No but that is a critical issue for me. I want to be able to track the car and having a car that drives like a Volvo (Volvo uses the same front drive biased Haldex AWD system) is a deal killer for me.
I found this quote for the A45:
"An exclusive feature is the interaction of the AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive with the 3-stage ESP® and the ESP® Curve Dynamic Assist. The three ESP® stages enable the driver to vary the dynamics of the A 45 AMG according to his individual wishes at the push of a button. The safety-oriented "ESP ON" mode supports the driver in maintaining neutral handling characteristics. The system initiates braking intervention on one or more wheels and reduces the engine torque on detecting that the operating conditions are becoming unstable.
Briefly pressing the ESP® button activates "ESP SPORT Handling" mode. This dynamically oriented driving mode applies appropriate control strategies for later ESP® intervention and increased drive torque at the rear axle. This means more fun at the wheel for drivers who are keen to exploit the vehicle's dynamic potential. Pressing the ESP® button longer activates "ESP OFF". In this mode, the ESP® functions are not available. ESP OFF should only be used by experienced drivers on cordoned-off race tracks. When the driver steps on the brake pedal in the course of braking in "SPORT Handling" mode or "ESP OFF" mode, all the safety functions of the ESP® system are restored."
Are they kidding? An AMG that you can turn off the stability control (good) but that it comes on as soon as you hit the brakes? You've got to be kidding!!! I'm hoping this is a typo because that would prove once again that AMG doesn't have a clue how to build a true performance car.
I thought I had finally found an upscale replacement for my Evo ( finally a dual clutch tranny, decent power, awd etc) but the more I read the more it sounds like wishful thinking. I don't think it even has a torque vectoring rear diff!
If anyone can clarify these issues for me it would be greatly appreciated.