BMW M3 vs Audi RS5 video review

BMW M3 | October 8th, 2010 by 17
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One of the most popular reviews in the sport luxury segment is the the one between the BMW M3 and its top competitor, Audi RS5. …

One of the most popular reviews in the sport luxury segment is the the one between the BMW M3 and its top competitor, Audi RS5.

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.

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.

And as always, the following question arise: is the RS5 as good as the M3? The usual question that almost always received the same answer: M3. The UK fellows at AutoExpress decided to put the two cars in a head-to-head comparison on camera.

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17 responses to “BMW M3 vs Audi RS5 video review”

  1. plaxico says:

    Child please…..
    Review is pointless since this lad is such a bmw fan boy…..
    both cars are history tho, since Merc is putting out a C-coupe AMG in a few months.

    THE DADDY is coming back home children!

    • Shincai says:

      Guess what?
      I don’t give a f****….
      This is a BMW Blog if you havent noticed yet
      Quit talking about Mercedes.

    • Daniel Hoang says:

      Hey Plaxico, 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302, thats all Im going to say. ~440hp, ~25MPG on a 6 speed stick, and German class handling. By the way, the C coupe is suppose to be a 1 series competitor not a 3 series.

    • wazon8 says:

      As always pathetic post from troll.

    • wazon8 says:

      And what you actually recommend to this journalist is to compare existing cars with non-existing one and you recommend him to do drive test with non-existing car. Do you have something in common with thinking?

  2. Babken says:

    Nothing in its segment can beat BMW M3!

  3. Kodey says:

    I don’t understand, when will the last 30% of the world realize that nothing, and I use the thousands of auto reviews/er’s to back my point, nothing can beat this generation M3.. what is it three years old now? The best Mercedes can do to the C63 AMG is up its power for a refresh and Audi’s NEW RS5 can’t even beat a 3 year old M3… ///M Power.

  4. Giom says:

    They do go to great lenths, these other car makers, don’t they. In the end tho, they’re always playing catch-up. They try bigger engines, new designs – even copy BMWs launch control, but nothing comes close.

    I’ll admit that the RS5 is beautifull and does its thing better than the C sixty what-ever. But it’s still catching up. Three years from now (or so), there will be a new M3. But, BMW will not be putting in larger engines with the other two in mind, they will be re-writing the rule books for the others to follow once again.

    You have got to love BMW!

  5. JakeM says:

    Dear Lord you guys are such a bunch of fanboys.

    Audi with their RS5 and Mercedes with their C63 AMG might compete with the M3, but they do their own thing with the cars. In no way do they try to “beat” the M3. That’s just some crap magazines come up with in order to create hype and sell their publications.

    • wazon8 says:

      So, do you suggest that there is no competition in terms of performance between M, AMG and RS? All cars mentioned by you can compete, but they’re outperformed by M3.

      • JakeM says:

        They “compete” in the sense that they’re in the same class/price range, but the fundamental tuning and setup that goes into them are DIFFERENT. The M3 is track-oriented, the C63 AMG is an Autobahn stormer and the RS5’s AWD setup implies traction qualities in unfavorable weather conditions. The M3 outperforms them on the track. Have the M3 race against a C63 AMG on the Autobahn and it can’t outperform the C63 AMG. Likewise, have the M3 race against an RS5 in the snow or wet and see what happens. The track is where the M3 dominates, mostly.

        • wazon8 says:

          @Jake: Even if these cars are design for these different aims, it doesn’t mean that customers will care about it. I bet that the customer who buy RS4 because it gonna behave better when pushed really hard in bad wheather conditions is rather rare case. There is some reason for taking all these cars on a track and compare them during good wheather. First of all, people became more curious when they’re driving during bad conditions and I wonder how many RS5 or RS4 owners check what their cars are able to do when driven at wet race track. My guess is that not many of them. Socondly, accelerating on Autobahn is – well – boring thing to do in long period. How many times will you enjoy acceleration? 50? 100? 1000? But some day you gonna take your car on twisty road, especially that you’re dealer was convincing you that it’s great, sorry, the best car in its class to take it on race track. I wonder how many C63 AMG owners would declare that they bought their cars because of acceleration. My guess is that not many of them. Perhaps the truth is that most of customers of such cars are people who find them to provide equal performance at least from the point of their abilities to drive, and what’s decisive for them is easiness, pleasure of drive and similar things. What’s track test shows to them is what they can expect in this respect from car they are interested in. It turns out that C63 AMG is hardest thing to drive due to lack of precision (when compared to RS5 or M3) and problem with power delivery to wheels. RS5 is perhaps the easiest car to drive, but it sacrifies pleasure one can find in properly settled RWD as in M3.

  6. Kyle Silvers says:

    No one does it like BMW

  7. Les says:

    In the dry both cars are equal. Albeit the Audi does not slide around corners like the BMW does. Face it, who does that on the public road? Nobody!

    All these BMW fan boys out there will eat their hats when this race is performed in the rain. The RS5 will destroy any rear wheel car due to its AWD capability and the crown differential which pretty much means it is rear wheel drive or AWD (dependent on available grip).

    I’m selling my BMW after 3 years and have ordered an RS5 for a change of scenery. I am tired of having the rear end spin out on me around roundabouts or corners and tired of it being stuck dead in the snow.

    I will give you all a hint though. Buy snow tyres for the BMW. Big difference.

    But i’m moving to Audi AWD.

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