Just because engines are gettinng smaller doesn’t mean our taste for horsepower is diminishing as well. Volkswagen recently unveiled the Golf R400, said to produce in excess of 400 horsepower from a mere 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine. This would make it the most powerful four-cylinder production engine in the world…but Mercedes tuner AMG has other ideas.
In an interview with Drive, AMG product planning manager Oliver Weich said that the performance division of Mercedes was “prepared for this”, and they’re preparing even more powerful four-cylinder engines for the future,
Right now the top dog is the Mercedes A45 AMG, a 360 horsepower four-cylinder compact, zipping from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.6 seconds, though the Golf R400 is about 3,00 pounds lighter and manages the 0 to 60 sprint in just 3.9 seconds. That would put the R400 on top once it reaches production, though Weich seems unfazed. AMG is prepared for this eventuality, and though light on specifics, it seems a 400+ horsepower hot hatch from the tri-star brand is in the works. Maybe they’ll integrate some of that performance hybrid technology they’ve been hinting at as well?
Will the A45 get another makeover, or is AMG eyeing another vehicle for their performance compact?