AMG A-Class: First details of A45 AMG revealed


Details of the new AMG version of the Mercedes A-Class - dubbed the A45 AMG - have been dug out by our newshound colleagues over on Autocar magazine.

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.

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  • AdamPT 13 Jun 2012

    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.

  • sideways sid 13 Jun 2012

    Sounds like a great car, but £32k??? And the rest!

  • CraigyMc 13 Jun 2012

    AdamPT said:
    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?

  • PetrolAholic 13 Jun 2012

    If thats 32k when it comes out i'll eat my own testicles.

  • thewheelman 13 Jun 2012

    The styling is very Korean, several cues from Hyundai & Kia are plainly visible to see.

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