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Mercedes A-Class live pics: 350 hp AMG version in the works?

 Mercedes A-Class live pics: 350 hp AMG version in the works?
Mercedes-Benz A-Class concept / United Pictures

Is it possible that the development team over at AMG is already hard at work on a 350 hp (261 kW / 355 PS) version of the brand new Mercedes-Benz A-Class? The folks at Top Gear say it is not only possible, but likely.

Citing an unnamed source, the television show's blog suggests the car will be a four-wheel drive using "the same platform as an upcoming small 4x4 offering."

The rumor was re-ignited on the same day as the official unveiling of the Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class. Similar rumors surfaced back in December, with sources suggesting the car could get a 2.0-liter engine with a mechanical twin-scroll turbo generating about 320 bhp (239 kW / 324 PS). At that time, a new six-speed dual-clutch and all-wheel drive was speculated, along with redesigned 18-inchers, bumpers and side sills.

The Concept A-Class already features much more dynamic styling than what we would expect from most Daimler-produced vehicle. Good news if you like that look: Mercedes designer Mark Feterston told Top Gear that the production version of the car will hold on to 85 percent of the concept model's design when it reaches showrooms in the UK.

Under the hood, the concept features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-banger that kicks out 207 hp (155 kW / 210 PS), meaning the latest A-Class AMG rumors suggest a whopping 69 percent increase in power from the concept.

It is nice to dream, and this is one fantasy we hope becomes a reality.

Source: Top Gear

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Comments (14)

 Night Mage Night Mage
Erm, could it be a decent A-Class... at last?! I hope so...
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May 24, 2011 9:15 am
 Captain Scarlett Captain Scarlett
As if the production A-Class is going to look like this!
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April 21, 2011 4:14 pm
 alessandro alessandro
I will buy one. A decent hatchback, MB!
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April 20, 2011 2:04 pm
 GTurbo GTurbo
Mercedes Benz finally earns its A-CLASS in some style. The AMG variant should be a yummy-mummy and proud-daddy favourite!
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April 20, 2011 1:57 pm
 milanpg milanpg
this is really, really good looking car. i love it
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April 20, 2011 7:50 am
 NewGit NewGit
What's with the out of place wiring in the 4th image (above the brake pedal) ?
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April 20, 2011 4:30 am
 bone91 bone91
nice audi..of wait BMW...darn...its a Merc.. looks nice but the design is a mixture of audi and BMW. now all cars look the same.
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April 19, 2011 11:24 pm
 molythro molythro
I love it love it love it!!
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April 19, 2011 9:42 pm
 Han Solo Han Solo
I've always hated the A Class (design, power, ride and handling), but this one is a beauty...
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April 19, 2011 8:26 pm
 dmanero dmanero
Providing they can get the concept to run. I read some where they had to push the concept on the show room floor.
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April 19, 2011 6:49 pm
 Narco Narco
I remember driving the A-class from Paris to Nantes back in '02. It had a 1.4L diesel engine - no turbo. I clearly recall the number of middle fingers I got as I cruised at redline in the left lane at a smooth 65mph. 204 hp is a completely new level in this car. Fishes, Narco.
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April 19, 2011 6:05 pm
 zot959 zot959
Absolutely Brilliant! This blows away the Audi A3 & BMW 1 Series. Superb.
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April 19, 2011 4:50 pm
 catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
check this out, not a good promotion for german engineering, haha: http://zmarter.com/cars/mercedes-benz-a-...
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April 19, 2011 4:46 pm
 uzzie uzzie
the first decent looking A-Class, nice
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April 19, 2011 4:23 pm