Audi RS3 vs Mercedes-AMG A45 drag race

This should be a no-brainer. After all, both of these German turbo all-paw rockets have highly efficient launch control systems, so surely picking a winner is as easy as reading the spec sheet?

In which case the laurel will go to the new Mercedes-AMG A45, its updated 280kW/475Nm 2.0-litre turbo four rocketing it to 100km/h in just 4.2sec, a tenth up on Audi's new 270kW/465Nm 2.5-litre turbo five-pot RS3.

As it turns out, it's not quite that simple, as one of these cars is capable of beating its claim by a big margin. But which one? Watch and find out.

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  • Its hardly that quick. 20 years ago WRXs where running those numbers with a chip-exhaust and intercooler. They also where doing it with around 1/2 the boost of the Audis and Benzs that are up around 28-30psi
  • I own an RS3 and have got 0-100 in 4.0 sec straight with launch control. I have not driven the 2nd Gen A45 but did drive the 1st and those were miles apart in handling and performance. The RS3 is an all rounder, loads of fun, but also a great daily. It is well equipped and brings plenty of smiles.
  • @McF1 because they like to get your hopes up then rape you in the back.
  • Wow. Incredible. Sensational. Under 4.0 sec by the Audi RS3. An amazing 0.3 sec less than their claimed time of 4.3 sec. And well done to the updated A45 for matching there claimed time. Wonder why Audi is conservative with their claimed time.