Next Mercedes-AMG A45 will get more than 400 hp

Next Mercedes-AMG A45 will get more than 400 hp

Somewhere in the upper echelons of the hot hatch market, a power war has been brewing for some time. Mercedes-AMG was the first to jump on the bandwagon with the original A 45 in 2013, whose hand-built 2.0 litre M133 turbo mill – the most powerful series-production four-cylinder in the world, no less – churned out a stout 360 hp.

Just a year later, Audi swooped in to take the lead with the RS3 and its 367 hp 2.5 litre five-cylinder turbo; Mercedes then retook the crown with 381 hp from 2015’s facelifted A 45, which was then beaten this year with the revised RS3, now with 400 hp. Ingolstadt won’t hold that advantage for too long however, as Affalterbach is set to one-up its compatriot with the next-generation A 45, according to CarAdvice.

Mercedes-AMG CEO Tobias Moers told the publication that when the new car does arrive – which could still be as many as two years away – it will come with a new, more powerful engine. “The new 2.0 litre will be an all-new engine,” he said.

Next Mercedes-AMG A45 will get more than 400 hp

When asked if the engine will come with a rumoured electric turbocharger, following in the footsteps of the facelifted S-Class‘ new 3.0 litre straight-six, he answered, “Yes, an electric turbine is something we have a close link to, but maybe not in that first version.”

Moers said that while it is too early to talk about specifics, “we have to do something special,” adding that the car will go over the 400 hp mark. “We don’t want to give a tip or an advantage to our competitors, but we do need to be over 300 kW (402 hp) – that’s the new standard,” he said.

Apart from that, the 4Matic all-wheel drive system could also feature elements from the fully-variable 4Matic+ system on the new E 63, although Moers stressed that “it’s really not easy to scale that AWD technology down from the E- to A-Class.”

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.



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  • K Kinte on Apr 26, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Amazing how MB research can get 400bhp from just a 2.0. This shows, hard work pays off. MB and AMG R & D don’t lepak. They work hard. they produce results.

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  • Mikey on Apr 26, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Not long ago, any Hatch Back with 200 HP is classified as Hot Hatch. Looks like a new Hot Hatch “norm” will be at least 400 HP in the NEAR future.

    BTW, it is not fair to compare a blown 2.5/5 cylinders with a blown 2.0/4 cylinders. Of course a High pressured turbo charged engine will give U higher HP. The question is – Will the blown engine last longer ??

    With all the latest electronics/4-WD & suspension settings, a modern Hot HB like the RS3/A45 can outrun/out-perform a 12 years old super car in Sepang F1 circuit & this is a FACT.

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  • Zackyrulez on Apr 26, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    When style, class & speed come together. Sweet Merc.

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  • With this, Mesidis cud go into rally if F1 alredi boring

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  • aBg_rOnGak on Apr 27, 2017 at 9:31 am

    2.0l vs 2.5l? Hurm….nice comparison, very fair indeed…

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  • 2.0-2.5 turbo 4 cylinder battle lives on…..

    evo vs scooby owners have upgraded….

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  • heybadigol (Member) on Apr 27, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Probably the only way left is to introduce hybrid electrical propulsion (MGU-K and MGU-H) systems like their F1 cars, which can then power the rear wheels . Think 400 bhp from an internal combustion 2.0 engine alone is pushing it a bit too far, as it might have too much lag. But with electrical assistance, should cover the lag. Should be a beast!

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  • toyotafan on Apr 27, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Look guys, the current gen is great. Superb reviews all over the world. However, the one and only gripe from all of them has always been the gearbox. Lethargic and always hunting. While launch control can be described as one of the best, short of the Audi TT Rs, it is very poor putting speed on the road from 80kmh. They gotta work on this deficiency.

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  • Ben Yap on Apr 27, 2017 at 10:56 am

    nowadays cars are reaching ferrari and lambo performance already.

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  • Verndetta on Apr 27, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    This aint “Hot Hatch” territory, this is HYPER HATCH!

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Apr 27, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    but dull to drive….nextt

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  • mudman on Apr 28, 2017 at 11:32 am

    nurburgring a45 amg lap time still lose to honda civic type r with all those fancy hp..

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