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
And you always know where you are with it, because you have a lever next to you that you have to move. Manual gearboxes are starting to seem curiously old-fashioned, but think what they offer - or more accurately, what they demand. They demand concentration; they involve you in the process. The 1M's is a good one - short of throw, loves being punched through the gate and, being mechanical, connects you to the car.
The Audi's twin clutch does all it can to simplify your workload. If you don't want to, you don't even have to pull a paddle, but the flipside of this is that you get complacent, leave it to its own devices and then get caught out when an overtaking opportunity presents itself. So, yes, at the test track, speed of shift matters, but in the real world it just doesn't.