Video: BMW 123d Coupe vs. Audi TT 2.0 TDI Quattro

1-series | January 21st, 2009 by 11

BMW 123d Coupe, a car that has been mentioned here by us many times in the past few weeks. The 123d is that car that …

BMW 123d Coupe, a car that has been mentioned here by us many times in the past few weeks. The 123d is that car that you know you want it, you know it will make you happy and excited, but…for those of us living in the U.S., it’s just a dream…for now.

But enough with the dreams and hopes, let’s see what we have today. So, the BMW 123d takes on the Audi TT 2.0 TDI Quattro roadster, in a video test drive created by the fellows at FifthGear.

Model BMW 123d Coupe

Engine type 2.0 liter, four cylinders, twin turbo

Power/Torque 204 hp @ 4400rpm / 295 lb ft @ 2000rpm

Transmission Six-speed manual

Model Audi TT 2.0 TDI Quattro

Engine type 2.0 liter, four-cylinder diesel injection system

Power/Torque 170 hp @ 4200rpm / 258 lb ft @ 1,750rpm

Transmission Six-speed manual

Video after the jump


11 responses to “Video: BMW 123d Coupe vs. Audi TT 2.0 TDI Quattro”

  1. roffle waffle says:

    click on the youtube link to see it in better quality

  2. Gord says:

    Wow I actually thought the Audi would win, but the sporty bimmer proved otherwise !

  3. Matski says:

    More Power, More Torque, Rear Wheel drive….

    .. and it beat the Audi (with it’s Quattro) in the rain, on a damp circuit.


  4. Mauro Corti says:

    Well Matski, at first I was gonna say “but 123d hase more power”, then I saw this

    BMW 123d 0.0007 Kg/CV
    Audio tt tdi 0.0008 Kg/CV

    So the difference is reeeeeally little.

    Good job bmw, on the dry track the distance should even be wider!

  5. Tom says:

    Bring the BMW 123d state side already!

  6. No oil burners for you, in the US ;)
    Why? You are premium, you don’t need diesel :)

    BMW 123d is a very nice little car, but is not cheap!
    Properly configured it can cost more than a medium 5 series.

  7. Marc says:

    It was only 1/2 sec. difference. That is not enough to tell the tale given road conditions, concentration of driver, and type of tires. So that goes to say that the cars are probably closer to even than one being better than the other…

  8. Matski says:


    True, the difference wasn’t huge, but on a narrow wet track I wouldn’t have bet against the Quattro.

    In the dry I’d have expected the BM to win, but not in the wet.

  9. Gragop says:

    I had my money on the TT in the rain too…but with it that close, I’d say tires could have created that difference

  10. Horatiu B. says:

    @Marc: They are very close to each other and the TT came a long WAY from the first model.

    The 123d is an amazing car and I have only heard great things about it. BMW would be foolish not to offer it here in the States, to create a nice of 1 Series enthusiasts that don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for the 135i.

  11. Audis are my favourite cars.

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