For sector times and a full write-up of the test, written by our racing driver himself, see here:

These are the hero cars of a generation. Hyper-hatches that deliver performance which supercars from just a decade ago might struggle to match. And we were hugely excited to see which was fastest.

We gathered the new BMW M2, the latest Mercedes A45 AMG (with 280kW), the Audi RS3 Quattro with active exhaust and the rather mental-looking Honda Civic Type-R for a proper head-to-dead track race.

This is internal combustion vs the clock, driver vs machine, and machine vs the conditions. It’s also a test of drivetrains: rear wheel drive vs front wheel drive vs all-wheel drive.

Let us know what you thought of the race in the comments below.

You’ll find performance stats and specifications for all the cars presented at the end of the video.

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Produced by Ciro De Siena, Ashley Oldfield, Dave Taylor
Directed and presented by Ciro De Siena
Driver: Ashley Oldfield
Edit and colour by JJ Jordaan

DOP: Warrick Le Sueur
Camera: Melri Theunissen
Camera: Tom Purcell
Camera: Fuad
Sound: Moller


    • Fabian Tarantino
      Fabian Tarantino

      270 Kilowatts? What's that in foxpower per cubic millihectares?

      about 15 days ago
    • lascaossos

      "so now i'm in the audi and.. oh snap i can already tell you this understeer actually feels amazing!"

      about 25 days ago
    • Aron Murphy
      Aron Murphy

      audi/vag massively overrated not as good as they say and usually get beat by the competition

      about 29 days ago
    • Bailey Kirk
      Bailey Kirk

      All these irrelevant points about a standing start, there's no guarantee that all cars would be at the exact same speed in a rolling start because speedometers read differently, and RWD won anyway, if it was pissing it down with rain or snowing it's most likely the audi would win, what's your point 😂

      about 1 month ago
    • Xsbg 247
      Xsbg 247



      about 2 months ago
    • Jerome Little
      Jerome Little

      This is a old RS3 being used for this test. The new RS3 has 400bhp

      about 2 months ago
    • Scar
      Scar In reply to Jerome Little

      look at the time when they made the video... since then there's also a new a45, type r and m2!

      about 1 month ago
    • laggadread1

      Why it's always BMW

      about 3 months ago
    • Freddie

      I don't think that guy had driven a RWD car before lol

      about 4 months ago
    • clement quirder
      clement quirder

      Bmw m2 is the fastest and best looking too

      about 5 months ago
    • muhammad hanif
      muhammad hanif

      German vs Japanese car

      about 6 months ago
    • Eldon Perry
      Eldon Perry

      The young German the ultimate driving machine

      about 6 months ago
    • Yizhou Niu
      Yizhou Niu

      Just think about price, other cars more expensive than civic!!! You pay less price but you have similar entertainment? In the real word, how much you have is the top rule!

      about 7 months ago
    • PJ Buys
      PJ Buys

      Wow, A45 vrpha🙌

      about 7 months ago
    • ••• xD35P153x •••
      ••• xD35P153x •••

      I'll have that Audi in a heartbeat. A45 is one of the ugliest cars in the MBZ lineup and the type R is one of the ugliest cars on the planet. Not a BMW fan but it's tough looking. Need these cars in America fo show.

      about 8 months ago
    • Claudio C
      Claudio C
      Cmon this is the Honda type R 2018-2019

      about 8 months ago
    • Claudio C
      Claudio C

      Type R 2017 not 2019.....look at the exhaust ....against Audi and merc much they pay you .? To mislead the consumers...?

      about 8 months ago
    • Wandile Simelane
      Wandile Simelane

      the only reason the bmw didn't score a much better time is becoz its heavier so it less agile around the corners...... but I gotta give credit to merc for such a fast record for two cylinders less,1 ltr and tens of thousands less

      about 8 months ago
    • rtorbs

      270kw ? Sounds like a desk fan

      about 9 months ago
    • Evolvere Spiritus
      Evolvere Spiritus

      Honda should not be in this comparison as its engine is far smaller, but it held well and suppose its cornering capacity helped.

      about 9 months ago
    • Ian Bradley
      Ian Bradley

      A deserved win for the M2. I'd quite like to see a 2019 rerun with the current gen Type R as well.

      about 9 months ago
    • DLN78

      Shows how good the honda is imo.

      about 9 months ago
    • muhammad hanif
      muhammad hanif


      about 9 months ago
    • Person

      face it type-r will always be the king

      about 10 months ago
    • Sonny

      On a road what do u want, acceleration? Or slightly faster on a track? Also the Audi and Mercedes looks the best.

      about 11 months ago
    • Natural BB
      Natural BB

      BMW wins over AMG and Audi on a track YET AGAIN! Literally never get tired of butthurt merc and audi fanboys

      about 11 months ago
    • Georgios Ioakeimidis
      Georgios Ioakeimidis

      Bmw m2 competicion FUCK ALL DAY THIS CARS

      about 1 year ago
    • Georgios Ioakeimidis
      Georgios Ioakeimidis

      Bmw is A KING, sucks

      about 1 year ago
    • Elon Lope
      Elon Lope

      That M2 is FIRE!

      about 1 year ago
    • Angel


      about 1 year ago
    • Samar's Gadgets World
      Samar's Gadgets World

      Driver is so funny

      about 1 year ago