AMG's A45 Will Be 'The Most Powerful Again' With Coming Update: Report Photo:
Mike Stevens | Jan, 17 2015 | 4 Comments

Mercedes-AMG looks to be considering an extra-tough update for its hot A 45 hatch, according to reports out of the UK.

In its current form, the top A-Class model already squeezes 265kW from its 2.0 litre turbo engine, putting it well ahead of BMW’s 235kW M135i hatch.

But, in the months since the A 45's launch, Audi has unveiled its new 270kW RS 3 hatch - a launch that appears to have lit a fire under AMG.

Combine that with talk of a 280kW BMW ‘M2’ and a production version of Volkswagen’s 295kW Golf R 400, and it’s no surprise that AMG might be getting back to work.

Speaking with Auto Express in December, Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers offered little in the way of details on AMG’s plans, but did say that it would be “a nice statement to have a sort of ‘street fighter’ car in that segment”.

This week, Moers reaffirmed the company's plans for segment domination, telling UK magazine Autocar that an updated A 45 will debut this year. "It will be the most powerful again," he said.

Above: Audi's new RS 3 is more powerful than the hero A 45... for now.
Above: Audi's new RS 3 is more powerful than the hero A 45... for now.

Moers has said previously that, despite the already prodigious output of the A 45’s 2.0 litre turbo engine, it is capable of delivering far more.

Don’t expect the new special to wear a Black Series badge, though: “A Black Series model is a race car street legal with two doors,” Moers told Auto Express.

“Maybe we don’t use the label Black Series for that car, we are playing around with some ideas.”

We can likely also expect the updated A 45's debut to introduce a light facelift for the popular A-Class range, including refreshed headlights and an even bolder grille design - particularly on the top AMG model.

Watch for more on this story to unfold over the coming months.

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