Mercedes A45 AMG to cost under £40,000

Mercedes A45 AMG
31 Oct, 2012 10:39am Jack Rix

The Mercedes A45 AMG will undercut the Audi RS3 when it arrives in 2013

The Mercedes A45 AMG will start from less than £40,000 when it goes on sale next summer, a senior AMG source has confirmed.

"Our target is to sell it for less than 50,000 Euro," Tobias Moers, head of product development at AMG told us. "We want it to cost slightly less than the Audi RS3."

The 335bhp four-wheel-drive RS3 is now out of production, but a number of pre-registered models are still available to buy on the UK market. The A45 AMG's biggest rival therefore will be the rear-wheel-drive 316bhp BMW M135i, which costs from a remarkable £29,995.

However, with four-wheel drive and around 350bhp at its disposal (the exact power output is yet to be confirmed), the A45 should blow the competition away. A 0-62mph time of around 4.5 seconds - a tenth faster than the Audi RS3 - was suggested by Moers.

The A45 has already been proving its pace on the track, too. "We've been timing the A45 around the Nurburgring and the BMW 1 Series M Coupe was our benchmark," Moers revealed. "Let's just say we're extremely happy with our work."

The 1M's fastest recorded lap around the 'Ring was 8 mins 15 seconds, this suggests Merc's hot-hatch will go even quicker.

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I find this utterly exorbitant and will give BMW an excuse to increase their M135i price. This is the price without options too. I would much rather a four/five year old Porsche 911 than a new A45...and I was looking forward to it too as an excuse not to get the porsche or M135 as I've been a long-time Merc fanboy.

This new A-Class looks sweeeet, much nicer than a 1-Series or the bland A3.