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Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG preview

According to AMG, the A45 will have the stuff to stay with a BMW 1 M Coupé

Published: June 22, 2012, 3:00 PM

Mercedes-Benz AMG - AMG 2.0-litre four engine

A recent visit to AMG headquarters to take part in 45th-anniversary celebrations for the Mercedes-Benz performance brand, revealed some preliminary information about the yet-to-be-shown A 45 AMG.

Among other things, it will feature a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out more than 295 pound-feet of torque, 90% of which is available at 1,800 rpm (no horsepower figure was given).

The turbocharger is enormous and employs an air-to-water intercooler that allows it to blow the intake air into the engine at close to 20 psi. According to AMG, this delivers enough power to stay with the BMW 1 M Coupé – it will be capable of a zero-to-100-km/h time of 4.8 seconds and an 80-to-120-km/h time of 4.2 seconds, which is very quick.

The little performance car will puts power to the pavement through a seven-speed twin-clutch transmission and all four wheels. Under normal circumstances, it launches sending 60% of the power to the front wheels and 40% to the rear.

However, as the car begins to move, there is a natural weight transfer. As the mass over the rear wheels begins to increase, so does the amount of the power going rearward, which maintains the stability and reduces the risk of unwanted wheelspin.

As for the other niceties, it wears oversized P235/35R19 tires, monster front rotors with four-piston calipers, sport bucket seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters.

There will also be two distinctly different models available. The base A45 AMG is attractive and takes the usual sleeper approach to the manner in which it has been hot rodded. For the extrovert, there’s an aero package. Along with a bolder body kit, it arrives with a rear spoiler that gives the Subaru WRX’s overblown rear wing a run for its money.

The A-Class is confirmed for Canada, and with AMGs accounting for a large percentage of Mercedes-Benz’s sales, seeing it and/or the CLA AMG is a very real possibility.