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

Can it be? Could it be? Top Gear says "Yes", but we're still sceptical about plans for a Mercedes-Benz A-Class AMG. Live pics and new Details about the A-Class, and information about its potential robust sibling, inside.

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.

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Motor show Auto Shanghai
Model Mercedes A-Class
Automaker Mercedes-Benz
Article type Concept Car
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