We live in the era where hot hatches are divided into two different performance categories: well, the normal hot-hatches, which are the ones that offer all the usual traits and the so-called hyper hatches, the new breed of compact performance cars that pack so much grunt, they can easily embarrass the less skilled supercar driver at the traffic lights.
Both the Mercedes-AMG A45 and Honda Civic Type R belong to the hot-hatch universe, and the German model is the one packing significantly more power and the bigger price tag.
The point of this drag race is not to find out which of the two models is the fastest on the straight line, but rather to see how much more performance you get for £10k over the sticker price of the 306 horsepower Civic Type R.
We know already that the Mercedes-AMG A45 is powered by the 2.0-litre turbo that sends 376 horsepower to all four wheels via the seven-speed dual clutch gearbox.
Mercedes claim the 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in the astonishing 4.2 seconds. If you wonder exactly how much faster off the line that Merc really is from the Honda Civic in order to decide whether it deserves the extra money or not, watch the latest CarWow video linked below.
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