One thousand one hundred and twenty one horsepower.
That is the combined power output of the three sports saloons in this story.
Had the 1121 sporty horses from Germany and Japan been simultaneously unleashed in anger, they might have caused serious damage to the Golden Mile Tower carpark floor.
Jokes aside, these three powerful turbo saloons are capable of serious performance.
The most muscle-bound contender in this shootout is the Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400.
With 400bhp beneath its bonnet (hence the name) and a more traditional rear-wheel-drive layout (the others are all-wheel-drive), the Q50 isn’t just gunning for its rivals – it wants to draw blood, quickly.
The least potent car in this comparison is the 354bhp Audi S4. But it is significantly more muscular (by 21bhp and 60Nm) than its predecessor, and the brand’s reputation for great interiors is burnished by a long list of standard amenities in this case.
Taking the fight to the S4 and Q50 is the 367bhp Mercedes-AMG C43. Although it is not a full-fledged AMG model (only cars with the “45”, “63” and “65” suffix qualify as such), the C43 packs more than enough power to silence anyone who would dare call it an “AMG-lite” model.
So, which of these saloons ultimately makes an enthusiast’s heart beat faster while making the hairs on his neck stand higher? Keep reading and find out – fast!