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BMW M135i vs. Mercedes-AMG A35: The Drag Race

30-12-2019 12:35
The BMW M135i and the Mercedes-AMG A35 may be the cheapest performance cars on offer from the two German marques, but both are pretty mean, nonetheless. The question is, which one is faster?

The BMW M135i and the Mercedes-AMG A35 may be the cheapest performance cars on offer from the two German marques, but both are pretty mean, nonetheless. The question is, which one is faster?

The Mercedes-AMG A35 comes packing a two-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine rated at 306 hp (228 kW) and 400 Nm (295 pound-feet) of torque. It uses a seven-speed DSG transmission and 4Matic+ AWD system to send the momentum to all four wheels. Its electro-mechanical multi-plate clutch can direct up to 50% of torque to the rear axle, resulting in 4.7 seconds from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph). The top speed is capped at 250 km/h (155 mph), as usual.

The BMW M135i comes very close to its rival in terms of specs. It also packs a turbo-four mill with two liters of displacement, also has 306 hp (228 kW) at the crank and xDrive AWD. Its top speed is likewise capped at 250 km/h (155 mph). However, it packs more maximum torque (450 Nm, or 336 lb-ft) and uses an eight-speed automatic transmission to deliver it to the axles. The sprint succeeds in 4.8 seconds (down to 4.7 s with the M Performance package installed).

As you can see on the video, both hot hatches launch almost equally fast and go shoulder-to-shoulder. However, the Mercedes quickly gains some headway and continues to gain it until the finish line, beating the BMW to it by a full car length.



Editor Andrew Raspopov
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