Mercedes A45 AMG Set To Pack 400 HP, Eight-Speed DCT, And Drift Mode

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Thought the A35 was cool? Just wait.

Mercedes-AMG has already given us the juicy details regarding the new A35 hatchback, which just made its world debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Under the hood sits a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine pumping out 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque going out to all-wheel-drive through a seven-speed dual-clutch.

This should be the perfect amount of power to rival cars like the Audi S3 and Volkswagen Golf R, but it is actually less than the outgoing A45. Don't fret because a new A45 is on its way with well over 400 hp. Not only will the A45 be far more powerful than the A35, but CarAdvice has just discovered some new details that make us want it even more.

We've known for a while now that the next A45 will be a bonkers, 400-plus hp hatchback with insane performance figures, but the chairman of the management board of Mercedes-AMG, Tobias Moers, just confirmed even more amazing details at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. When asked about the transmission, Moers said: "Yes. It's a dual-clutch eight-speed, the A35 is a seven-speed, the 45 will have an eight-speed." This is interesting because most new Mercedes products use either seven or nine gears, meaning this will likely be an all-new transmission.

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Moers also confirmed that the next A45 will be able to send more power to the rear wheels. The current A45 can send up to 50% of the power to the rear wheels but the new car should be able to send much more. An exact number wasn't given, but Moers said: "Okay... you can go sideways with it." Like the E63 AMG, the A45 will likely come with some form of drift mode.

The A-Class was the first car to debut the new MBUX interface and the new A45 will find new ways to use the system to display pivotal driving information. We still don't know whether or not the A45 will be sold in the U.S. market and we are still waiting to see the A35 in sedan form.

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