The entry-level model from Mercedes-AMG is the world's most powerful compact sports model. The revised gear ratios, aerodynamic fine-tuning and the new Dynamic Select driving modes raise overall performance to a higher level, underlining the leadership claim in this market segment. The compact saloon absolves a sprint from standstill to 100km/h in 4.2 seconds, 0.4 seconds faster than the preceding model. Maximum traction on tight bends is ensured by the standard all-wheel-drive and an optional front axle differential is now available for the first time.
How does the updated Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG stack up to the competition?
The multiple award-winning 2.5 TFSI produces 270kW and 465Nm of torque in the new RS3 Sportback. The turbocharged engine accelerates the compact five-door from 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds and top speed can be increased to 280km/h.
Ford Focus RS:
Ford's EcoBoost technology powers nearly every new Ford vehicle. The new RS is projected to deliver around 257kW and 440Nm of torque from its 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine. The all-new Focus RS shares its fundamental structure with the all-aluminium four-cylinder engine in the all-new Mustang. This engine has, however, been significantly upgraded through a comprehensive package of design changes.