When first launched in 2001, Mercedes-Benz launched their A series as entry level transportation. It was a small car, utilizing lightweight design with an emphasis on fuel efficiency. The top of the series, the A170, had a modest 95 horsepower which was ample given weight and intended purpose of the car.
It was this compact A-Series which inspired a wealthy car collector to special order a modified version. His goal was to produce the most discreet supercar, using the an A-Series as a base, combining it with highest levels of AMG performance and refinement. The A32K was born.
The company responsible for building the A32K was HWA. Since 1967, HWA have been producing Mercedes-driven cars such as the CLK DTM touring cars and other one-of creations. HWA also have a large history with AMG. Together, HWA and AMG have been creating cars for FIA GT1 motor sport. HWA has been specifically responsible for the manufacture and design of the CLK GTR supercar..
Initially, the plan was to use a 500-horsepower, AMG V8 for the A32K. Once it was found that there was not enough clearance for the unit, the SLK 32 AMG unit was found to be a perfect fit. To match the engine power, the chassis, including the suspension and braking system, was updated.
HWA also completely retrofitted the interior with plush leathers and appointments. The new interior included new 300kph gauges, AMG seats, five-point seatbelts and an AMG steering wheel.