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For many years, performance cars have been compared to the BMW M3, but there has been so much advancement in this class of cars that there are a bunch that people compare cars to. Someone buys a new Golf R, they get asked how it compares to an Audi RS3. Someone buys a Porsche Boxster, they get asked how it compares against an M3, and so on and so forth. This drag race video from the chaps at Carwow serves to answer a bunch of these questions for the performance fanatics, and the lineup is pretty fantastic. Two are storing rear-wheel driven cars, and two are all-wheel drive hatchbacks, and thanks to the pricing (sorta) and performance of the cars, they’re a perfect matchup. Three of the four cars are turbocharged, two of the four have power sent to the rear wheels and the other two have power sent to all four wheels when the ion board systems deem it necessary. Oddly, they’re all German cars. One thing to remember is that not all these cars excel in a straight line, a car you see taking the lead in a drag race might not necessarily take the lead around a circuit, but that’s a discussion for another day, and if we do find any videos of the cars seen here playing on the track, we’ll most certainly share that with all of y’all. We like all the cars here, and having recently driven the A45 S around Kyalami, we were hoping it would do as well in this kind of race, but the competition is fierce.

We’re sure the BMW M2 is everyone’s favourite to take the win in this comparative drag race, likely because it’s the most powerful of the lot. There’s a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline 6 doing duty that’s rated at 338 kW with 550Nm of torque, but that power is sent to the rear wheels only. It’s a heavy chap, tipping the scales at 1 720 kg. The new Audi RS3 is a monster of a car powered by a turbocharged 2.5-litre 5-cylinder powerplant producing 294 kW with 500Nm of torque, and that’s sent to all four wheels. This one has a weight advantage thanks to its 1 570 kg rating, so it should stand a good chance of keeping up with the more powerful M2. Then there’s the new Mercedes-AMG A45 S that features the world’s most powerful series-production turbocharged 2.0-litre, rated at 310 kW with 500 Nm of torque. This too sends the power to all four wheels and tips the scales at 1 550 kg. The Porsche 718 Boxster GTS is the normally-aspirated competitor, and even though it’s missing boost, it’s the most expensive car in this test, which is what you expect when there’s a Porsche crest involved. The 4.0-litre flat-six is still strong though, being rated at 294 kW with 430 Nm of torque, and that’s sent to the rears only. So there’s no turbo, similar power and it’s also the lightest of the lot at 1 435 kg. How will all of this translate to the straight-line performance of a drag race? That’s the question that Mat Watson and crew attempt to answer for you.  

Take a look at the YouTube video from the entertaining crew at Carwow as they pit a few modern and very popular sportscars up against each other. This new generation of cars is properly fast, and the pricing and technology has increased across some brands and so we find an Audi and Mercedes-Benz hatchback on par in terms of performance with a Porsche - how times have changed. Which is your money on?: New BMW M2 v RS3 v AMG A45 S v Boxster GTS: DRAG RACE | carwow

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