Alright, so it's not a Porsche. Sue us.

We've spent a bit of time covering flat-out runs in exotic metal like the BMW M5 and Porsche 718 Cayman GTS, but expensive German cars aren't the only ones allowed to go hell-for-leather on the nation's derestricted motorways.

Less exciting metal like the Mercedes-Benz A200 can test their mettle as well, which is exactly what we've got here.

Alright, so it lacks a full-on racing heritage, and the speedo needle never comes close to nudging 300km/h, but the A200 gives it a good crack nonetheless.

When it touches down in Australia on August 10, the A200 will be priced from $47,200 before on-road costs. That's $2900 more than the car it replaces, but the price jump brings the first implementation of Mercedes' MBUX infotainment system, along with niceties like adaptive high-beam LED headlights, autonomous emergency braking, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

What you won't get, however, is the chance to match the top speed on the public road in Australia.