The hot-hatch game has moved on significantly over the past few years and to be a real contender, you need to packing at least 270 horsepower. From South Africa comes a drag race between the BMW M135i and the Audi S3 Sedan.

The Audi S3 makes do with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder motor packing 276 horsepower and 380Nm of torque. The BMW M135i packs 320 horsepower and 450Nm from its 3.0-liter turbocharged straight six. Not only is it powerful, but it also makes a lovely noise at full power.

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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 – extremely beneficial in a non-rolling start and on a slippery tarmac like the Killarney Raceway in Cape Town.

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Can the Audi S3 sedan use its quattro advantage to build enough of a lead, or will the BMW M135i pull away right from the get go?