We’ve been pretty sure for a while that the Mercedes-AMG A45 will have a power output in excess of 400bhp, and thanks to a German insurance company, this has been as good as confirmed. But there’s a caveat: only the range-topping ‘S’ model will have a figure starting with a number 4.
Yep, there’ll be an AMG A45 and an AMG A45 S. Insurer Huk 24 has prematurely listed both on its site, as picked up by Motor 1. An output of 421hp (415bhp) is given for the S, while the entry-level version is marked down as 387hp (382bhp).
It’s unclear at this stage what the spec differences will be between the two cars, but Mercedes may - as is the case with the E63 and E63 S - only offer the confirmed Drift Mode in the S. Judging by the drifty footage released by Mercedes just before Christmas, you’re probably going to want that feature available on your A45.
We still don’t know when we’ll first see the A45 sans-camouflage, but a Geneva Motor Show reveal seems likely. Its A35 baby brother, meanwhile, made its debut at the Paris Motor Show October last year, before being launched the following month.