Images of the Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG have been released ahead of its 2013 Geneva Motor Show debut next month. Unfortunately, official specifications and engine data are yet to be confirmed.
(UPDATE: official engine specs released, as outlined below.)
As far as we know, the A 45 AMG will come with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing around 265kW of power and 450Nm of torque. The grunt is transferred through to a ‘4MATIC’ all-wheel drive system after going through a seven-speed dual-clutch auto transmission.
Performance figures are set to be mind-blowing, especially for a hatch, with 0-100km/h likely to be achieved in 4.6 seconds. It’s top speed will be electronically governed to 250km/h.
On the sensible side of things, the new A 45 is set to achieve an average fuel economy rating of just 6.9L/100km. It’s also set to pass Euro 6 emissions regulations, which will be put in place in 2015.
Like other AMG models, the A 45 will be just as dedicated and as serious. It will come with a bi-modal exhaust to let out a cracking bark, while the engine is a bespoke hand-built unit by AMG. The engine will also be the most powerful production four-cylinder in the world.
The mind-blowing performance won’t stop at straight line speed either, the little AMG will come with a comprehensive sports suspension system with different driving modes, as well as high performance brakes with multi-piston calipers.
Inside, as you can see, the A 45 AMG is finished with a focused interior including sports bucket seats, a sporty three-spoke steering wheel, a carbon fibre dash, and plenty of red highlights such as stitching and the seat belts. It will also come with a comprehensive multimedia interface with a large LCD screen atop the dash.
On the outside, the super hot A-Class is easily distinguished via the aggressive bodykit, including a low and sharp front bumper bar, side skirts, and a fat rear end incorporating a large black diffuser with twin-outlet exhausts.
Production of the Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG will commence in April, before hitting Australian showrooms in October. Prices are expected to fall beneath the $100,000 mark, like the previous BMW 1 Series M Coupe which retailed for $99,900.
UPDATE: Official specifications have been released, with the above details confirmed. Official engine specifications are:
|Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG|
|Bore x stroke||83.0 x 92.0 mm|
|Compression ratio||8.6 : 1|
|Output||265 kW (360 hp) at 6000 rpm|
|Max. torque||450 Nm at 2250 – 5000 rpm|
|Engine weight (dry)||148 kg|
|Maximum engine speed||6700 rpm|
|Power density||133 kW (181 hp)|
|Peak pressure||up to 140 bar|
|Maximum charge pressure||1.8 bar|
|6.9 – 7.1 l/100 km|
|CO2 emissions||161-165 g/km|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||4.6 s|
|Top speed||250 km/h*|