Just like another little hot five-door we previewed today, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG packs a mean punch into a compact, all-wheel drive body. Unlike the Audi S3, though, the A45 AMG definitely isn’t coming to the U.S. That doesn’t mean we don’t want one.
Mercedes has been trying to skew younger for some time now, with new models like the CLA and renewed focus on dynamic styling and high performance. With the 2014 A45 AMG, they wrap all of that into a compact package with perhaps the most powerful production four-cylinder engine in the world.
Speaking of which, the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder produces an impressive 360 horsepower and 330 lb.-ft of torque, sent to all four wheels through the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system that’s tuned for dynamic performance. The dual clutch, AMG SPEEDSHIFT seven-speed transmission features manual and sport modes, and Mercedes-Benz expect a sprint from 0-60mph in just 4.6 seconds. Faster, even, than the Audi S3 at 5.0 seconds.
That’s all thanks, of course, to longtime Mercedes-Benz partners AMG. The tuning house produced the twin-scroll turbocharger and sports exhaust system, plus upgraded the turbo-four with piezo fuel injectors, an all-aluminum crankcase and Start/Stop technology. Some of these features and others in the suspension, transmission and chassis were borrowed from development of top-flight sports cars like the SLK55 AMG and even the mighty SLS AMG, so the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG figures to be more than a pretty design and stacked specs.
Also available will be the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG Edition 1, with a flashy color scheme and larger 19-inch wheels. Act now, but only if you live outside the U.S. Seems us Yanks will have to wait a bit longer, and settle for the CLA45 AMG that’s due to debut at the New York Auto Show soon.