The Mercedes A45 AMG has made its first official appearance ahead of its scheduled arrival at the Geneva Motor Show – a stunning and hugely powerful variant of the automaker’s latest A-Class that’s gunning for the likes of the Audi S3 and the BMW M135i.
Under the hood of the A45 AMG lies what Mercedes has labeled the world’s most powerful four-cylinder engine – a 2-liter leviathan that serves up a remarkable 355 brake horsepower. By contrast, the BMW M135i offers up 315BHP and the Audi S3 a comparatively paltry 296BHP.
Along with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the Mercedes A45 AMG is also fitted as standard with an all-wheel-drive system that powers the front wheels only for general driving, though can send equal power to the back wheels either automatically or in accordance with input from the driver.
According to Mercedes, the A45 AMG takes care of zero to 60MPH in 4.6 seconds and delivers impressive fuel-economy figures of just under 41MPG combined.
For those intent on making their presence know, the exhaust of the new A45 AMG contains a flap that’s designed specifically to make as much noise as possible with hard acceleration, though keep things quiet and refined when cruising. There’s also a custom exhaust option from AMG, which according to the automaker delivers an “even more emotional and striking” noise – charmingly eloquent if nothing else
Further tweaks to the A45 AMG include various steering settings, harder suspension, square tailpipes, AMG alloy wheels and an new front grille. On the inside, faux-carbon-fiber and artificial leather certainly give the look and feel of top-tier luxury, while the bright-red seatbelts round off the package in style.
Mercedes is yet to confirm the price of the A45 AMG, but upon its release this July we’ll probably be looking at around the $45,000 mark and then some.