There's been word on a hot AMG version of the A-Class to go head to head with the likes of the forthcoming M135i and Audi RS3 for some time, and now we can put a little meat on the bones of the rumour.
Seems that the new car will be powered by a 330hp turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder motor (part developed by AMG's High Performance Engine offshoot in Brixworth), making it the most powerful four-cylinder engine Mercedes has put into a production car. There's no word on torque, but it's expected to outstrip the 332lb ft of torque from the 2.5-litre turbo five found in the RS3. With the 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo of the M135i making 320hp, that could make the Mercedes effectively the most powerful car in its class.
Power wheel be transferred to all four wheels via a twin-clutch gearbox and a Haldex-alike multi-plate clutch four-wheel drive system, and we can expect 0-60mph sprint times of less than five seconds.
The new car is expected to be around £32,000 when it goes on sale next year.
There's not much more official information around yet, but expect but we'll know more on it - and about the spec in detail - when the car is officially unveiled later this week.
given a choice of the 3, I think the beemer wins for me. Combo of 6 cylinders, rear wheel drive and looks (which I like despite general consensus). But AMG a welcome addition to this sector.
So without having ever sat in the Merc you've written it off already?
I dont see what is wrong with his comment, I think you need to settle down a bit. I dont like awd cars either, so I would be of a similar opinion, the man likes 6 cylinders also, I cant see how he needs to drive the merc to make this determination.
Apart from the 4 cylinders (just doesn't seem right, a 4 pot AMG) it works for me. Compact, 4 wheel drive and big power sound good and it looks way better than the current A Class. Hopefully, in six or seven years time it will have depreciated enough for me to consider one.