What’s the fastest performance car you can buy for under $100,000? That’s the question we keep getting asked over and over again. The number of contenders is rather varied and the argument remains that you can certainly buy a $50,000 car and spend another $50k to make it supercar fast, but ultimately, there are only three cars that have the credibility to make it to this test.
They also all happen to be from Germany; the Mercedes-AMG A45, Audi RS3 and the new BMW M2. If you’re wondering why we don’t have a local hero in there with a big V8 up front, it’s simple, cross shopping of these high-performance European cars and a big Aussie sedan is extremely rare and relatively irrelevant.
The idea for the test came from our last comparison of the Audi RS3 and Mercedes-AMG A45, in that test the A45 certainly felt like the fastest car but we concluded the RS3 was more liveable as a daily driver. Now that the BMW M2 has arrived, it was time to hand the keys over to a professional driver and find out which of these three cars can claim the title of the fastest track car.
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