400bhp hot hatch

AMG read­ies ‘un­be­liev­able’ A45

Autocar - - THIS WEEK - MARK TISSHAW

The up­com­ing Mercedesamg A45, due in 2019, will have a power out­put in ex­cess of 400bhp to make it the most pow­er­ful hot hatch­back in the world.

Speak­ing to Au­to­car at the launch of the Mercedes-amg A35 at the Paris mo­tor show, AMG boss Tobias Mo­ers said the A45 was the “next level of per­for­mance” for AMG in the hot hatch class.

He con­firmed that power from the 2.0-litre tur­bocharged four-cylin­der en­gine due in “an­other year” will of­fer up more than 400 met­ric horse­power, mean­ing an out­put of around 410hp (404bhp) is ex­pected.

But Mo­ers said the A45, which fea­tures a “to­tally new en­gine”, was “not just a power out­put” and would be a more en­gag­ing drive all round. He added: “It’s a bet­ter ride, bet­ter han­dling. There is no un­der­steer. It’s an un­be­liev­able car and you feel ev­ery cor­ner at the Nord­schleife. We’re very fo­cused on chas­sis stiff­ness.”

Mo­ers said the A35 now rep­re­sents the new en­try point to the Mercedes-amg brand and it has been bench­marked against the Volk­swa­gen Golf R. But as with any new seg­ment Mercedes-amg en­ters, the tar­get is to be­come the new bench­mark.

The han­dling of the A35 goes be­yond “the A45 of to­day, if not more”, said Mo­ers, call­ing it a “more play­ful thing”. It will be launched in the UK early next year, with or­ders be­ing taken from later this month.

At the other end of AMG’S range, Mo­ers said de­vel­op­ment of the new One hy­per­car re­mains on­go­ing and progress has been made fol­low­ing some is­sues around the emis­sions of its 1.6-litre V6 petrol-elec­tric hy­brid driv­e­train. “This took more time, but now we see progress,” said Mo­ers.

When asked if there are plans to fol­low the One with a Two, Mo­ers said it is some­thing that “maybe we think about in the fu­ture” but for now Mercedes-amg is fo­cused on get­ting the One ready for pro­duc­tion next year.

Mo­ers also hinted that the Black Se­ries badge is to re­turn soon on the Mercedes-amg GT.

New A45 gets a power boost and, AMG claims, is a more en­gag­ing drive

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