Mercedes A45 AMG Promises to Be Brand's Most Powerful 4-Cylinder

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

Set to take on the Audi RS3 and BMW M135i, neither of which are available in North America, Mercedes has reportedly confirmed details of its upcoming premium hot-hatch, which will wear the A45 AMG badge.

Using a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, power will be upped to 330 hp, with full torque at 295 lb-ft. That power will make it to all-four wheels though a Haldex AWD system and thankfully enthusiasts will be spared the use of yet another 7-speed automatic. Instead, the A45 will come paired with the brand’s new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Haldex system will be capable of delivering most of its power to the rear wheels

Compared to the rest of the new A-Class models, the A45 will get a lower and stiffer suspension, a wider track, larger wheels and tires plus upgraded brakes.

A car of many firsts, the A45 will be the first AMG model to use a transversely mounted engine, and will also be the most powerful 4-cylidner the automaker has ever made.

[Source: AutoCar]

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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