Mercedes A25 - Merc's new 340bhp hot hatch

Published: 13 January 2012

Mercedes will launch its new A-class in spring 2012 and CAR can reveal a new go-faster hot hatch A-class in the pipeline to promote Daimler's radically different new small hatch.

The go-faster Mercedes is called A25 by insiders. It's one of a trio of hot hatches being planned by Daimler, which will introduce full-bore AMG versions to Merc's smallest cars for the first time.

Mercedes A25: the hot hatch A-class

Making a sporty A-class is no laughing matter this time round. Unlike the tall - and occasionally toppling - A-class of yore, the new one is a low-slung, more sporting hatchback aimed squarely at the VW Golf.

These pictures of the Concept A-class; give or take some of the wilder conceptual adornments, this is very close to what the new 2012 A-class will look like.

Its new MFA front-wheel drive architecture is being tuned by the gentlemen of AMG. Until now, only an AMG bodykit has been fitted to the A-class but Daimler is expanding the reach of its lucrative tuning division.

So how fast is the new Merc A25 AMG?

CAR understands the A25 will be powered by a brand-new 340bhp 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbo four-cylinder. That's a remarkably high output for an A-class sized car and will eclipse all other hot hatchbacks to date, such as the Focus RS and Golf R.

Keeping all that power in check is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a standard 4Matic four-wheel drive system employing a Haldex VC unit to stop you frying the front tyres.

A trio of go-faster Merc hot hatches

At the bottom end of the AMG line-up we will soon find three different crackerjacks: A25, the CLC25 coupe and GLC25 baby SUV.

It's not yet clear when the A25 AMG will be launched, but we'd expect it some time after the launch of the regular A-class.

The B25 AMG is being tested and evaluated, but it will not be signed off for production, sources say.

By Georg Kacher

European editor, secrets uncoverer, futurist, first man behind any wheel

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