Mercedes Eyes Hardcore A45 AMG

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Mercedes wants to build a meaner version of its A45 AMG hatchback.

If the vehicle reaches production, it would offer more power than the 355 hp currently coming from its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Unlike other recently released hardcore AMG products, the manic Mercedes will not make use of the “Black Series” name because that is a brand reserved for two-door models, AMG boss Tobias Moers told Auto Express during the L.A. Auto Show.

It isn’t clear what the hopped up A 45 would be called, but Moers said it won’t arrive until much later in the current A-Class lifecycle because the company’s engineering resources are all currently devoted to other projects.

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A lighter version of the A45 with more power and stickier tires would offer quicker 0-62 MPH acceleration than the current car’s 4.5-second time. Mercedes-AMG’s new GT sports car makes the run in four seconds flat or 3.8 for the “S” model. That doesn’t leave very much space for a speedier version of the A45 without encroaching on its more expensive stablemate.

Mercedes sells neither the A-Class nor its A45 sibling in the U.S., but the company does market the GLA-Class and GLA45 AMG here that use the same parts.

[Source: Auto Express]

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Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

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