The new generation Audi RS3 is absolutely insane. We drove it back in October this year and our Managing Editor Brandon Turkus was amazed by its performance. “Dig into the gas and the RS3's pace feels endless,” Turkus summarised, but is the 2.5-litre inline-five capable of beating one of the fastest production electric vehicles in the world? Let’s find out.

A new video by Carwow puts against each other the newest RS3 and the Tesla Model 3. It’s a classic petrol-versus-electric drag race, and these are probably two of the hottest vehicles in their respective segments. It’s important to note that the Tesla is from the Performance edition.

What are the numbers? The RS3 has a 2.5-litre inline-five turbocharged engine under the bonnet with 395 bhp (295 kilowatts) and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-metres) of torque. The engine is mated to a quick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, sending power to all four wheels thanks to a Quattro AWD system. The sum total of all this technology is a sprint to 62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometres per hour) in just 3.8 seconds.

Against it, the Tesla Model 3 puts to use two electric motors for a combined output of 483 bhp (360 kW) and 487 lb-ft (660 Nm). It’s slightly more expensive, slightly more powerful, and slightly heavier, which basically means this race is going to be close. Or is it? Of course, we are not going to spoil the results for you, but we’ll just mention the RS3 was recently recorded doing a 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) run in just 3.1 seconds

Gallery: 2022 Audi RS3: First Drive

Indeed, the race is very, very close. The difference between the two cars at the end of the race is just 0.3 seconds. The results are virtually identical in both the standing-start and rolling races.