Mercedes has gone to great lengths to improve their washed up hatchback model and although we are still waiting for the debut of the next generation A-Class, our spy photographers have already captured images of what looks to be its AMG version. This car is no SLK55 AMG, but certain AMG modifications have found their way to the compact A-Class to make it bigger and better.
These images give way to typical AMG enhancements that help the vehicle deal with the increase in power. The larger wheels and brakes stick out like a sore thumb, as do the bigger air intakes and bigger exhaust. Whether there will be a duo pipe or quad layout is still up in the air, but our spy photographers say this AMG model sounds much better than the normal A-Class prototypes they have seen.
So, why all of the added AMG accessories? The A-Class AMG, or A25 AMG as speculated by fellow journalists, is expected to get between 320 HP and 350 HP. This power will be sent to all four wheels by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Engine specifications have yet to be revealed, but power may come from a turbocharged 2.0L BlueEFFICIENCY four cylinder engine.
The prototype caught testing was shaking it up with a Volkswagen Golf R so the competition is clearly stated. In addition to the V-Dub, the Mercedes A-Class AMG should do battle with the Audi RS3 and the BMW 1-series M Coupe.
UPDATE 09/01/2011: Check out our new rendering of the Mercedes A-Class AMG!
UPDATE 04/16/2012: The future 2013 Mercedes A25 AMG has been spotted again and this time in minimal camouflage just outside the AMG headquarters in Germany.
UPDATE 06/12/2012: The British magazine AutoCar is offering us new details on the upcoming AMG version for the new A-Class. The new A45 AMG, set to be unveiled in early 2013 will take on models like the Audi RS3 and BMW M135i. The model will be powered by a heavily tuned version of Mercedes-Benz’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol unit that will deliver about 330 HP and 295 lbs-ft of torque. This engine has been developed in cooperation with German car maker’s High Performance Engine offshoot based in Brixworth, England and will be the most powerful engine ever offered in a four-cylinder Mercedes production model.