Mercedes A45 AMG to Get More Power Than Audi RS3 This Autumn

Last year, Mercedes-Benz's baby AMG models dominated headlines around the world. Sure, they weren't vee 8s, like the engines we usually get from Affalterbach, but the A45, CLA45 and GLA45 all boasted the highest output of any 2-liter turbo engine in the world. Even though they used a larger engine with 5 cylinders, Audi still managed to put a huge dent in Mercedes' armor with the amazing new RS3. It boats 367 hp from its 2.5 TFSI, as opposed to 360 hp in the case of the A45 AMG's 2-liter. Are 7 hp insignificant? Not for Mercedes.
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The company is working on a mid-life facelift for the A-Class right now. It will get new paint colors and LED lights, which is all very good and… boring. But Affalterbach is busy with something else. It wants to rain on Audi's parade and give the A45 more power than the new RS3.

In a recent interview, AMG boss Tobias Moers told Autocar that the hot new A-Class "will be the most powerful again" when it makes its debut this Autumn. The British publication says as much as 380 hp is to be expected.

In reality, the 2015 Audi RS3 may still be faster. Experience matters and the quattro simply have more of it.

Audi has been making hot hatchbacks for far longer than BMW or Mercedes. This clearly shows in the way the RS3 is put together. Knowing turbo lag would hamper the drivability, they stuck with their 2.5-liter setup instead of downsizing to a 2-liter, which they could have easily done.

As a result, the new baby RS is amazingly quick off the line, thanks also to its new 7-speed twin-clutch gearbox and Haldex coupling. It achieves 0 to 100 km/h times of 4.3 seconds, noticeably faster than the 4.6 seconds of the A45. Will increasing the boost pressure make the A45 AMG faster? Probably not.
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