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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Night Mage
Erm, could it be a decent A-Class... at last?! I hope so...
May 24, 2011 9:15 am
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Captain Scarlett
As if the production A-Class is going to look like this!
Apr 21, 2011 4:14 pm
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I will buy one. A decent hatchback, MB!
Apr 20, 2011 2:04 pm
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Mercedes Benz finally earns its A-CLASS in some style. The AMG variant should be a yummy-mummy and proud-daddy favourite!
Apr 20, 2011 1:57 pm
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this is really, really good looking car. i love it
Apr 20, 2011 7:50 am
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What's with the out of place wiring in the 4th image (above the brake pedal) ?
Apr 20, 2011 4:30 am
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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.
Apr 19, 2011 11:24 pm
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I love it love it love it!!
Apr 19, 2011 9:42 pm
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Han Solo
I've always hated the A Class (design, power, ride and handling), but this one is a beauty...
Apr 19, 2011 8:26 pm
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Providing they can get the concept to run. I read some where they had to push the concept on the show room floor.
Apr 19, 2011 6:49 pm
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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.
Apr 19, 2011 6:05 pm
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Absolutely Brilliant! This blows away the Audi A3 & BMW 1 Series. Superb.
Apr 19, 2011 4:50 pm
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check this out, not a good promotion for german engineering, haha: http://zmarter.com/cars/mercedes-benz-a-class-breaks-down-at-debut-pushed-on-stage-by-execs.html
Apr 19, 2011 4:46 pm
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the first decent looking A-Class, nice
Apr 19, 2011 4:23 pm
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