Do 0-100 km/h (62mph) times matter in real life? Hardly. Do manufacturers emphasize on them? Largely.
While fast acceleration aids in safe overtaking and at times safe lane changes, the need to measure how quick our cars hit 100km/h from stand still is almost non existent esp on day to day driving. But they form a large basis for marketing sports cars, an open space where car makers spread their bragging rights based on acceleration times.
The 2020 Mercedes-AMG A45 S has the most powerful 4 cylinder engine in a production car, it’s quick and extremely potent – 416hp and 500nm. That torque is a foreign figure in this segment and with a 0-100km/h time of 3.9s, this is easily what we now call a super hatch. Drift mode on these work like magic too…its equal rivals are even a notch higher in terms of engine capacity, like the turbo 5 Audi RS3.
Now that we have established our fan boy level on the A45 S is pretty solid, why not look at some V8s that are slower to 100km/h (62mph) than this pocket rocket? Again, these times are useless and the V8s listed here are in different categories altogether not to mention the weight differences. We will try to stick to manufacturer given 0-100km/h times.
2020 Mercedes-AMG A45 S: 3.9s
Engine: 2.0L I4 Turbo
Output: 416hp / 500nm
2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350: 4.5s
Engine: 5.2L Flat Plane Crank V8
Output: 526hp / 582nm
This one is even cheaper than an average spec A45 S AMG…and it comes with a manual.
2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe: 4.0s
Engine: 4.0L V8 Biturbo
Output: 503hp / 700nm
Ferrari F40: 4.6s
Engine: 2.9L V8 twin-turbo
Output: 471hp / 577nm
BMW E92 M3 GTS: 4.4s
Engine: 4.4L V8 N/A
Audi R8 V8: 4.6s
Engine: 4.2L V8
Output: 424hp / 430nm
Corvette C7 Stingray: 4.5s
Engine: 6.2L V8
Output: 461hp / 609nm
2020 Jaguar F-Type P450: 4.5s
Engine: 5.0L V8 Supercharged
Output: 450hp / 580nm
2019 Lexus RC F Track Edition: 4.8s
Engine: 5.0L V8
Output: 480hp / 536nm
Some Sporty GTs below make the list too
2020 Aston Martin DB11 V8: 4.2s
Engine: 4.0L V8 Biturbo AMG
Output: 510hp / 675nm
2020 Bentley Continental GT V8: 4.0s
Shouldn’t even be here…almost as heavy as its W12 counterpart, 500kg heavier than our A45 S here, blimey.
Engine: 4.0L V8 twin-turbo
Output: 542hp / 770nm
Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale: 4.5s
Engine: 4.7L V8 N/A
Output: 454hp / 520nm