The upcoming A45 AMG will make its global debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. It would be exactly one year after standard versions of Mercedes-Benz’s new A-class was first unveiled. Mercedes-Benz’s AMG off-shoot said that this marks its first entry into the hot hatch market in Europe where it will go up against the BMW M135i.
Mercedes-Benz officials said that sales of its right hand drive models in the UK will begin in July 2013. AMG hasn’t released the pricing details yet but Autocar said that the A45 AMG will sell for about £36,000, with an optional performance package expected to add £3000 more. AMG engine boss Fritz Eichler developed the new turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder direct injection petrol engine that’s used to power AMG’s first ever hatchback.
The new unit uses the codename M132. It is based on the M274 engine of parent company Mercedes-Benz with the same capacity used in the newly launched A250 CGI. The transversely mounted engine runs a twin scroll turbocharger with a maximum 1.8 bar of boost pressure. The automaker claims that when used on the A45 AMG, it boasts an output of 349bhp at 6600rpm along with 332lb ft of torque.
This represents an improvement of 141bhp and 111lb ft when compared to the A250’s powerplant, which is less heavily tuned. In comparison, the M135i’s turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine kicks out 316bhp and the same 332lb ft.
Power gets distributed to the four wheels through a seven speed dual clutch gearbox created and built in-house at Mercedes-Benz’s gearbox plant located near Stuttgart in Germany. It works together with a multi-plate clutch four-wheel drive system created with the assistance of Austrian based production and engineering specialist Magna.