Just two years ago when it was first released; the Mercedes AMG A45 was the most powerful and fastest hot hatch you can buy on the market and it still is. But things have changed and Mercedes is coming back with an even better next generation AMG A45 to dominate the hyper hatch throne without another German in sight.
It all started with a beefed-up turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine which produced 355-hp until the RS3 came along and took that title away. Mercedes then proceeded to facelift the AMG A45 and boost power to 381-hp in order to become the dominant hyper-hatch.
The term hyper hatch was introduced when hot-hatches surpassed the 350-hp mark and are well into the 400-hp territory. But since competition is at an all time high; Mercedes knows it has to bring a new engine into the game since the current one is almost drained out and Audi is probably working on a facelifted RS3 hatchback. The new AMG A45 could feature a turbocharged 5-cylinder unit or a new turbocharged 2.5-liter 4 cylinder engine. If they decide to keep the 2.0-liter engine, they could apply a bunch of bolt-ons and an ecu tune that would launch it to 450-hp. It’s possible and many tuners are already doing this with a stage 2 upgrade.
Nothing is confirmed, but Tobias Moers, brand’s chief said “Yes, I think so” when he was asked about the power being more than 400-hp in the new AMG A45 and that the engineers are working with a “blank piece of paper” for the refreshed model.
Rumors are also floating about a less hardcore version of the AMG A45 that would complete the A-Class lineup enabling it to compete with cars like the Audi S3 and the BMW M140i.