Mercedes-Benz has published the first official images of the 2013 A45 AMG ahead of its scheduled debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Designed to take on the Audi S3 and BMW M135i the A45 is the smallest Mercedes ever tuned by AMG and we think that once we get behind the wheel of one we’ll find that it may also eat Porsches and Lotus’ for breakfast.
the A45 AMG uses the world’s most powerful production turbo-four cylinder engine to churn out 360 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, statistics that make it the most powerful mass-produced four-cylinder engine in the world. This AMG engine is boosted with a twin-scroll turbo with a maximum pressure of 1.8 bar similar to its V8 and V12 AMG siblings.
The A45 AMG accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (62mph) in 4.6 seconds, while its Top speed is governed at 155 mph/h (250 km/h), and two different performance exhaust systems are available to ensure maximum snarl. The hot hatch returns a combined fuel economy of 6.9 lt/100km, which is equal to 40.9mpg UK and 34.1mpg US.
Its 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system sends power to the front wheels in regular driving, but can fire up to 50 per cent to the rear wheels when needed. Whether that’s enough to exhibit any of the typical AMG tail-happy tendencies remains to be seen. The engine is mated to an seven-speed dual clutch transmission that Merc calls it AMG Speedshift DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) and it has three programed driving modes; comfort, sport and manual modes as well as a ‘Race Start’ launch control function.
The A 45 wears an aggressive look thanks to muscular bumpers front and back, a discreet spoiler mounted above the rear window and a slightly lowered ride height. The back bumper incorporates a pair of chromed rectangular exhaust tips, and the front end is fitted with a model-specific two-slat grille. “TURBO AMG” badges affixed to both front fenders add a finishing touch to the car’s appearance and boldly inform other drivers that this is no ordinary luxury hot hatch.
The car also has an assortment of aero aids including front and rear aprons, side skirts, and a diffuser along with a bespoke front grille and twin trapezoidal exhausts. On the interior you will find a very sporty makeover in comparison to the standard A-Class with body hugging seats, a flat bottom steering wheel and carbon-fibre-look trims, complete the package.
The world premiere of the A45 AMG will take place at the Geneva Motor Show starting March 5th, and European sales will begin this summer. Unfortunately the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG will not be available in North America, but the CLA 45 AMG (who will use the same powertrain) will. An AMG-tuned variant of the upcoming GLA-Class crossover is also believed to be in the works.
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