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Mercedes-AMG ‘A 40’ spotted? New mild hot hatch (video)

It seems Mercedes-Benz might be planning an ‘A 40’ AMG Sport, of sorts, sitting beneath the fire-cracking A 45 super hatch.

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A video has surfaced on the ‘Tube showing a prototype A-Class with a number of interesting clues that have industry experts ablaze. It’s pretty clear this isn’t the fully-fledged A 45. You have the mildly sporty brakes hiding behind similarly aggressive alloy wheels.

The bodykit and aero features also don’t seem as crazy as those on the A 45, although much of this prototype is heavily camouflaged with disorienting paintwork and plenty of cladding particularly around the front end.

It’s believed Mercedes’s AMG Sport division, similar to BMW’s M Performance arm, could be planning a new model to slot between the big gap left between the 155kW A 250 and the insane 280kW A 45.

According to speculation, the new model, dubbed the A 40, could come equipped with a 2.0-litre turbo producing around 220-230kW. This should be enough to give the 240kW BMW M140i a run for its money. Unlike the BMW though, the A 40 is tipped to get the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.

If these stats are accurate we could be looking at a 0-100km/h time of around the 5.0 seconds mark or even just below that. It seems fast for a ‘mild’ hot hatch, but considering the latest A 45 does it in an incredible 4.2 seconds (A 250 in 6.3), with the next-gen version set to go over quicker, 5.0 seconds should sit well in the range.

Mercedes-Benz is known to be testing the first major facelift for the A-Class, including in A 45 form. A debut is tipped for early next year. Click play below for a preview.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He’s obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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