German carmaker Mercedes is set to trump all of its rivals by taking the next Mercedes-AMG A45 past the 400bhp barrier as the top-end of the hot hatch war heats up.
Speaking to AutoExpress, the head of Merc's manic AMG performance division, Tobias Moers stated that for the next AMG-tuned A45, his engineers have been given a "blank piece of paper" to build a brand new engine which will produce over 400bhp.
The new engine is needed as the current A45's turbocharged 2.0-litre engine is already at its limit, thanks to the amount of heat generated in the cylinder head which will impede another boost in performance.
The current Mercedes-AMG A45's engine produces 376bhp and 475Nm of torque, which is sent to all four wheels by a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox.
The Mercedes-AMG A45 sprints from 0-100km/h in just 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 270km/h, if the owner opts for the optional AMG driver's package.
The next generation of the car with its power upgrade is expected to cut down the acceleration time of the current manic hatchback.
Moers also admitted that the extreme version of the A45 could allow AMG to slot in another model in the A-Class range, similar to the 43-badged versions of the C-Class and the E-Class.