It's amazing how much a difference 10 years can make in the world of engine technology.
Mechanical advancements to forced induction, and smaller capacity enigines along with fast-shifting transmissions, four cylinders can now give V8s a run for their money.
The S3 is powered by a 2.0-litre, turbo four cylinder with 213kW/380Nm, while the RS4 has a 4.2-litre V8 producing 309kW/430Nm.
Despite being neck and neck in the rolling race, the S3 walked away from the RS4 in the quarter mile (400m), completing it in 13.5 sec compared to 14.0 sec.
But this isn’t the first-time a turbocharged car has spanked another car with a larger engine on the drag strip, with Volkswagen Golf Rs being able to chop many of our local heroes.
So, yes old-timers, there is a replacement for displacement.
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