Mercedes A38 AMG
Trust Mercedes to pull off the twin-engine trick in a package that is not only entirely sensible but, thanks to the three letter acronym appended to the model name, also a bit bonkers. The original A-Class was a clever bit of design with a ‘sandwich floor’ that effectively placed the engine below the level of the occupants, the idea being that in the event of a front-end crash it would slide underneath rather than into the cabin. It did also make the car’s centre of gravity rather high, making the car feel like falling over in the presence of large wildlife.
However, what it also meant was that the engineers at AMG could add a second engine to the car underneath the bootfloor. The result, other than some flared wheel arches covering some beefy AMG alloys, which in turn hid E55 AMG brakes, and a dinky roof spoiler, is that the A38 didn’t look all that different from a standard A-Class. However, at the flick of a switch the second engine came into play, driving the rear wheels and doubling the car’s output to 250PS and 359Nm which dropped the 0-60mph time to below six seconds. Reports on how many were built vary but one was gifted to Mika Hakkinen after winning the 1998 Formula 1 championship in a McLaren-Mercedes.