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
The trouble is that to get the 4WD system in, the engineers have had to put the engine a long way forward, which makes it nose-heavy, which in turn dulls its responses and surely makes it understeer, too. Well, yes, but only if you have the space and cojones to find out, because on a dry public road, you'll never find out where the limit lies - the RS3 just grips and goes. Sure, you might have cause to loosen the shackles of the two-stage traction control, but I guarantee you'll chicken out of cornering speeds before the car does.
The Audi does speed extremely well, both gathering it and maintaining it. What it doesn't do is make that speed exciting. If you want an all-weather bundle of energy and vim, the RS3 is a good choice, but it's a destination car rather than a journey car.