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
Why is this? Hard to say, but it must have something to do with how much detail you get from the car. The Audi is softer, more forgiving - an all-rounder. The BMW isn't. It's noisy on motorways and demands more from you. If you have wobbly bits, they will jiggle. But you never think of the ride as firm or sharp, just that the suspension is telling you exactly what you need to know. And it will carry on telling you, no matter what sort of road you're on. You can't escape it.
Nor do you want to. This detail is what makes the BMW 1M so special, and yields utterly sensational handling. The front steers, the rear drives (and is deliciously, delightfully adjustable...), there's no corruption through steering or chassis, the weight is centred in the car. It just does what you tell it to, and does it simply, accurately and entertainingly.