The rivalry between BMW M and Mercedes-AMG continues, despite these two contenders taking rather different approaches to compact performance. Can Bavaria's rear-wheel-drive M2 CS best the all-paw A45 S from Affalterbach in a straight line? Let's find out with a Performance Shootout drag race...

*Grab a copy of the January 2021 issue of CAR magazine to get the full Performance Shootout (sponsored by Bridgestone, OUTsurance and Sabat) experience…