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