The boss of AMG, Tobias Moers, has revealed plans to produce a harder, faster “street fighter” version of the already potent Mercedes A45 AMG. But it won’t be badged Black Series, like previous extreme versions of the SLS AMG, SL and C-Class Coupe. That name, Moers says, is reserved for two-door models.
“Let’s wait and see, maybe it’s not a Black Series, maybe it’s a different approach. It would be a nice statement to have a sort of street fighter car in that segment,” Moers explained. “A Black Series model is a race car street legal with two doors. Maybe we don’t use the label Black Series for that car, we are playing around with some ideas.”
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Moers has previously gone on record saying there’s more power to come from the A45’s 355bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, and he told us the 394bhp VW Golf R 400 concept “hasn’t escaped my attention.”
So a more powerful engine, teamed with less weight from a stripped-out interior, stickier tyres, bigger brakes and a high-downforce bodykit would drop the 0-62mph time well below 4.5 seconds, putting it within touching distance of the AMG GT’s 4.0-second 0-62mph sprint.
But don’t expect this street-legal A45 AMG race car to go on sale until the end of the A-Class’ life cycle, in three or four years time. The problem, according to Moers is a lack of manpower: “To meet our requirements with a car like the AMG 45 Black Series you need capacity in engineering and our guys are at the limit right now. Getting the GT S and the C63 AMG to the market, and there’s facelifts and replacement models to work on, it’s a lot of work.”
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