Mercedes A45 AMG Drag Races Audi RS3 For The Crown Of The Fastest Hatch

While it’s easy to crown the most powerful hot hatch just by looking at some numbers, finding which one is the quickest-accelerating in the segment demands a good old-fashioned drag race.

Evo brought the Audi RS3 and the Mercedes A45 AMG together on an empty straight to find out which of these two super-hot hatches is the king of the drag strip.

On the one side we got Audi’s five-cylinder turbo 2.5-litre engine with 362hp and 343 lb-ft (465Nm) of torque sent to all four wheels via a dual-clutch gearbox, making it a true slingshot of a car. Audi says that 0-62mph (100km/h) takes just 4.3 seconds and if you tick the right option, your RS3 won’t stop accelerating until it hits 174mph (280km/h).

Mercedes, on the other hand, threw AMG’s four-cylinder turbo 2.0-litre unit into the A-Class giving it more power than the Audi, with 376hp and 350 lb-ft (475Nm) of torque. Just like its rival, power is sent to both axles via also a dual-clutch transmission. The company claims that the A45 AMG can sprint from zero to 62mph (100km/h) in 4.2 seconds, with the top speed limited to 155mph (250km/h).

The hot-hatch game has moved on significantly and who could possibly expect this kind of sportscar-challenging performance coming from not one, but two five-door hatchbacks? All we know is that we like it. A lot.