• Apr 19, 2011
2012 Mercedes-Benz Concept A – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Mercedes-Benz Concept A has been enjoying lots of hype as the seductively-styled concept will donate most of its design cues to the upcoming 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-class. Now, the next small Mercedes has gotten even more enticing, with AMG reportedly hard at work on a 350-horsepower version of the diminutive Benz. Rumors of a baby AMG have been swirling for months now, but with the new styling comes new hope that the car will actually exist.

That much grunt goes a long way in any application, but in a car the size of the A-class, it's borderline murderous. Word is AMG will attempt to rein in the herd with a four-wheel-drive system gleaned from Mercedes' upcoming small SUV.

Details like what engine AMG will shoehorn into the A-class are nonexistent, though we'd expect it to be a tuned version of the 2.0-liter, turbocharged BlueEFFICIENCY four pot in the standard car. Whatever winds up motivating the baby 'bahn stormer, with that much power and a possible four-wheel drive setup, it promises to be a stone riot. No word yet on whether the AMG A-class will make it to the States, but Mercedes is reportedly thinking about bringing the standard version here, which at least gives us a small shred of hope.

[Source: Top Gear]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      gerald schwartz
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is a super wow car a class is class a
      A B
      • 3 Years Ago
      Unfortunately, it will probably only be sold in Automatic. And here I thought that they were going to take us where the Mazda 3 should have been going. Still, that size, that level of power, and that drivetrain sounds amazing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Congrats Mazda, everyone is starting to design their cars to look like yours...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Huh? I don't get your point...it's not grinning at me.
          • 3 Years Ago
          I'm referencing all the sweeps and swoops on the side. For some reason it just screams Mazda at me...
      • 3 Years Ago
      You can get this now it's called a stage 2 Subaru STI hatch. 350hp/360tq on 93 octane. You just need a downpipe and accessport. Cost $1,100.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just put a diesel in it, get over 40mpg, and watch Mercedes sell them like hotcakes!
      AMG THIS
      • 3 Years Ago
      It will need a new engine...The SOHC 2.0L in the current car wont cut it and I doubt AMG wants anything to do with it. Great time to intro a DOHC, DI and Turbocharged all new 4-banger for this and the B-class. Heck, put the new 4-cylinder diesel in this and make sure it has at least 380 lb-ft of torque
      • 3 Years Ago
      I long for the days of hotted up Mercedes sporting a three pedal configuration. Do they make any amg tuned diesels? I thought overseas they had a few variants.