Next Mercedes-AMG A45 Will Definitely Have Over 400 HP

Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers has confirmed that the next-generation A45 will have over 400 hp.

In recent years, AMG has been trading blows with Audi Sport to see who can create the craziest hot hatch, an accolade Audi currently holds with the 395 hp RS3 Sportback. Speaking to Car Advice, Moers said the new A45 will have to churn out at least 400 hp from its all-new 2.0-liter engine.

“The new 2.0-litre will be an all-new engine. Yes, an electric turbine is something we have a close link to, but maybe not in that first version.

“Yeah, we have to be over 300kW (402 hp), too, we know that. You have to be at a certain level,” Moers said.

The new A45 is unlikely to arrive before 2019 but Moers admitted that the German performance division of Mercedes can’t give an advantage to its competitors.

“We don’t want to give a tip or an advantage to our competitors, but we do need to be over 300kW – that’s the new standard.”

Beyond its more powerful range-topping model, the next-generation A-Class will receive an all-new exterior design inspired by the recent Concept A unveiled in Shanghai. Spy shots have also revealed the new A-Class will get two large digital displays similar to those found on the S-Class and E-Class.

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  • Six_Tymes

    I hope it doesn’t look like a shoe with a rear wing, again.

    • Infinite1

      Lol

  • SteersUright

    But does it have to look like that? Why invest so much money in such a naturally dynamically flawed package? The Focus RS (only thing I can think of that competes with this) comes in at like half the price of this thing with options. At the Focus price, I get it…pocket, practical performance and all. At this price point, this MB makes no sense to me.

    • Infinite1

      I would say the Audi RS3 which currently has 400 HP over the current A45.

      • SteersUright

        The RS3 is also priced at $50k which is a bit easier to digest. However, without any racy body modifications like the older RS4 which has an impressively wider track, the RS3 is just plain boring to look at to me. It looks like any old A3 with the optional bigger wheels. And for that reason, Im out….

        • Infinite1

          I agree with you. I like the RS3, it’s more powerful, not as expensive, and has the Audi name. It’s styling leaves a lot to be desired considering the RS moniker that it’s marketed to be. All the other RS variants have different styling to differentiate them from their A and S counterparts. The RS3 looks like more of an afterthought in that division.

  • Miknik

    Any review of the current car states it has tons of power but is comparably dull to drive for a hot hatch. I think some trick differentials (Focus RS) or more charismatic engine (Audi RS3) would be more important than the latest trump up the horsepower war sleeve.

    A hot hatch should be more than just 0-60/100 mph figures

  • Craig

    I love this car. [Or at least the idea of it] And partly because most people would never imagine how powerful it is.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    RS500 CONFIRMED!!!!!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Watch the next Focus look better AND kick its ass.

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