At this year’s Paris motor show the new A-Class gets its first AMG version, the Mercedes-AMG A 35. Mercedes-AMG already looks ahead to the official debut next month with two teaser images.
Mercedes-Benz delivered only one fully-fledged AMG version of the previous generation A-Class alongside a series of regular petrol and diesel versions: the Mercedes-AMG 45 AMG. The current A-Class will also spawn such a top version, but for the first time will be offered in a milder AMG variant: the Mercedes-AMG 35. It is that version that Mercedes-Benz now shows in the first teasers.
The Mercedes-AMG 45 variant of the previous generation A-Class offered 381 hp and 475 Nm from a heavily tuned 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The new Mercedes-AMG 45 will undoubtedly be powered by a 2.0 liter turbo again, but a completely new one, that will deliver about 400 horsepower. This turbo is an evolution of the new M270 unit, already available for the A 250. The cylinder bore and stroke remain unchanged, but Mercedes-AMG will use different pistons and bespoke software, together with a new crankcase and cylinder head.
2018 Mercedes-AMG A 45: New sporty A-Class with 400 hp
Powered by a slightly detuned version of the aforementioned turbocharged unit, the Mercedes-AMG A 35 will have its power capped at about 300 horsepower – still enough to challenge cars such as the Volkswagen Golf R. And just like the Golf R, the A 35 is expected to get all-wheel drive as standard.
The all-new Mercedes-AMG A 35 will become the cheapest model in the AMG line-up with an anticipated starting price of around 40,000 euros. More news next month. Stay tuned.