We have just joined the journalist hordes in Affalterbach for some early peeks at AMG's imminent future, and the downsizing trend is really catching on, even here with Mercedes-Benz and its traditionally big-engined high-performance arm.

The biggest news was the smallest news: a really hot-looking high-performance A-Class model dubbed A45 AMG that will take it to the soon-to-be tested BMW M135i and future Audi RS3. Specific numbers are not out, but engine bosses tell us to expect around 370 hp and 300 pound-feet of torque. The engine is all-new: a twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter called M133 and based loosely on the Daimler 2.0-liter turbocharged unit. If those figures are accurate, that would mean the M133 has the greatest true series-production power-per-liter rating in the world. This is the first AMG engine not built at Affalterbach, but at Daimler's state-of-the-art four-cylinder assembly plant at Kölleda, but the "one man, one engine" approach remains unscathed.

Word has it that the United States and Canada most likely will not get this wee AMG, but we hear this same powertrain with strengthened seven-speed dual-clutch transmission will come to us in a four-door CLA 45 AMG version, and possibly also in a smaller crossover vehicle based on the modular chassis beneath the A- and B- Class ranges.
Official pics from this early peak-a-boo at HQ come out only after we leave, but we just got hold of these spy photos that show the car with very little left to the imagination. Best example of what we're talking about is the main show car unveiled at this past March's Geneva motor show – the A 250 Sport with the full AMG treatment pictured here.

Of what little we could divulge from the stone-faced Teutons, these little 45 AMGs will all come with all-wheel drive, and we don't intend a full-on 4Matic treatment. It is aidsed instead by a hang-on rear differential. But you can switch off completely the ESP and have a solid Sport rear bias. The challenge for all this dynamically will be the projected 60-percent of total weight resting over the front axle, 60 percent of around 3,300 pounds.

Redline on the tach is currently shown at 6,300 rpm, so we'll almost certainly be wishing it were left to go higher when we test it. The center transmission lever of all AMG models is there as well, which is a much finer interface for us than the civilian trim steering column lever-ette.

AMG folks say that there is a good chance that there will also be an optional Driver Package that will let the top speed go to 174 miles per hour versus the stock 155 mph. Pricing is said to be competitive with a BMW M135i or where an RS3 could end up. AMG is planning that from creating the three versions of the new compact lineup – hatch, sedan, and crossover – by 2017 and the 50th anniversary of AMG that total annual volumes will climb from today's 20,000+ units to 30,000+.


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      Dump
      • 2 Years Ago
      The luxury makes are quickly outpacing the Evo & WRX with their small/mini road-going dynomos. How things have changed....
      rockmann88
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great car, similar in size to my Subaru hatchback wagon. Small powerful cars like these are really a lot of fun to drive, and if it comes with 4WD it will have great cornering and handling as well as being very versatile in all weather conditions.
      pontonpagoda2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Everyone is missing one fundamental point here. The Evo and STI are purpose built racers whereas the Mercedes isn't. once the STI and the Evo can compare to the Benz's comfort, quality, and luxury then i'll welcome everyone's criticism. Until then this Benz will remain an astounding achievement that the cheaper made Japanese car companies could only hope to achieve. This car, instead should be compared to cars like the BMW 1M and Audi RS3. Whilst they are both great cars, i am of the opinion that the Benz is better simply due to the fact that the Audi and BMW ride too hard, whereas, and i am sure the Benz will ride smoothly and relatively comfortably considering. As far as i can see no one has brought up the point that this car gets from 0-100km/h faster than the BMW, or that is has a lower centre of gravity as well as a better drag coefficient than the BMW. Once again i raise these points because the BMW and Audi are comparable models in terms of power,quality,price,luxury and practicality, however the Mercedes and Audi outstrip the BMW in terms of practicality and general user friendliness.
      AM2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still not quite as powerful as the 405hp Lancer Evolution X FQ400 which also has a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AM2
        The FQ400 was a very limited production, limited availability (Euro/Japan only) specialty model and thus not "true series production". Though if hp/L is what we're after, dont Mazda RX rotaries take the cake even from highly turboed mills? RX8 1.3L, 230hp na, or a decade before that, RX7 1.3L 260hp turbo.
          David J. Bernstein
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          The FQ400 wasn't available in Europe. First, it was RHD only. Second, a handful of them made it from Japan to the UK as second hand cars. Notice I said "a handful". The FQ400 is insignificant in Europe. Hell, the regular EVO and Impreza WRX STi sell poorly in Europe.
          MachDelta
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          Only Mazda engineers and fanboys will argue (until they're blue in the face, mind you) that the 13B/REN is really a 1.3L. The rest of the world (including the motorsports world) knows it breathes like a 2.6L.
        AcidTonic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AM2
        It's not. Bash him all you want. The Benz doesn't have the record or come close. But it is a nice car. The Evo X FQ400 too...
          Jazzor
          • 2 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          Lol at these Benz fans voting you down every time you mention the Evo... They seem butthurt :)
      Taylor DeCastro
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good Lord that looks like fun. It's frustrating that two and four-door hatches still don't have as deep of a market here in the US. Which is why we don't get other good looking cars like the Scirocco, and the 2-door A3/S3/RS3 here in the states. I'm not one to say "bring it to this side of the world and I'll buy one..." namely because I don't have that much money...but maybe a nicely used one...in about 10 years.
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      NOW do you people see why I said that 260 HP GTI wasn't anything to be impressed with?! Haha!
      Nowuries
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please Mercedes Benz, bring this to the US--I will be the first to buy one!! We want a sporty luxury hatch (and not an Audi)!!
      David J. Bernstein
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm so loving this car already. It's going to be badass.
      Jazzor
      • 2 Years Ago
      Highest specific engine output (power/unit displacement): Petrol/Gasoline (forced-induction) piston engine - 151.3 kW (206 PS; 203 hp) per litre - Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution FQ-400 302.15 kW (411 PS; 405 hp) 1.997 L I4[7] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_automotive_superlatives Nice try AB/Benz...
      untitledfolder
      • 2 Years Ago
      I will do European delivery if this is an option in the US, Mercedes. I already have lodging in Stuttgart, and I've been to the Sindelfingen delivery center twice already.
      PAUL
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just bought one before Christmas to replace my Jag XF 3.0 S, absolutely brilliant!
      Crash Bandicoot
      • 2 Years Ago
      Everytime I read an article like this, I immediately start scrolling for the words "United States" to see if they are joined with a positive sentence or a negative sentence. And 99/100 it is the latter. I swear it is getting really old that all these sweet cars are getting built, and not being sold in the US. RS4 avant S4 Avant Really any hot hatch/wagon from europe
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