Mercedes A-Class AMG planned
* A-Class AMG on the cards * Rival for cars such as the Audi RS3 * AMG considering an R8 rival, too...
Mercedes-Benz is planning a hot AMG version of the next A-Class.
The upcoming A-Class will be launched late next year. It will be much lower and sportier than the current model, making it a natural rival for the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series. Three-door and five-door models will be available.
AMG's new-model manager Cristoph Jung told What Car? the A-Class AMG will go on sale within two years and he expects it to have a four-cylinder petrol engine with 'somewhere between 225bhp and 275bhp'.
'We want a model below the C-Class, but we will use only a platform that's good enough to be tuned into an AMG model, and the next A-Class is.'
AMG is also looking the possibility of building a sports car below the SLS, which will be a rival for the Audi R8 and Porsche 911. The car would cost around 80,000.
Jung said it won't have the naturally aspirated 6.2 V8 for emissions reasons, but would probably have the 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 from the CLS63 AMG, or possibly a smaller 5.0-litre version.