Mercedes-Benz – A45 AMG

By - June 14th, 2012

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The high-performance AMG-version of the third-generation Merecedes-Benz A Class we’ve heard so much about for the last couple of years is finally within reach. MB has confirmed that the new “hot hatch” luxury vehicle, the A45 AMG, will be one of three new compact models developed by the German automaker targeted at their Audi RS3 and BMW M135i competitors at the under-$100k price tag level across Europe. The A45 will be powered by a new twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of pumping out at least 330-hp and more than 295 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch trans. To make sure it handles well, the A45 will be fitted with a MacPherson strut suspension up-front and a multi-link set-up in the rear, along with a wider wheelbase, stiffer springs, and updated brakes. Exterior elements will also help MB’s fastest four-cylinder to be unique, including a sporty body kit, larger wheels, and a rear diffuser fitted with dual exhaust tips. The A45 will go on sale in Europe early next year while there currently are no plans for any shipments to State side. via: AutoBlog

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