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Mercedes-AMG A45 hothatch caught last-minute testing

Published: 20 February 2019

► New flagship hot-hatch teased
► Over 400bhp on the cars
► Two models could be revealed

The new A45 should be revealed in around two weeks at the 2019 Geneva motor show, but our spy photographers have spotted the souped-up A-class doing some last minute testing. And with leaked specs suggesting two models – with one S model over 400bhp – it’s going to be quite a handful.

Our new pictures don’t actually show much more than the official Christmas video released by Mercedes itself; once again the car is in BMW Art Car-like camo, and the air intakes, bumper and grille are still covered up. Underneath, we expect the new car to have the same ‘Panamerica’ grille slats we’ve seen in Affalterbach's other top-end AMG models.

Keep reading for everything else we know about the Mercedes-AMG A45.

Mercedes-AMG A45


Mercedes AMG A45: what we know

Mercedes offered an early Christmas present to hot-hatch fans with a new teaser trailer for its forthcoming fire-breathing AMG A45. In the festive-orientated video, we see a camo’d up A45 with large wheel arches, a rear spoiler and four exhausts – all which help mark it from its smaller 302bhp A35 sibling.

Mercedes-AMG A45

Okay, but how fast will it be?

Performance details leak

As spotted by Motor1, German insurance site HUK24 has accidentally revealed performance specs of not one but two A45 models, and one of them is set to have over 400bhp.

Interestingly, this new leak suggest there’ll two versions of the A45; a 415bhp S flagship, and a more tame 382bhp model. With a total of three versions of hot A-class – including the A35  – set to launch this year, AMG is offering more choice to consumers, but also leaves a clear path for its most extreme hatch yet.

To put these figures in some perspective, a Honda Civic Type R puts out a mere 316bhp from its 4-cylinder turbo, while the outgoing Focus RS puts out 345bhp. Both of those cars will get a power increase next time around, but the A45 looks like another leap in the power stakes, and could blur the line between supercars and hot-hatches even more. It'll use hybrid power to do that, of course. That’s right, in order to tie in with the brand’s F1 success, we expect to see hybrid technology appearing on Affalterbach's ultimate hatch. That should also mean a sub 4.0 second 0-62mph time, as well. 

Aside from the engine, it’s likely the A45 will use the same transmission as the A35 – although the effortless drifting in the teaser trailer also suggests the new A45 will have a Ford Focus RS style drift mode. It’s practically steering like a supermarket trolley around some of those cones!

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast