Since the debut of the new Audi RS3 Sportback, we’ve seen it featured in quite a few different comparison tests. Some of which featured similar competitors, such as the Volkswagen Golf R, and some have featured oddball competitors, such as the BMW M3. However, there really is only one car the RS3 has to beat — the Mercedes-AMG A45 S.
Prior to the RS3’s release, the AMG A45 S was truly the undisputed mega-hatch king. Its 415 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine made it the most powerful hatch in the game and its tenacious all-wheel drive system gave it unflappable grip. It won nearly every realistic comparison test it was featured in. So can the new Audi RS3 Sportback take down the king? Find out in this new Piston Heads video.
Both cars are pretty similar on paper. Both used transverse-mounted turbocharged engines; the Audi RS3 uses a 2.5 liter turbo-five-cylinder, while the AMG uses a 2.0 liter turbo-four. The Audi RS3 Sportback makes 401 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, while the AMG gets 415 horsepower and 369 lb-ft. Both cars use dual-clutch automatics; the RS3 a seven-speed and the AMG an eight-speed; and both have front-wheel drive-based all-wheel drive systems with drift modes. You can tell Audi went right for the AMG’s throat when developing the new RS3. Both are also about as quick as each other, getting to 60 mph in just under four seconds. However, what’s more important is what they’re like to drive.
In this new video from Piston Heads, Dan Prosser drives both cars back to back on some twisty UK roads to see which is the better driver’s car. It’s a tricky one to call, as they’re both so good in their own way. Without spoiling the review, it really comes down to whether you want a pure driver’s car or something that’s more well-rounded. That will determine which car is for you but, honestly, there doesn’t seem to be a wrong answer.