Even though the automotive industry is undergoing the biggest transition in its history, we all have to admit the average car enthusiast is living in the best of times. Yes, yes – I know, the older vehicles were surely more spirited and emotional but you can’t deny the fact that we have some quite capable machines on sale today. Even if we are not talking about the world of outrageously quick hypercars, there’s plenty to be happy about today.

This new video by Sam CarLegion comes to prove that just in time. It shows us a drag race of three very different performance vehicles, each following a different philosophy. Each of these cars is also very, very fast and is relatively affordable when you compare it with products from Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche, let alone Bugatti, Koenigsegg, and others from the hypercar segment. Without further ado, let’s see the competitors today.

Representing the United States is a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. There’s a 5.2-litre supercharged V8 under the bonnet of the black pony, generating 760 bhp (567 kilowatts) and 625 pound-feet (847 Newton-metres) of torque. The power reaches only the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic gearbox. The car weighs in at 1,892 kilograms (4,171 pounds).

Against it are two pretty capable machines from Germany. The first one is a Mercedes-AMG GTS with its 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8. It is good for 508 bhp (379 kW) and 494 lb-ft (670 Nm) of torque and that power is channelled to the rear axle via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The car tips the scales at 1,645 kg (3,627 lbs).

Last but not least, also from Germany, there’s an Audi RS 5 also participating in this drag race. It probably feels like the least hardcore coupe of all three, but still has 444 bhp (331 kW) and 442 lb-ft (600 Nm) coming from a twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6. The power, however, is sent to all four wheels via Audi’s Quattro system and an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

As you can see, the philosophy is different but the goal is the same – speed. Which one of these vehicles is quicker off the line and in a rolling-start race? The answers are in the video at the top of this page.