The A45 AMG will be equipped only with all-wheel drive. However, with the stability-control system off, power will be distributed with a rear bias. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, derived from the standard A-class unit but strengthened, handles gear-shifting duties. Unlike the standard A-class, the A45 AMG has a center-mounted, AMG-style gear selector, as well as column-mounted paddles.
Curb weight is estimated at around 3300 pounds, with a weight distribution of 60 front/40 rear. Top speed is an electronically limited 155 mph—it’s likely that the governor can be lifted to reach 174 mph.
This powertrain could come to the U.S., but it won’t be in the form of the A45 AMG five-door hatch. Much more likely is an AMG-ified CLA four-door coupe based on A-class architecture or even an A-class–based crossover. Photos and more information of the A45 AMG should be available within the next week.