Yes, the folks over at CarWow in the United Kingdom has got their hands on the new Mercedes-AMG A45 S ... and lined it up for a drag race, of course.

The fresh-faced hyper-hatch’s rivals in this battle? None other than the Audi RS3 Sportback, the BMW M2 and the Volkswagen Golf R.

As a reminder, the A45 S employs the most powerful four-cylinder engine in production, with the turbocharged 2,0-litre unit offering all four wheels a whopping 310 kW.

The RS3’s five-pot generates 294 kW while the R-badged Golf’s four-pot makes 221 kW in UK spec (as opposed to 228 kW here in South Africa). While all three of the above are all-paw machines, the BMW M2 is rear-driven, with its 3,0-litre inline-six worth 302 kW.

Watch the video above to see two drag battles, a couple of races from a rolling start and a braking test…