First, let’s look at the specs. The BMW M3 Competition is a four-door, traditional three-box sedan with a 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged inline-six, an eight-speed automatic, and, in this case, rear-wheel drive. It makes 503 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque.
The Mercedes-AMG A45 is an all-wheel drive, five-door hatchback, with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox. It makes 414 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. While the Honda Civic Type R GT is a funky looking, front-wheel drive hatchback, with its own 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, making 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Though, it gets a proper six-speed manual.
On track at Llandow, Steve Sutcliffe put all three cars against each other, to see which was quickest. The BMW M3 Competition went first, and put down a very impressive time of 43.9 seconds. So could the other two even get close to that, with so much less power?
Well, the Honda Civic Type R GT put down a very impressive 45.6 second lap time. Considering that it has almost 200 fewer horsepower than the BMW M3, front-wheel drive, and a slower-shifting six-speed manual, that’s mightily impressive. Mock the Honda all you want, snobs, the Civic Type R is for real.
But what about the AMG? We know the A45 is a very fast machine, with its 414 horsepower, rapid-fire gearbox, and grippy all-wheel drive. But can it beat the super-fast Bimmer? Well, you’ll just have to watch the video to find out but it’s a lot closer than you might think.