by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

SPY: The 2013 Mercedes-Benz A 25 AMG goes out for a ride in Germany

With the introduction of the new A-Class, Mercedes-Benz wants to grab a big slice of the market segment currently ruled by the premium rivals from Munich and Ingolstadt. Having caused a mass stir after the unveiling that took place in March at Geneva, the new compact hatchback from the Three-Pointed Star constructor comes fully prepared to win on all fields of battle with its direct competitors, the 1er and the A3. The comprehensive array of equipments and versions, designed to meet every customer desire, would not be complete without an AMG variant. The baby rocket from Affalterbach is bound to make its first appearance towards fall 2012, with the market launch planned for late this year or early 2013.

Development for the new A 25 AMG is fully underway, with a test prototype being spotted recently in Germany. The compact sports car is destined to have a striking outfit in true AMG style: an aggressive front apron with generously dimensioned air takes, a single-slat grille, a lowered ride height, 19" or 20" forged alloy wheels with special design features, a rear diffuser and double exhausts for the back end. The racing atmosphere feels at home inside the A 25 AMG courtesy of the carbon fiber/aluminium trims, the deep tone, perforated and stitched leather upholstery, the bespoke instrument cluster and the all-round quality.

Engineers from the High Performance Powertrains department of Mercedes-AMG, headquartered at Brixworth, UK, have readied a new petrol engine for this model: a 2.0-litre supercharged unit releasing a staggering 350 hp of peak output. Formula 1 know-how was also invested in the development of the new powerplant, which reportedly sports cylinder cut-off technology and further clever stuff from the motorsport world. To ensure more efficiency is achieved while the engine is functioning, AMG has also fitted this brand new unit with intelligent cylinder management programme for an accurate, spray-guided fuel injection, a revised exhaust system and the all so present ECO start/stop function. 

That huge amount of power will be smoothly transferred through a 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT transmission  to all four wheels of the vehicle, as the new A 25 AMG runs on a new 4x4 sports traction system that promises to offer best dynamics and safety in class.

According to latest reports, the new A 25 AMG will come in five-door body configuration only, as no three-door model is considered for the standard A-Class at the moment. While European stores are a certain destination, it remains unclear whether Mercedes-Benz will launch the A 25 AMG on the US market as well. What we do know is that the forthcoming CLA four-door coupe is set to arrive in Stateside showrooms next year, only to be followed shortly after by the new 350 hp, all-wheel-drive CLA 25 AMG.

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