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Mercedes-Benz A25 AMG to feature AWD 250kW 2.0-litre turbo – report

BMW has the 1 M Coupe, Audi has the RS 3, and so what does Mercedes-Benz have? The upcoming 2012 Mercedes-Benz A25 AMG. Well, not yet, but potentially some time in the next two years.

That’s right, Mercedes-Benz and AMG are about to step into the ring with the more serious hot hatches around, and will introduce an AMG version of the upcoming A-Class.

The normal 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class itself is set to be a sporty little thing. Certainly more sporty than the previous generations. It will feature a lower profile body, showcasing a fatter stance and a more sit-in rather than sit-on driving position. Styling is set to take on similar proportions as the Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class (pictured), which will be a welcome change too.

Built on the company’s new MFA (Mercedes Front-drive Architecture), the platform is also said to be ready for an all-wheel drive system. But even in base-model guise, the new A-Class is promising to be a more fitting package to rival the Volkswagen Golf than the previous generations (which kind of gave off a compact-MPV character).

According to a CAR magazine report in the UK, the Mercedes-Benz A25 AMG will be powered by an all-new 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing a proper back-whacking 250kW – in the direct firing line of 1 M (250kW) and Audi RS 3 (250kW).

Keeping all that power in check will apparently be Mercedes-Benz’s 4Matic all-wheel drive system using a Haldex viscous coupling for the front differential. Acceleration from 0-100km/h is expected to be at least in the 5.0-seconds range.

Exciting times ahead for Mercedes-Benz and AMG then. This will be the companies’ most powerful, quickest, and fastest compact model they have ever produced, and AMG’s first-ever attempt at the segment.

No official word has been mentioned yet on timing. The normal 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is set to be unveiled this year, and will go on sale in Australia in 2013. The AMG version will likely follow some time afterwards.

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.