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This Drag Race Between Five German Cars Oozes With Unpredictability

The Audi RS3, the BMW M2, The Mercedes-AMG A45, the Porsche Cayman GTS, and the VW Golf R face each other on the drag strip

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The ‘Carwow’ team brought in five German cars to face each other on the drag strip. The contenders include the Audi RS3, the BMW M2, the Mercedes-AMG A45, the Porsche Cayman GTS, and the Volkswagen Golf R. All the cars have very different setups – some are naturally aspirated, some turbocharged; some are rear-wheel-drive, some all-wheel-drive – that make this an unpredictable race. Which car are you betting on here?

The Mercedes-AMG Is The Most Powerful, But Also The Heaviest

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The Audi RS3 comes with a 2.5-liter, five-cylinder turbo engine that puts out 400 HP and 369 lb/ft of torque. All four wheels are powered by a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox
The Audi RS3 is powered by a 2.5-liter, five-cylinder turbocharged engine that makes 400 horses and 369 pound-feet of torque.

A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox powers all four wheels.

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The BMW M2 Competition is powered by a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo straight-six mill. It makes 410 HP and 406 lb/ft of oomph. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox powers the rear wheels
The BMW M2 Competition features a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo straight-six engine. It churns out 410 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of oomph.

Power is routed to the rear wheels exclusively via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

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The Mercedes-AMG A45 comes with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged mill that produces 420 ponies and 369 pound-feet of twist.

All four wheels are powered by an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

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Next up is the Porsche Cayman GTS that draws power from a 4.0-liter, naturally aspirated flat-six mill that dishes out 400 horses and 310 pound-feet of torque.

This example comes with a six-speed manual gearbox that routes power to the rear wheels.

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The Volkswagen Golf R features a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that generates 320 ponies and 310 pound-feet of oomph.

A seven-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel-drive system complement the engine.

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As for the weights, the Porsche is the lightest, followed by the Volkswagen, the Audi, the BMW, and then the Mercedes

Here’s how much each car weighs:


Audi RS3 – 3,461 pounds
BMW M2 – 3,472 pounds
Mercedes-AMG A45 – 3,583 pounds
Porsche Cayman GTS – 3,263 pounds
Volkswagen Golf R – 3,417 pounds

Also, all the cars feature a launch control except the manual Porsche.

How Did The Races Go?

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The first standing drag race witnessed the Audi and the Volkswagen get the best starts. The Mercedes was a little slow, to begin with, but it replaced the Golf R pretty soon for the second position. The RS3 was in a league of its own and went on to win the race. The Porsche and the BMW were nothing more than mere spectators, although the latter did manage to edge the Golf at the end. The results were as follows:

Results - Drag Race 1 of 2


First – Audi RS3
Second – Mercedes-AMG A45
Third – BMW M2 Competition
Fourth – Volkswagen Golf R
Fifth – Porsche Cayman GTS

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The second race was much better for the AMG A45, but not good enough to beat the RS3. At some points, it looked like it would get past the Audi, but it didn’t. On the other end of the spectrum, the Golf couldn’t capitalize on another decent start. In fact, it lost pretty bad and ended up coming last in this race. The BMW just about edged the Porsche to come third again.

Results - Drag Race 2 of 2


First – Audi RS3 – 12 seconds
Second – Mercedes-AMG A45 – 12.1 seconds
Third – BMW M2 Competition – 12.5 seconds
Fourth – Porsche Cayman GTS – 12.5 seconds
Fifth – Volkswagen Golf R – 12.7 seconds

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Next up was the rolling race from 50 mph in comfort mode. All the cars had a good kickdown, but the BMW just emerged out to take the lead. The Porsche also broke out of the clutter to closely follow the BMW. The other three stayed almost on par with each other for quite some time before the Golf started losing oomph. By the end of the mile, the Porsche managed to pip the BMW and get the W by a decent margin. The RS3 again defeated the A45 whereas the Golf had to settle for the fifth position.

Results - Rolling Race 1 of 2


First – Porsche Cayman GTS
Second – BMW M2 Competition
Third – Audi RS3
Fourth – Mercedes-AMG A45
Fifth – Volkswagen Golf R

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The second rolling race saw some different starts and breakthrough points throughout, but none strong enough to change the results from the previous race in any which way

The next rolling race was also from 50 mph, but in the sportiest setting and from third gear. The AMG A45 looked to have gotten a strong kickdown, but the BMW stepped out of the herd yet again. The Porsche kept inching ahead to shorten the distance with the BMW, whereas the Audi got past the AMG on the other side. At the end of the mile, the results were exactly the same as the first rolling race.

Results - Rolling Race 2 of 2


First – Porsche Cayman GTS
Second – BMW M2 Competition
Third – Audi RS3
Fourth – Mercedes-AMG A45
Fifth – Volkswagen Golf R

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Lastly, there was the brake test from 70 mph to conclude the proceedings. The AMG, despite being the heaviest of the lot, stopped in the shortest distance. The Porsche and the BMW were neck and neck at the halt, but the former got the benefit of the doubt. The Volkswagen took the longest to come to a halt.

Results - Brake Test

Here are the results, first being the car that stopped at the shortest distance and then moving on the car that took the longest to stop:


First – Mercedes-AMG A45
Second – Porsche Cayman GTS
Third – BMW M2 Competition
Fourth – Audi RS3
Fifth – Volkswagen Golf R

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Swipe up to watch the races and read about the results in details

Watch the video below and let us know which car surprised you the most.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
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Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. Fast forward to today, and he is currently serving as a senior editor, pickup truck expert, and EV expert.  Read full bio
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