Mercedes' new hardcore A-class has been spied testing

These are the first spy pics of the new 320bhp Mercedes A-class AMG.

Caught here heavily camouflaged, the hardcore A-class is distinguished by high-performance brakes, AMG alloys and a dual exhaust system.

See spy pics of the hardcore Mercedes A-class AMG

Powering the third-generation A-class will be a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine. Drive is transferred to all four wheels via a new six-speed, dual-clutch gearbox.

Due on sale in the UK in September 2012, the car will be priced to compete with the Audi RS3, Volkswagen Golf R and an M Sport-badged, turbocharged four-cylinder version of BMW’s second-generation 1-series hatchback — which suggests that it could be around £35,000.Read more about the hot Mercedes A-class

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