Drag Race: BMW M135i vs Audi S3 Sedan

To be a real performance car contender these days, you need to packing at least 200kW. This battle pits the executive warrior (Audi S3 Sedan) against the brawny hooligan that is the facelifted BMW M135i.

Both have over 200kW on offer, but there are many key differences between the two. The Audi S3 makes do with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder motor delivering 206kW and 380Nm. The BMW M135i has an almighty 240kW and 450Nm from its 3.0-litre turbocharged straight six. Not only is the BMW more powerful, but it also makes a lovely noise at full power. On paper at least, the Audi S3 sedan looks to be substantially outgunned, but it has one additional weapon at its disposal: quattro all-wheel drive. How much of an advantage would all-wheel drive traction be on the slippery tarmac of Killarney Raceway in Cape Town, South Africa? One way to find out…

Compare the BMW M135i to the Audi S3 sedan here.

Watch the video below to see who wins this battle of the premium brands. Regardless of who wins, we can guarantee there will be another title challenger soon enough.

BMW M135i vs Audi S3 Sedan Video