First race of the Mercedes-AMG hatch and its competitorsDecember 6, 2019
These compact sports cars are called not only the most powerful, but also the most coveted in the segment. We decided to find out whether the five-door from AMG with a 421-horsepower engine deserves the title of “class champion” and gathered a very hot company for it on the runway. The total power of the engines of this trinity almost reaches 1,250 hp!
The sports cars, quite comparable in terms of power, dynamics and positioning, are somewhat different from each other in technical part. The hatchback from Affalterbach is the most powerful engine among the production fours with a volume of 2.0 liters (specific power – 210 hp per liter), all-wheel drive with two multi-plate clutches on the rear axle and an eight-stage robot with wet clutches.
Audi RS 3 – “only” 400 hp with a five-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive with one multi-plate clutch and seven-speed S tronic selector for the smallest number of kilograms among all rivals. And finally, the BMW M2 Competition. This is a special case: the most voluminous motor, the most dynamic appearance and rear drive wheels.
Want to see how the match ended? All details are in the video from our Italian colleagues. But for those who do not want to spend five minutes of their lives, there is a small spoiler: the final turned out to be a little predictable, and the results of all participants in the race gracefully packed within one second. The leader’s speed at the finish of a quarter mile is 185.62 km / h.
But that is not all. The next test stage for the compact German three was the dyno-stand: we decided to check whether their high-tech engines really develop all the declared horses. And here you’ll definitely have to watch the video, because surprises are waiting for you.
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