Mercedes-AMG A45 S vs Audi RS3 Sportback vs BMW M2 Competition vs Volkswagen Golf R

James Allen
March 24, 2020

It’s the ultimate German sports car shootout! In this carwow drag race, four of the hottest performance models from Audi, BMW, Mercedes and VW go head-to-head, so we can find out which one is the fastest of them all.

On paper, the Mercedes-AMG A45 S has the best chance of victory in this drag race. Its 421hp, 2.0-litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine is the most powerful here, and it also has all-wheel drive that can launch it off the line like a rocket. However, it’s also the heaviest car here, tipping the scales at a pretty portly 1,635kg.

The all-wheel-drive Audi RS3 Sportback poses a real threat to the A45 S. Its 400hp, 2.5-litre, turbocharged, five-cylinder engine is almost as punchy as the Mercedes-AMG’s, and the 1,530kg Audi has the benefit of being considerably lighter. Don’t discount the BMW M2 Competition, either: the rear-wheel drive may be a disadvantage in the damp conditions, but the car’s 410hp, 3.0-litre, turbocharged, six-cylinder engine means it has plenty of performance once the wheels find grip on the slippery surface.

As a wildcard entry, we’ve also included the humble-in-this-company Volkswagen Golf R. Its 300hp, 2.0-litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine is comprehensively outgunned by the other cars here, but the VW is also a far cheaper car. Plus, its all-wheel drive system could be a thorn in the side of the rear-wheel drive BMW.

So, which German hot hatch (or sports coupe) comes out on top in our drag race? Watch the video above to find out.