A Mercedes A45 AMG Black series has been spied by our photographers udnergoing testing at the demanding Nurburgring circuit.
While at first glance this may appear to be a completely undisguised standard Mercedes A45 AMG, there are a few tell tale signs that this is in fact the extreme Black Series version.
From the images, only the larger wheel arches seem to separate this car from the standard A45 AMG. However, the biggest changes to the Black Series will take place under the bonnet. If you look closely at the rear of the car you’ll notice the rather unsightly protruding tail pipes. This is an indication that the car has been undergoing emissions testing, meaning only one thing - an increase in power output.
The standard A45 AMG produces 355bhp from its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, making it the most powerful 2.0-litre engine in any production car. The Black Series is expected to squeeze around 400bhp out of the same motor twinned with the same AMG seven-speed gearbox and four-wheel drive transmission, meaning the standard 0-62mph time of 4.6 seconds will be dramatically cut down.
The production version of the A45 AMG Black Series is also likely to be fitted with a much beefier body kit than the mule in these pictures, larger brake discs, and more aerodynamic additions to the front end. However if Mercedes did produce a Black Series version of the A45 it would mean a reversal of their previous policy for only giving its two-door models the full-fat Black Series treatment. It would also likely cost over £50,000 - and produced in very limited numbers.