It won't be coming to America, sadly, but we now know what to expect from the hot Mercedes-AMG A45 sedan.
A few months ago, Mercedes-AMG lifted the wraps off the 300-HP A35, but the specs pale in comparison to the upcoming A45. After showcasing the hot hatchback's dedicated drift mode in a teaser video, we may now know the juicy specifications of the new A45 and A45 S months before the official reveal.
According to a listing on German insurance website HUK24, the range-topping Mercedes-AMG A45 S will extract an impressive 416 horsepower from its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which means it will be even more powerful than the five-cylinder, 400-hp unit used in the Audi RS3 and TT RS.
The regular A45, on the other hand, will have 382 horsepower on tap, which is six more ponies than the outgoing A45. This contradicts AMG boss Tobias Moers's claims that the AMG A45 will have "well over A45," unless he was referring to the range-topping A45 S.
The current AMG A45 is limited to a top speed of 155 mph and can hit 62 mph in 4.2 seconds, so we're expecting the new models to have brisker acceleration times. The hotter S model could also have a higher top speed of 168 mph. These leaked specs suggest an official reveal of the A45 is imminent, so don't be surprised if the hot hatch makes its world debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March.
Sadly, the A45 hot hatch won't be going on sale in America. The Mercedes A-Class hatchback has never been sold in America, so the new A45 isn't going to buck the trend. Happily, however, Tobias Moers has already confirmed that a hot Mercedes-AMG A45 sedan is coming to America.