More powerful Mercedes A45 AMG faces up to Audi RS3

Rumours are abound thanks (thanks to news from World Car Fans today) that Mercedes is plotting a big power hike for its A45 AMG super hatch. For many, the 355hp it already had was plenty but, since the release of Audi’s 362hp RS3, it’s lost its place at the pinnacle of the hot hatch world.

This update from the German marque could end up splitting the A45 into two models – the same way the AMG GT and C63 AMG are. A standard A45 could be upgraded to 375hp while an even-more-bonkers S model could get 395hp.

The A45 is no stranger to the Goodwood hillclimb

All that extra thrust will continue to be channeled through the A45 AMG’s standard four-wheel-drive system via its seven-speed double-clutch automatic ‘box. All this impressive hardware should improve its 4.3-second 0-60mph time marginally.

Mercedes is remaining tight-lipped about the model but we’d be surprised if it didn’t make its noisy debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. There’s no word on when it’ll go on sale but we’re estimating some time towards the end of 2015.

That would tie in with the release of the facelifted Mercedes A-Class, which is rumoured to be on the way. There are no firm details on it yet, but expect it to gets some mild exterior revisions, higher-quality plastics inside, equipment upgrades and slightly lower running costs.

What next?

Read our full, aggregated review of the Mercedes A45 AMG and the cars it needs to beat – the Audi RS3, BMW M135i and the Ford Focus RS. We have also put the RS3 head to head with this year’s other headline-grabbing super hatch, the long-anticipated Honda Civic Type R – find our which model triumphed.

If you’re sold on the bonkers Mercedes, pop the A45 AMG in our car configurator to see how much carwow could help you save or, for more options, head over to our deals page.

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