Audi RS3 vs BMW 1 Series M Coupe
Both the Audi RS3 and BMW 1M are a solution to a complex equation. Time for some Top Gear maths...
Posted: 26 Sep 2011
In each instance, the latter. For entirely scientific reasons, the Audi RS3 is good at acceleration: launch is assisted by all four wheels and some clever electronics, it changes gear in 0.nothing. But do figures tell the whole story? Is the RS3 really that much faster than the 4.5secs-to-60mph 1M, and does that automatically make it a better car? No, no and of course not; you can't measure how good a car is, because figures aren't warm, three-dimensional, descriptive things - they're cold, stark and, at times, cruel.
But BMW and Audi obviously believe they play a part - why else would both have produced rival cars with such similar killer stats: bhp, lb ft and so on? So for a little light relief, TopGear went to a test track and did some scientific testing, with tape measures and stopwatches and everything.