Report: Mercedes-Benz A25 AMG to get 350-hp, all-wheel-drive

When the 2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class made its debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show last month, the brand’s AMG department confirmed that they will indeed be building a performance version of the new hatchback.

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Well, spies have now been seeing what’s being called the Mercedes-Benz A25 AMG around AMG headquarters in Affalterbach, Germany and if reports are to believed, the A25 will offer some downright fun performance.

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Power for the Mercedes-Benz A25 AMG is expected to come from a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 350-hp. Mated to a dual-clutch gearbox, 0 to 62 mph should come in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.

The Mercedes-Benz A25 AMG will offer all-wheel-drive and will have a wider track on the front and rear to boost road-hugging grip. It will also get an upgraded suspension and stiffer dampers.

Sales are expected to start later next year.

Refresher: The 2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class will be available with a range of gasoline and diesel engines in the European market. The gasoline lineup (most important to North American car shoppers) will include a 115-hp 1.6 liter in the A 180, a 156-hp unit and a 200-hp 2.0 liter option. Europe will get diesel options ranging from 109-hp to 170-hp. All engines will be available with the fuel-sipping ECO start/stop function as standard. Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoExpress