and give way.
Mercedes-Benz A250 W176
BMC Italy drop-in air filter, SuperCircuit complete exhaust system
ProjectA Stage 2 remap
Chassis & Handling
Zerone SSR550 twintube coilovers, complete Ultra Racing bars
Nashin N5 six-piston caliper, 355mm floating rotor
Wheels & Tyres
Vorsteiner V-FF 107 wheels 19×8.5 +45
RSWrap vinyl wrap, A45 AMG body parts, carbon fiber hood, Brabus carbon front lip