We haven’t even had the opportunity to get the next generation Mercedes A-Class and already Mercedes has plans for an AMG version. The new A-Class AMG will target models like the Ford Focus RS and the Volkswagen Golf R when it goes on sale in 2013, just one year after the next generation Mercedes A-Class is set to come out.
In an interview with AutoCar, Ola Källenius, AMG’s newly installed boss said: "It marks the beginning of a new direction for the company and will expose AMG to a whole new, younger, and more dynamic customer base."
The 2013 Mercedes A-Class AMG will be powered by a new four-cylinder engine, based on the current M271 EVO unit, that will develop around 270bhp and 280lb ft of torque. This engine will be coupled to a new dual-clutch gearbox and the multi-plate clutch four-wheel drive system. This is the same that will be used for the future GLC crossover.
The bad news is that the new A-Class AMG will not be available on the US market. Big shocker, we know (dripping with sarcasm). However, for its American customers, Mercedes has announced plans for a baby CLS .