Can The Mercedes-AMG A45 S Beat A BMW M8 Competition In A Drag Race?
Yes, we know. This title is a question that no one has asked. However, this is an interesting comparison, we think. You see, the Mercedes-AMG A45 S is a powerful machine with an elegant design (I love the execution of the Panamericana grille on this car) and the most powerful four-banger ever created.
With the appreciated power of this little AMG, can it match another performance car that is almost twice what it is? Case in point, the BMW M8 Competition. Just for its price, the M8 overshadows the AMG A45 S by more than half.
Carwow raises this question and pits the two cars in a race. While not a full track comparison, the British publication puts them on a drag race, which is enough to see what is faster offline. But first, drop the numbers here.
The AMG A45 S is, of course, powered by the large 2.0-liter M139 engine with a twin-scroll turbocharger, developing 416 horsepower (310 kilowatts) and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton meters) of torque. Its fully loaded sample weighs approximately 3,000 pounds (1,360 kilograms).
The BMW M8, on the other hand, uses a 4.4L S8 twin-turbo V8 under its hood, producing a healthy torque of 617 hp (460 kW) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) in Competition models. These figures motivate the four wheels with an option to send them all to the rear.
The M8 is much more powerful than the A45 S, of course, but note that it is also much heavier at 4156 lb (1885 kg).
With these figures presented, can the AMG A45 S follow the competition of the M8? The answer is it depends, and you have to watch the video to find out.