In the last episode of the Fifth Gear, (Season 20 Episode 2) Tiff Needell and the ex-British Rally Champion Mark Higgins have put the Audi RS3 and the new BMW 1M on the race track.
So let’s see who is better…
The Audi RS3 is powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine producing 340 horsepower and 332 ft lbs of torque. Power is transferred to the ground by all four-wheels using Audi’s Quattro system and a 7-speed S-tronic direct-shift transmission.
There’s no programmed torque vectoring.
Compared with your garden-variety A3, the RS is lower and has a wider front track, and its front tires huddle under specially flared fenders fashioned from beautifully finished carbon fiber.
The RS3 requires 4.6 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) and is limited to a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). It starts at £39,930 (OTR).
On the same time, the BMW 1M has a 3.0-litre straight-six engine that produces the exact amount of power like RS3 – 340hp. The difference ( one of many ) is that the 1M is a rear wheel drive car. At 335 horsepower, the twin-turbo six is way out of the M3’s 414-hp league, but makes up the difference with stacks of torque from 1,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm, peaking at 332 lb/ft — 37 lb/ft more than the M3.
The car is electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h) top speed. There is an M Drive button that activates a quicker throttle response program.
Anyway enough with the techy data … let’s what these cars are capable of …