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
They are both habitable, usable, desirable cars, but the point here is that RS and M are both Badges That Matter, and these cars are not designed primarily as passenger-carrying devices. In fact, the more you can do to discourage people from joining you, the better. They'll only be scared when you get carried away. Which you will.
Because 0-60mph in 3.8secs is pretty special and takes no talent at all to achieve, due to the Audi's readily accessible launch control mode. The five-cylinder 2.5-litre single-turbo engine is borrowed from the TT RS, where we like it very much indeed for its power and warbling noise. It's a fraction more muted here, but still exciting and responsive and with a massive mid-range kick. It is great, all the more so because it's cooped up in a hot hatch and has genuine RS pedigree, but it's not as sweet to use, as searingly sharp and potent as the BMW's straight six.