Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG to Get 330-HP Four-Cyl and AWD

Mercedes-Benz has reportedly confirmed that the upcoming high-performance version of the new A-Class, the A45 AMG will be powered by a 330 horsepower four-cylinder that will send its power to all four wheels.

2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Mercedes-Benz has reportedly confirmed that the upcoming high-performance version of the new A-Class, the A45 AMG will be powered by a 330 horsepower four-cylinder that will send its power to all four wheels. The A45 AMG will also be the first ever AMG model with a transversely mounted engine when it goes on sale in early 2013.


The A45 AMG will be powered by a heavily modified version of the 2.0L in the standard A-Class. Mercedes-Benz confirmed to Autocar that it will pack 330 horsepower and “maximum torque significantly above 295lb ft.” The new engine is also the most powerful four-cylinder ever offered in a Mercedes-Benz production model.

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“Our goal right from the start was to match the output of the larger turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine used by the RS3,” says Tobias Moers, head of development at AMG. The Audi RS3 has 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft. of torque. The A45 AMG will also get a seven-speed transmission and its all-wheel-drive system will send most of its power to the rear wheels.

The A45 AMG will stand out from the other A-Class models with a more aggressive body kit, which includes a unique front and rear fascia. It will also get upgraded wheels and the interior will get unique front sport seats.

Expect the A45 AMG to debut at the Paris Motor Show this fall

Autocar