Mercedes-AMG is already squeezing 375 horsepower from its smallest models, but even more power is on the horizon.
According to a report from Autocar, the next-generation A45 AMG, CLA45 AMG and GLA45 AMG models, which share an engine, will all pack over 400 hp. The small 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine will receive an all-new turbocharger, new fuel injectors and revisions to the way it operates to obtain the extra power.
Mercedes wants to make sure its small sports cars are up to the task of competing with the upcoming Audi RS 3 and the freshly launched BMW M2.
Besides packing more punch under the hood, the new compact models from Mercedes should be lighter with even more electronic driving aids. A nine-speed dual-clutch transmission will get the power to the ground through an all-wheel drive setup, which should launch these cars from 0 to 60 mph in about four seconds.
The A45 AMG, which is not sold in North America, is expected to arrive first in 2018 with the CLA45 AMG and GLA45 AMG to follow.
Just like with its larger cars, Mercedes is also planning a lineup of new 43 AMG model for its three small cars, which will use a down-tuned version of the same 2.0-liter engine that will make around 275 hp.
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