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
Yes, it delivers that startling acceleration figure (and more besides), but that's down to traction and gearbox, not engine.
BMW has been criticised widely for a) using turbocharging for the 1M, as forced induction just isn't the M way, and b) taking the engine in question straight from the flagship Z4. None of that matters. What's important is that this is a spectacularly exciting engine to use, fizzing with energy and enthusiasm, howling through the revs, crackling on the overrun and revving like it's naturally aspirated. Nothing with a turbo that I can think of has ever been this snappy, this focused and eager. It's bloody brilliant.