The 2016 Mercedes-AMG A45 is the world’s most powerful four-cylinder production vehicle – a five-door hatchback powered by a 2.0-litre turbo engine with an astonishing 280kW of power and 475Nm of torque.
To give it some context, 280kW is more power than a series one VF Holden Commodore SS, and it’s all from an engine that’s a third of the capacity.
With 4Matic all-wheel drive, a new front (optional) differential lock and a heavily reworked seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, using the worked AMG 2.0-litre engine’s power should theoretically be easy as pie.
The AMG Dynamic Select driving mode controller allows the driver to choose between Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual and, my favourite, Race mode.
Full pricing and details for the Mercedes-AMG A45 are yet to be confirmed by the brand, but whatever it costs and however it is equipped, we can’t wait to see how it stacks up on Aussie roads early next year.