Mercedes-AMG A45 S vs Audi RS6 drag race

Super hatch takes on super estate as we pitch the Mercedes-AMG A45 S against the Audi RS6 Avant in a head-to-head drag race.

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This might seem like an odd match-up, a small hatchback going up against a large estate. And even though the Mercedes-AMG A45 S is one of the fastest hot hatchbacks there has even been, it surely doesn’t have the firepower to best the mighty Audi RS6 Avant?

Under the A45’s bonnet is a turbocharged, 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine producing 421hp and 500Nm of torque. That’s sent to a 4Matic four-wheel-drive system via an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox. It’s on the chunky side, though, weighing in at 1635kg.

Over in the Audi corner, we have a twin-turbo, 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine churning out a towering 600hp and 800Nm. An eight-speed automatic gearbox deals out the power to quattro four-wheel-drive. But, it’s a proper heavyweight, busting the scales at 2075kg.

So why this mismatched, hatchback vs estate drag race? Simple: Mat’s going to replace his A45 S daily driver with an RS6, so he wants to know how their performance compares. You can do that when you have Mat’s job. We’ve thrown in a wildcard, too. Mat’s girlfriend, Jo, is behind the RS6’s wheel. She actually gets to drive Mat’s cars a lot, so should really have a say in the matter…

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