If a drag race could be extended out to 162 mph; for one, you'd need a pretty long strip. Two, you'd get to see a lot of variables come together, such as if an all-wheel drive system is as effective in the upper ranges of its speedometer?

To answer such a question, Option Auto has put together a pretty neat drag race comparison between a 326 horsepower BMW M235i and a 360 horsepower Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG. A quick look at the competitors suggests that these road hounds have very little in common, other than impressive German racing pedigrees, and a relatively compact size. However, that is what makes this match particularly interesting.

I now direct your attention to the top of the video, where the RWD 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 BMW will be busy snapping its rpm gauge until it reaches 162 mph. At the bottom will be the dash layout of the AWD 2.0-liter turbocharged Merc. Neither of these cars utilized launch-control during the making of this video, and the outcome may not be as obvious as you might expect.