By Eric Yang
on 2.13.13
Photo by Mercedes-Benz

Small car. Big engine. The 2014 A45 AMG is a guaranteed recipe for ear-to-ear grins and a way for Mercedes-Benz to prove they still know the magic elixir well. This beast of a hatchback, debuting early next month, gets a whole range of the badass treatment from our favorite German mad scientists (AMG): a new look and a big upgrade under the hood.

The A45 AMG’s 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 hits 360 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, zipping from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, 4matic all-wheel drive and a three-stage stability control round out this feisty addition to the AMG line. And it’s not just worth its mettle under the hood: an upgraded interior with bucket seats and red accents galore, along with a slightly adjusted sporty exterior, make the hatchback fun to look at, too. All together, it’s a little ride that’s got big fat cojones. Keep your eyes open tomorrow for more coverage.

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