Video: Audi RS5 vs. BMW M3 Roadtest

BMW M3 | August 12th, 2010 by 35
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Dutch magazine Autoweek gives us a new comparison test drive between the recently launched Audi RS5 and the BMW M3 Coupe. One of the most …

Dutch magazine Autoweek gives us a new comparison test drive between the recently launched Audi RS5 and the BMW M3 Coupe. One of the most popular comparisons in the past few weeks, the RS5 vs. M3 consumes another episode and again, the M3 sets the standard: “…this Audi is amazing, but the spirit of the M3 is unbeatable”.

Before we jump into the video review with English subtitles, let’s recap some technical details around the two premium sport vehicles.

The M3 is powered by the S65B40 engine, a naturally aspirated, high revving 4-liter V8 (based on the S85B50 5-liter V10 that powers the E60/E61 M5 and the E63/E64 M6 to date) delivering 414 horsepower (309 kW; 420 PS) at 8,300 rpm and peak torque of 400 Nm (300 lb-ft) at 3,900 rpm, which represents a power increase of 22% over the previous generation E46 M3.

Video: Audi RS5 vs. BMW M3 Roadtest

RS5 is out the change the game, and the the wide-bodied two door made its debut at this year’s Geneva auto show. Based on the A5 coupe, RS5’s 4.2-liter V-8 makes 450 hp at 8250 rpm – coincidentally, about 30 horsepower over the 4.0L V8 of the M3 – and maximum torque is 317 lb-ft, available between 4000 and 6000 rpm. The hand-built engine is direct-injected and closely related to the 420-hp V-8 which powers the R8 supercar.

Top speed is electronically governed at 155 mph or 174 mph, spec’d to your order. Zero to 62 mph is accomplished in a claimed 4.6 seconds.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1497041056 Daniel Hoang

    If only Audi could make RWD versions of there cars…

    • FreudeKing

      They cannot because not only do they not know how to, they won’t because no VW’s are RWD and it will be too expensive for them not take the Passat and convert it to th RS4 using the Passat chassis

      • JakeM

        “They cannot because not only do they not know how to”

        I can’t believe your comment got six boosts for such a silly answer. Making a RWD car isn’t difficult.

        “they won’t because no VW’s are RWD”

        Many VWs were RWD in the past. They switched to FWD because of efficiency (fuel economy( and packaging reasons.

        • Giom

          …yes, and now they want to play with the big boys again. Audi made their compromise – thats why they lost this test.

  • XC

    “That spirit of the M3 is unbeatable”

    • Tom

      Spirit or not, the m3 and any other bmw surpasses audi. Audi fcuking sucks, the design is getting old and the history isn’t there. If you disagree, I could care less. The spirit is unbeatable.. It couldn’t be any more true

      • kcsnyud

        When i was younger, i used to think audi was a “ford competitor.”

        • XC

          Still is…lol

        • meech

          hahahhaha love it

  • Giom

    Very nice review! If nothing else, the rear wheel drive will always win in this catagory of cars. It’s the purist layout. In this case, the RS5 is let down by weight – you can’t argue with that.

    • FreudeKing

      Not only that, it is also let down by the 4 wheel drive system which actually makes the car go faster. If BMW uses xDrive in the M3, it would be able to reach 4sec, but ti won;t because it is not a sports car than. RWD is the best system for sports cars. Aui has to settle for 4WD which is better than their normal FWD as they use VW chassis

      • kcsnyud

        Maybe Audi think awd is the best for everything???

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1497041056 Daniel Hoang

          If you trace audi’s heritage a couple decades back, they were one of the reasons Rally Cars went from RWD to AWD. Even so, I think RWD is better since it really fun to drive them.

          • kcsnyud

            Not to mention less weight :)

  • plaxico

    and what happened next, after the review , well m3 is probably in the workshop and whatnot and audi is cruising freely on highways towards Hvar right about now

  • rio

    this plaxico character makes me laugh over and over again, get a life man, you need some fun, relax…

    • Tom

      seriously.. lmao. so much hate on bmw, on a bmw website? shows alot about the person

      • plaxico

        Well, I’m a 15 year old boy who likes to start arguments by visiting blogs of subjects I have no interest in and antagonising the members. There is no chance of me actually owning anything more than a ford because I’m really pretty stupid so I act up. To sum up; I’m a complete loser.

        • Tom

          well okay then!

          • XC

            Best plaxico’s comment ever! hahaha

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1497041056 Daniel Hoang

    Great… Hes bashing me now.

  • viper

    worst review ever. dutch people know nothing.testing cars in hungary?
    audi looks and feels better , looks premium. bmw 2nd

    • XC

      As if you knew…

      • Tom

        Clearly doesn’t lol.
        Ive never driven an audi but I’ve been in them, they absolutely don’t have that safe beautifully designed feeling that bmw has

        Good post horatiu!

  • Rio

    Like I said plaxico, again comments worth laughing, and this guy viper too, I can not believe you guys, I’m new on this forum, I like BMW so I guess you can call me fanboy but I also like some merc models and audis too, and I’ll never say anything bad about any of them, you have to respect these companys, so a little advice: if you don’t have anything smart to tell, DON’T TELL ANYTHING, and people could, just COULD find your future comments worth reading. No hard feelings ;)

    • XC

      NOT worth the effort pal. These obnoxious guys have been here for long time. Just ignore them.

      • kcsnyud

        I think they mentioned in other posts that they are bored…

  • Rio

    And viper is like…14?!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1497041056 Daniel Hoang

      Are you implying that young people are annoying idiots. Because that isnt true.

      • XC

        IT IS TRUE for THIS pair of annoying idiots…

        • XC

          THESE

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000325894622 Hubert Jadczak

    I just LOVE the M3! :D

  • RAMMC

    Got to this page from another bmwblog article stating that the Ford Mustang GT beat the M3 and costs 25k less LOL so much for BMW spirit

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