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Drag Race: Audi RS3 vs Mercedes A45 AMG

Fresh from a recent (and very closely-fought) victory over the BMW M2, the Mercedes-AMG A45 4MATIC lines up against Audiโ€™s fiery five-pot RS3 Sportback in a no-holds-barred all-wheel drive straight-line shootout.

Both are five-door hatchbacks. Both feature all-wheel drive. And while the Mercedes-AMG has more power, the Audi hits back with a lighter kerb weight. Can the A45 continue its winning streak or will the RS3 be the new champ? Letโ€™s see how it plays out over a 380-metre drag race.

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For a detailed spec sheet comparing the Audi RS3 and Mercedes A45 AMG:
http://www.cars.co.za/compare-cars/Audi-RS3-RS3-Sportback-quattro-vs-Mercedes-AMG-A-Class-A45-4Matic/4030518/44002951/

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Perhaps a used Mercedes A45 AMG is more appealing?
http://www.cars.co.za/usedcars/Merced…

Read our driving impression of the Audi RS3 Sportback here:
http://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/audi-rs3-2016-review/42101/#.VzG0hoR97IU

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49 Comments

  1. Try Best of 3 you might be surprised that its ,more about the driving !!!!

  2. I just watched the S3 v M135i and surprised the S3 won. I’m also surprised the RS3 won against the A45. Well done Audi.

  3. merc A45 AMG will definitely be fast๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘Œ

  4. RS3 must go down under the ground ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ’€

  5. These people should talk less and let the cars do the talking.

  6. Wet condition Sure the audi win but in dry condition I think the mercedes win

  7. Close that man

  8. The Audi is fast and sounds great, it just looks boring as fuck and still suffers from chronic understeer. Audi really needs to update the styling to reflect the performance.

  9. mercedes quality audi vw plastik shit

  10. ๆˆ‘ๅ€‘ๆ„›ๅ•Šๅ•Š

  11. I’d pick the Merv anytime because the Audi looks like a soccer mom’s MPV and I won’t be doing straight drag races in wet conditions all the time.

  12. both are great cars and i’d take anyone. love the 5 cyl sound though.

  13. I

  14. i was really hoping the audi would lose

  15. Wow, a sixth of a second quicker after four hundred metres. The definition of "negligible".

  16. Yawn – The stat junkies are out in force in this review.

  17. oooo
    it’s done
    #@vorsprung

  18. That was close but the A45 murdered it on every track

  19. is this tuned or stocked ?

  20. From what I know about the merc 4Matic system is that it’s front wheel drive until the wheels start to slip or while cornering, so that’s why the merc lost traction

  21. quattro!

  22. fucking benz

  23. hello
    Alex

  24. Put the winner up against the sti hatch!

  25. I swear this channel ends alot of arguments , thank you cars

  26. what is video sound?

  27. music is my life

  28. The sound alone of the RS3 is reason enough to buy it. Only car I know you can buy for the price that sounds like a baby Lambo. Take out the secondary cats and wow is it one of the sexiest sounding cars. Five pot any day over a 4 cylnder.

  29. Just like some prefer blue over red or green or whatever.
    To me, cars are the same, it is preference.
    Some like FPS more than MMORPG and vise versa.
    Some are gay, some are straight, some are bi
    The list goes on soooooooooooo stop bashing each other just because they don’t like the same thing as you do.

  30. You guys can’t launch

  31. Audi Quattro shits over 4-matic, even x-drive shits over 4-matic. I owned a Mercedes m class and it was bloody useless in any sort of extreme weather. Bought an e-class later , so much better, you know what your getting and it definitely deliverers!

  32. Mercedes > audi

  33. you need to do the test again

  34. now imagine the a45 with a all wheel D 2.5 5C engine haha daym

  35. Audi power! It’s not suprising, RS Audis are brutal.

  36. No, that’s not a legit Quattro traction, it’s Haldex.

  37. Audi’s Quattro awd systemhas better traction

  38. audi best

  39. Car Magazine did the same drag race with the same cars, and the A45 won by the same margin. Just shows it’s down to the driver, not the power under the bonnet.

  40. A45 all the way

  41. Audi RS3 is the best

  42. how is rs3 lighter if its 1520kg and the amg is 1480kg(they probably made a mistake of the weight, check it yourself, the audi is 1580kg and the amg is 1480kg) , how is rs3 faster if the amg has more hp? the fuck audi, what did you put under that bonet? is it the dsg thats giving the audi the advantage?

  43. audi cheated. a true hot hatch should have 4 cylinders!

  44. All this hate.. What people dont realise is that the RS3 is now coming out with a 294kw Engine, with 480nm of Torque, And Audi stated that their new super hatch/sedan should be able to do 0-100kmph in 4.1secs..

    Sorry AMG you lost the battle…

  45. audi rs3 only 1485kg?sure?

  46. Audi is Audi, isn’t dad? hue hue

  47. fuck be grateful to have 2 such great cars…whinger.

  48. mxm

  49. ho cooool yeh

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