Our spies have sent us a fresh batch of images with a thinly camouflaged prototype of a 2016 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG facelift.

Our spies have sent us a fresh batch of images with a thinly camouflaged prototype of a 2016 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG facelift.

Audi released yesterday a video with the RS3 Sportback at the Vallelunga track and the description says it's "the most powerful compact hatchback currently in series production" thanks to a 367 PS 5-cylinder 2.5-liter turbo engine. However, it won't be the top dog for a long time as Mercedes-Benz is just about ready to dethrone the RS3 by bumping output of the 4-cylinder 2.0-liter turbo to from 360 PS (265 kW) to somewhere in the region of 380 PS (280 kW), thus taking back the power crown from Audi.

Aside from the power hike, the revised A45 AMG will feature slightly different graphics for the lighting clusters along with some minor revisions to both front and rear bumpers. Some interior tweaks are planned as well, but nothing to write home about.

While the current A45 AMG needs 4.6 seconds to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill, the facelifted version will probably do it 0.1s quicker and should top out at the same electronically-capped 155 mph (250 km/h).

Most likely we will have to wait until September when Mercedes-Benz will introduce the refreshed A-Class family at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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