HOT HATCH WARS: THE A45’S FUTURE RIVALS
FAR FROM having it all its own way, the secondgeneration Mercedes-AMG A45 will need to be good to compete against a slew of upcoming models. Rumoured to be packing a mild-hybrid system (like the A45) in combination with a high-output combustion engine, the next Ford Focus RS poses one of the biggest threats. Expected to channel more than 300kW through all fours, the RS will also adopt an angrier exterior design (artist impression pictured) based on the all-new Focus. Hyundai is wanting to add a halo model to its range, and the RN30 Concept could be a sign that an all-wheel drive hot hatch is in the works. The RN30 uses a 280kW/450Nm four-cylinder turbo and is tied to a wet-type dual-clutch transmission. Rumours are gathering that VW is planning a mild-hybrid version of the Golf R, with a combined output of over 300kW (with the EA888 four-pot). With the next-gen BMW 1 Series switching to front-wheel drive, it seems the M version could become AWD for better packaging. What powers it, four or six cylinders, is the bigger unknown.