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Audi R8 V8 pitted against a Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Edition 1

The first generation Audi R8 is nearing the end of its life cycle but it’s still an impressive car which has been an important model for Audi in their quest to put the Ingolstadt-based automaker on the map of high-end sports cars. In this video we get to see the base R8 V8-powered version equipped with a six-speed manual transmission being pitted against a Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Edition 1 on a soaking wet drag race.

While the Audi R8 has a V8 engine, the hot CLA is equipped with a much smaller 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine and there is quite a significant power difference between the two. Even so, the CLA 45 AMG managed to put up a very good fight in front of the more expensive R8 as the two cars were neck and neck most of the time.

However, once higher speeds were achieved, the Audi R8 managed to pull ahead and eventually won the race, a natural result taking into consideration the technical differences and price tags between the two.

Although the R8 won, it goes to show Mercedes-Benz has been upping up its game lately together with its AMG division so Audi must have something special in the pipeline for the second generation R8 which will likely be unveiled before the end of the year.

Adrian Padeanu

Long-time fan of the fabled Four Rings.