If there’s a limit to how much power a hot hatch can handle, Mercedes-AMG hasn’t found it. The German performance carmaker is preparing to unleash the new-generation A45 packing more than 300kW of power.
Speaking to media at the 2018 Geneva motor show, AMG boss Tobias Moers revealed the new A45, based on the recently revealed A-Class model, will be equipped with an all-new engine to lift power behind the current model’s 280kW output.
“It’s going to be 400+ horsepower [298kW+],” Moers said.
“What we are doing for the next generation is we’re engineering a brand new engine, a 2.0-litre engine that is everything new - nothing in common with the [existing engine],” he explained. “We’re developing a brand new engine that is capable of 400+ horsepower. But that doesn’t make sense unless you have driving dynamics equal - I’m not a fan of over-powered cars.”
He said the goal was to ensure the new car is the “benchmark” in the hot hatch segment, not just in power but also handling.
“Power output is nothing without the driving dynamics which is able to follow the power output.”
In order to tame the new engine, the next-gen A45 will also get a newly developed all-wheel drive system. But when quizzed if the system would include a ‘drift mode’ Moers didn’t reveal any details.
The new A45 is set to be revealed later in 2018 before hitting Australian showrooms in 2019.