Drag race! VW Golf 8 R vs. BMW M135i vs. Audi S3 vs. Mercedes-AMG A35

Just how quick is the new Volkswagen Golf 8 R? Well, the folks over at CarWow have found out by pitting the newcomer against three other all-paw German hot hatches.

Yes, the Golf 8 R lines up to do battle with the Audi S3 Sportback, BMW M135i xDrive and Mercedes-AMG A35.

Each of the four contenders employs a turbocharged 2,0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine. The Golf R offers 235 kW/420 N.m, while the S3 Sportback makes 228 kW/400 N.m. The M135i and A35, meanwhile, both generate 225 kW, with the former boasting 450 N.m and the latter some 400 N.m.

Watch the video above to see these four rivals take part in a drag battle, a couple of races from a rolling start and a brake test…