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Luxury styling, AMG performance and compact car sensibility will all be rolled into one package as the Mercedes-Benz A25 AMG, something that has the breadth of enthusiasts excited. Rumored to be in the works, these spy photos are the first confirmation that such a car is being prepped for launch.
The Spy photos that show us almost unmasked details of the new hot hatch came our way today. Last week we reported that the A25 AMG would have all-wheel drive and a turbocharged four cylinder engine making 335 hp.
Those figures place the little Merc in line to outpace the Audi RS3′s performance, though it isn’t clear exactly when we’ll be graced with the little hotrod.
We received confirmation from the automaker last month during the Geneva Motor Show that the coveted A-Class would, in fact, be coming to market in the U.S., but we’re not sure exactly when.
If history is anything to base assumptions on, we probably won’t get a sip of the hotter AMG version until European consumers get a long drink from the well.
For now, have a look at our first glance of what’s sure to be an interesting entrant to the compact segment.
GALLERY: 2013 Mercedes-Benz A25 AMG spy photos
The A25 AMG is Mercedes-Benz‘s take on a sport tuned version of the A-Class hot hatch, and more details concerning the makeup of the car are out.
According to AMG boss Ola Kallenius, the A25 will be powered by a turbocharged four cylinder engine that will produce more than 335 hp. Original forecasts for engine power claimed that the A25 would outpower the Audi RS3, which makes 335 hp, so it seems AMG is on track to make the most powerful luxury hot hatch on the market.
Originally it was speculated that the A-Class would be a front wheel drive car, which would have compromised the handling of the car and “create oversteer,” says Kallenius. The A25 will come sporting an all wheel drive setup, likely to be sourced from the ML 63 AMG. “Pure front-wheel drive I would be extremely sceptical of from a performance point of view,” Kallenius said.
When the A25 AMG arrives, it will likely look close to the original A-Class concept, which adds some extra curving body lines and ground effects kit to make the car look the part of a turbocharged hot hatch. We may have already seen the A25 in this cyclists video, although we can’t be to sure.
America has missed out on some nice Euro cars in the past, but the A25 AMG should be making its way to the US, based on the fact that Mercedes has confirmed that the A-Class will definitely by sold here.
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.