Mercedes keeps teasing the upcoming A45 AMG uber hatch, this time with a new video showing a pair of its prototypes sliding around on ice somewhere in Sweden.
The new flagship version of the A-Class and AMG’s entry-level model has been in development for quite some time now as the Germans aim to turn the new A45 into a technological tour de force in its segment.
Tobias Moers, AMG’s boss, has already confirmed that the new A45 will feature an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and an all-new configurable all-wheel drive 4Matic system, complete with a Drift mode to allow the driver plenty of sideways action, as portrayed perfectly in the video linked below.
Power will be provided by an updated version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder which is reportedly going to produce 383hp (388PS) in its base version and 416hp (421PS) in the S variant. The technical differences between the A35 and the A45 will be bigger than initially expected, as they’ll include not only a different all-wheel drive system and engine but also a reinforced body-in-white, at least according to the AMG boss.
Packing 400hp in a stock hatchback would sound absurd just a few years ago, but the Merc, Audi RS3 and BMW M2 have created a whole new, and very exciting, niche.