Drag race: BMW M240i vs Audi RS3 vs Mercedes-AMG CLA 45S

April 14, 2022 by

Can BMW’s new M-light car beat the full-fat alternatives from Audi RS and Mercedes AMG? Let’s find out.

For today’s drag race, Mat is behind the wheel of the all-new BMW M240i. It has a 3.0-litre straight-six turbocharged engine under the bonnet with 374hp and 500Nm of torque. This power is put to the ground via an eight-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel-drive, and the BMW weighs in at 1,690kg. If you want one on our driveway, you’ll need to part with £46,000.

Representing the four rings, we have an Audi RS3 Saloon. Its 2.5-litre inline-five cylinder turbocharged engine has 400hp and 500Nm of torque, fed to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. As for weight, the Audi is the lightest car here at 1,575kg. The RS3 will set you back £56,000, though you can head to carwow if you want to find the best deals.

Finally, let’s take a look a the Mercedes AMG CLA 45S. It may have the smallest engine here at 2.0-litres, however it’s the most powerful with 421hp and 500Nm of torque. The eight-speed automatic gearbox sends power to all four wheels, and the Mercedes tips the scales at 1,700kg making it the heaviest. It’s also the most expensive at £61,000.

So, will the all-out power of the AMG be enough? or will the BMW pull out a surprise victory?  You’ll have to watch the video to find out.

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