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
Gearbox aside, the Audi is commendably simple. No adaptive dampers or other technical silliness, just two buttons: one for sport mode, the other for traction. The BMW's the same. There's nothing too much to get in the way of you and your fun.
If only the Audi were actually fun. Now, it's not a bad RS car (well, not in the context of the RS5), and it does have some praiseworthy attributes - most notably, its faintly shocking cross-country speed. But do you know what most excited me when reading about it? The fact the rear tyres were narrower than the fronts. Yes, I am a bit weird like that. But my reasoning was sound - I hoped it meant the RS3 would have a less grippy rear end and so would have better handling balance than other fast Audis. No such luck.