• Jul 22, 2010
A few months back, word began to spread that AMG is working on a performance version of one of Mercedes' smallest cars. If true, it would not only mean giving the hi-po treatment to a segment hitherto untouched by the gents at Affalterbach, it could entail swapping a front-wheel drive hatch for a RWD platform. A month later, this small car's benchmarks were found out: the Golf R, Audi S3 and BMW 1 Series. And a month after that the rumors began to coalesce around the B-Class as AMG's subject of choice.
It turns out that the A-Class will be the first in line for an AMG makeover and the Ford Focus RS is also one of its targets. The diminutive Benz will get a four-cylinder, direct-injection engine with a pressure-wave supercharger that's looking at an output of somewhere around 270 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. That gumption will reportedly get to the wheels through a dual-clutch gearbox and then navigate yet more clutches in the rear-biased all-wheel-drive system.

A two-car line-up is planned: a five-door hatch and a CLS-like sedan. But we won't see any of this until 2012 or so, when the next-generation A-Class arrives. And the U.S. is only expected to get the sedan version, which will wear the name CLC, salvaged from the C-Class sport coupe that ended production not a moment too soon.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Manual option, please Mercedes
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hah like that will happen... :(
        • 4 Years Ago
        Real name(except for alphanumeric soup), please Mercedes
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hopefully it will go fast so that I will spend less time staring at it's fugly ass.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How do you know it's ugly? There isn't even an official design yet...
      • 4 Years Ago
      We aren't even expected to get any variant of the A-class even in the distant future. All that is confirmed so far is that we will receive multiple C-class variants and the B-class with a hydrogen drive system only available for lease.
      • 4 Years Ago
      do they have the pressure wave charger in any production vehicles yet?
      • 4 Years Ago
      it is 100% impossible to care about this.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. The E-class has a 276HP engine and its underpowered compared to other cars in the segment - especially the CTS...why isn't an AMG A-class getting at least 300HP?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @nicholiservia

        Because it's front-wheel drive and will be the size of a Polo.

        And the E-Class engine produces 268hp, and will be updated for either 2011 or 2012 to get a 306hp engine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And by front-wheel drive i'm saying that the regular variants will be front-wheel drive and this engine will likely be primarily for them, and tuned by AMG for this model alone. If you consider the upcoming Polo GTI, this should stack up well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      a 270 hp AWD compact? theyre only 20 years behind japan!
        • 4 Years Ago
        riiiight. when did anyone bring up sales volume? did AMG become a volume brand recently? this car has absolutely no market. if you can afford it and are in the market for an 'overpowered' compact, youll probably look at cars with much better performance for your dollar. if you want both civility and performance youre probably going to be looking at larger AMG offerings. a marked up 'hot hatch' by merc will flop. they have no clue on how to build one. this'll probably push 3700lbs. haha
        • 4 Years Ago
        And what does that mean?

        The Japanese and European car markets are completely different. Overpowered compacts aren't very popular in Europe, both in sales and with consumers. There is no need to produce such cars for the European market as they're not very profitable. The current A- and B200 Turbo from Mercedes, with 193-horsepower, don't sell well at all. I'm even surprised this new 270-hp A-Class is potentially entering production.

        The Ford Focus RS, VW Golf R32, Renault Megane Sport and similar vehicles don't sell en masse in Europe. They're strictly extremely low volume cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a waste of gas.
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