In this new web video released by Mercedes, six monks, who epitomize inner peace and control over “earthly desires” through the practice of zazen, are put to the ultimate test: trying to maintain meditative tranquility while Mercedes’ new A-Class 45 AMG 4MATIC takes to the Fuji International Speedway to prove why its engine is quite possibly the most impressive of its kind ever to be unleashed on the road.
In art and life, Buddhist monks and warriors have become revered figures. From the Dalai Lama spreading teachings about peace and harmony around the world to Mr. Miyagi teaching Daniel-san to stand up to the Cobra Kai to the maniacal Pai Mei smacking around Uma Thurman in the second Kill Bill movie, one thing remains consistent: devotees of Buddhism must maintain steadfast focus and concentration to achieve the highest levels of spiritual enlightenment. Pop culture has also taught us that those who fail spiritual tests often face harsh punishment — but even the Dalai Lama or Pai Mei might not be prepared for the new A-Class 45 AMG 4MATIC.
Maintaining concentration while sitting in a Buddhist temple is one thing. It’s quite another to do so while a car with the world’s most powerful 4-cylinder engine, precision handling, and pinpoint control completes roaring circles around you. With a peak output of 360 hp/265 kW and a maximum torque of 450 Nm, the AMG can stop on a dime, and still reliably transmit engine power to the road surface thanks to its variable torque split and three-stage ESP with Curve Dynamic Assist. And for those who may care as much about innovative design as what’s under the hood, the radiator grille, black flics, side skirts, and rear bumper enhance the car's sporty and dynamic exterior.
So let’s cut the monks some slack on this one, and be glad that Pai Mei wasn’t around to see it. Hell, even he might have felt some earthly desires enter his consciousness after witnessing the stunning AMG 4MATIC.
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