As a reminder, the second-generation A45 S employs a turbocharged 2,0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine directing a whopping 310 kW and 500 N.m to all four wheels.
The M2 Competition, meanwhile, uses a turbocharged 3,0-litre inline-six offering 302 kW and 550 N.m to the rear axle. And the RS3 Sportback? Well, Ingolstadt's hot hatch boasts a turbocharged 2,5-litre five-cylinder unit sending 294 kW and 480 N.m to all four wheels.
Watch the video above (while it’s in Italian, there are English subtitles available), which also includes a run on a dyno for each of the three contenders...
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