Power figures for the new Mercedes-AMG A 45 have leaked online, and it confirms that it’s set to become the most powerful hot hatch on sale when it arrives in 2019.
German car insurance firm HUK24 leaked the figures though its online quote finder, revealing that the A 45 will be offered in two different power outputs. In standard form, the 2.0-litre turbocharged unit makes 382bhp – six more than the most potent version of the outgoing model.
The hotter S variant produces 416bhp – comfortably enough to dethrone the 394bhp Audi RS 3 from its current hottest hatch standing. It also means it boasts an incredible output of more than 200bhp per litre. Torque is yet to be confirmed, but expect an increase over the outgoing car’s 475Nm peak.
We expect those huge figures to be achieved with the aid of hybrid assistance. An electric boost will help to not only increase the headline output, but also smooth out the torque delivery through gearchanges to give an even more relentless shove.
The outgoing car could accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds, and the Audi RS 3 covers the same benchmark one tenth quicker. This could mean that the A 45 S could match – or maybe dip below – the four second barrier.
We’re yet to see the new model revealed fully, but Mercedes has given us our first official glimpse of what’s in store. In a Christmas-themed teaser video released on the Mercedes-AMG Youtube channel, the new A 45 is shown strutting its stuff on a cold and slippery test track. The disguised car shows off its hooligan side with plenty of oversteer and cone crushing antics suggesting an advanced all-wheel drive system has been installed to facilitate drifts and boost driver appeal.
We can also clearly see the extended wheel arches front and rear, along with the tell-tale quad exhaust pipes and the large roof spoiler that mark it out as the new performance flagship for the A-Class range.
The previous generation AMG A 45 was the world’s most powerful hot hatch for a time, with its 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo producing 355bhp at launch, before subsequently being boosted to its 376bhp output.
AMG saw huge success with the old A 45; its importance has meant that AMG boss Tobias Moers and his team were given the green light to develop an entirely new car based on the new A-Class platform. “We’ve started working on the next generation, and it’s a blank piece of paper for my engineers,” Moers told Auto Express in 2017.
Like the current model, the next A 45 will stick with its four-wheel drive and dual-clutch gearbox powertrain. We’ve already sampled the junior hot hatch in the new A-Class range and the 302bhp A 35 gives us reason to expect big things from the A 45 model.
While the A 35 gives Mercedes a rival for the Audi S3 and BMW’s hottest 1 Series, the 335bhp M140i, the A 45 is very much targeted at the top echelon of performance hatchbacks with the Audi RS 3 and the BMW M2 Coupe in the firing line.
“The A-Class works well for us”, said Moers. “There was a business case for it, it has been selling and the board has been happy with us. It’s not just one car, either; it’s four, with the A 45, CLA 45, CLA 45 Shooting Brake and GLA 45. This gives us the freedom to move forward into the future, with the next generation.”
We expect to see the new Mercedes-AMG A 45 in the early part of 2019 with a price tag in the region of £45,000.
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