Report: Mercedes-Benz announces AMG version of 2013 A-Class

The new 2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class was just introduced this year’s Geneva Motor Show. However, a big question remained unanswered regarding the latest generation, until now. Like I’ve said in the past, Mercedes-Benz will pretty much AMG anything.

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But word is that Mercedes-Benz has officially announced an AMG version of the latest A-Class. Said to be named, the A45 AMG, the baby Autobahn stormer sends power to all four-wheels from a 2.0L four-banger equipped with a BorgWarner twin-scroll turbocharger, internally known as the M133. But don’t let its displacement confuse you, because this puppy churns out 350hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Channeling those 350hp wheels to the transfer case is a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

“It will be the most powerful engine in its class,” said Mercedes AMG’s chief Ola Källenius, adding that it will be duking it out with the BMW M135i and the Audi RS3.

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Despite the front-wheel drive-based all-wheel drive system, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG is also said to tip the scales at a fairly hefty 3,300lbs with a 60/40 front/rear weight distribution. Should drivers also decide that the stability control needs to bugger off for some fun, the all-wheel drive system is designed to send most of the power to the rear wheels. It sounds like Mercedes-Benz AMG has made their own little Volkswagen R36. And of course, we all know Mercedes-Benz has never really had an issue with handling and keeping cars planted…very planted, even in corners (some will say the latest C63 AMG not withstanding).

The top speed is expected to be limited to 155 mph as usual, but rumor has it that Mercedes-Benz AMG might offer a less restricted governor to make this a 174 mph ‘shooting brake.’ Blimey…!

Now, the most unfortunate part about this bit of news is that this A45 AMG will not be hitting North American shores. Though, it is possible for us to get the A45 AMG’s powertrain with an AMG version of the new supposed CLA four-door coupe, that will also be based on the A-Class’s platform.

My bias aside, I’m a little bummed because this A45 AMG looks pretty damn sweet on paper. Not to mention, I don’t think the new 2013 A-Class is that bad to look at either. Obviously, expect a far more aggressive look than the pictured A250.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: CARandDRIVER