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The company is enlisting help from its own High Performance Powertrains (HPP) affiliate, which focuses on building F1 racing engines for the Mercedes team, among others. The A25 will get a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder which is based on the exisitng M271/M274 gas engine.
HPP called on its engine designers to come up with a product able to outshine the 2012 Audi RS3 Sportback’s 335-hp five-cylinder and the BMW M135i’s 316 hp straight six. Accomplishing that won’t be easy considering both the Audi and BMW can both bank on larger engine displacement to meet the mark.
This turbo 2.0L is also slated to find its way into CLC25 AMG and the CLC25 Shooting Brake AMG.
We’ll have to wait and see if Mercedes achieves the power that they are forecasting.
So far we haven’t been able to get it on these shores, but up until now, perhaps we’ve not been missing a great deal. Mercedes smallest model, the A-Class, has been little more than boxy and utterly sensible personal transportation.
But that’s set to change. Mercedes has just revealed the so-called Concept A, which is being viewed by many as the next step in the brand’s expansion in China. From looking at the Concept A, it’s clear that the next generation of Mercedes small car is likely to be very different, more in keeping with the marque’s sporting DNA and something far more likely to entice a younger generation of buyers.
Better yet, there are rumors that the folks at AMG will be developing an uber performance version, said to crank out as much as 350 horsepower. There’s also evidence to suggest it might be available with all-wheel drive.
No further information is available at present, but should this new A-Class AMG materialize, it could represent one of the most exciting small cars to hit the market in decades. And if, it does, it will also likely be sold on our shores too.
[Source: BBC Top Gear]