With the new A35 now serving as the “baby AMG,” it means Mercedes can take the A45 to the next level. A reveal of the hyper hatch is expected shortly taking into account this prototype not only had the full production body, but it even had the badges and logos hiding underneath a thin strip of camo. Judging by the look-at-me wing at the back, we could be dealing with the Edition 1 version fitted with all the bells and whistles.

With most of the disguise gone, we can clearly observe the Panamericana grille up front with the multiple vertical slats. The A45 will be the smallest AMG model to feature this menacing look that harkens back to the 300 SL that triumphed in the namesake race back in 1952. Further denoting the car represents a step above the warm A35 is the quad exhaust system providing an intense aural experience.

Gallery: Mercedes-AMG A45 screenshots from spy video

As you are probably aware by now, Mercedes has already revealed a great deal of info about the new A45 seen here stretching out at the Nürburgring gym. For example, its turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine will have up 420 bhp in the even hotter A45 S. We also know the 4Matic system specifically developed for the model will come with a drift mode for tail-happy adventures despite the car’s FWD-based nature. An eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission has been tasked to channel all that power to both axles.

In addition to the A45 hatchback other "45" models on the way include the A45 Saloon and CLA45, along with a GLA 45 and maybe a GLB 45 as well. All of these cars will feature the very same engine, which is the second most powerful four-cylinder ever installed in a production car after the 440-bhp 2.0-litre available in the short-lived, U.K.-only Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-440 MR.

The hatchback will lead the way for the “45” family, with the other body styles likely not far behind.