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n AMG version of Mercedes’ upcoming GLA crossover was just spied taking laps around the Nurburgring.

The performance variant of Mercedes’ small crossover will come powered with the same turbo 2.0-liter four cylinder found in the CLA 45 AMG and A 45 AMG cars. That means 355 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque on tap through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and the latest version of Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive system.

Black plastic still covers the car, but larger wheels, wide tires and big brakes stuffed into the wheel wells hint at the car’s performance. Of course, the car will also sit lower to the ground than its normal GLA siblings.

When it reaches showrooms, the GLA 45 AMG will compete with Audi’s RS Q3, which pushes 360 hp out of a turbocharged five-cylinder engine.


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