Audi RS3 Sportback – The toughest opponent for BMW 1 Series M Coupe

News | November 22nd, 2010 by 38
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In January 2011, BMW will unveil the 1 Series M Coupe at the Detroit Auto Show. The 340 horsepower entry-level M is shaping up to …

In January 2011, BMW will unveil the 1 Series M Coupe at the Detroit Auto Show. The 340 horsepower entry-level M is shaping up to be a car built for the pure enthusiasts and drivers looking to experience once again the “Ultimate Driving Machine”.

With its manual six-speed gearbox, rear-wheel drive and M3 suspension, the 1 Series M Coupe represents the most dynamic vehicle in the premium compact class.

But today, Ingolstadt-based Audi releases more details around their RS3 model, along with full photos.

Similar to the BMW inline six-cylinder and rear wheel drive core values, Audi bets on their main selling point: turbocharged five-cylinder engines and the famous quattro system.

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RS3 Sportback is powered by a 2.5 liters engine producing 340hp (250kW) and 450Nm (331lb-ft) of torque. Power is transmitted to the road via a seven-speed S tronic and quattro permanent all-wheel drive. While the 1M is rumored to redline at around 6,500 rpm, the RS3 is able to rev up to 6,800 rpm.

Like all Audi gasoline turbos, the 2.5 TFSI combines turbocharging technology with FSI direct injection.

The RS3 sprints to 100km/h (62mph) in 4.6 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h (155mph). The compact car weighs in at only 1,575 kilograms (3,472 pounds). On the other hand, the 1M is rumored to run to 62 mph in 4.5-4.6 seconds and weigh in at around 1,500 kilograms.

On the outside, the RS3 stays true to the Audi design, lots of LEDs, anthracite single-frame grill with diamond-patterned styling and exterior-mirror casings in mate aluminum paint.

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Rendering by Jon Sibal

Similar to the 1 Series M Coupe, Audi RS3 sits on 225 and 235 mm tires wrapped around 19 inch wheels. In addition, the RS3 sits 25 millimeters lower, and has of course also has a larger braking system.

The Audi RS3 will be built at the Hungarian Győr plant run off and will cost 49 900 € in Germany. The BMW 1 Series M Coupe will most likely be placed in the same pricing range.

Spring 2011 comes, we should be seeing plenty of reviews of the two super sporty compact cars.

38 responses to “Audi RS3 Sportback – The toughest opponent for BMW 1 Series M Coupe”

  1. n8n says:

    It’s all about FUN, so RWD > 4×4

  2. Steve says:

    I know I’ll get a few dislikes for this but I really do mean this from the bottom of my heart.
    The RS3 hasn’t got s**t on the 1M Coupe, and it only comes in a 5 door estate version… how sporty!

  3. Stevie says:

    This is going to end up with similar result as bmw m3 vs audi rs5. M3 will take the win as usual.

    • FreudeKing says:

      Of course! It is like comparing an M3 to a Audi A3 1.4. Just the shape of the car alone will convince rational people to ditch the penguine looking A3. Not to mention the use of decades old technology that has not been updated significantly – Quattro as well as the inferior VW engine. WTF 2.5l. lol go sleep

  4. L. Hamilton says:

    The interior looks awesome… It looks kinda outdated, but it will take some sales from the 1M

    • FreudeKing says:

      Probably those girls who want to drive an Audi, don’t know much about cars and think this is so sporty – only to realise after they purchase the car that it is actually a VW Golf with 4 rings. Sorry girls

  5. Snowfro says:

    I like them both with a BMW enthusiast preference towards the 1m, but if things didn’t work out on the 1m the Audi would be the next in line without a question, except like in the past they probably won’t offer it stateside.

  6. bob says:

    Wait a minute! Forget Audi! Shouldn’t a ’71 Pantera be classified as “toughest opponent”?

  7. Heddlu_Cymru M5 says:

    I don’t know.. The RS3 just looks boring to me.

  8. arthuro says:

    even though i’m fan of beemers, i do like the rs3, especially that engine, sounds like a gallardo, fabulous!

    • FreudeKing says:

      It sounds almost the same as the GTI. Judging from the S3, the handling feel and steering feel is probably going ot be the same (as we all know that VW likes to put make up on cars with minimal changes and sell them at a huge profit) By the way, you can turn the steering wheel of the S3 with 1 finger. I am not aged yet, don’t need that type of assistance!

  9. ToddJames says:

    I still havent been able to get myself to like the VW/Audi brand and i’ve owned VWs in the past. Even test drove an S5 nothing.
    Nothing against the brands

  10. Steve says:

    look at it this way, all audi have done is borrowed the EXACT same engine from the tt, fitted the same wheels from the rs5 and fitted some big bumpers. Even the track is the same judging by how shallow the wheel arches are.
    BMW have tested and tested the 1M, and given true genuine driving fans the chance to drive it to get some honest feedback.
    Technically, the 1M is already ahead

    • XC says:

      I totally agree. Is a different kind of animal.

      • FreudeKing says:

        Why else do you think they could have achived the highest average profit per car They cheat and lie to customers, give them inferior products marketed as premium products. Dig deeper, you will see that this car has almost 70% of VW Golf in it. At least I know that the 1 Series M Coupe is based on the 3 Series and M3, not a sub-premium hatch from VW.

  11. Brad says:

    The Audi has an automatic gearbox, is not coming to the US, and is priced at $70,000. Not even close, Audi. Try again.

    • Otto says:

      Indeed, we tend to keep the good stuff for us in Europe, not for US.
      btw, it hasn’t an automatic gear box, but a DCT, way better that a manual one.

  12. paul says:

    the bimmer will ltrash this VW bastard child!!!

  13. bmwsrbija says:

    you can not poredti audi rs3 with bmw 1m because they are not the same class. rs3 is in the class with the bmw m3

  14. bmwsrbija says:

    you can not comparei audi rs3 with bmw 1m because they are not the same class. rs3 is in the class with the bmw m3

  15. Wooo hoo. says:

    The front end looks Better on the Audi…the 1er is just plain ugly.

  16. Lmtd 4 says:

    As they say! 4 is better than 2. Audi’s are by far better looking cars, as proven by the RS5
    When compared to the M3. On a track, the RS5 is quicker than the M3, and the RS3 will inevitably be quicker than
    The squashed 3 series. The Audi is down by 1 cylinder, but is still going to thrash the ugly beemer
    I can carry on whole day about Audi being better than BMW. S4 also better and faster than 335i
    . So there u have it.

    • JP says:

      Shame, it sounds like you are an insecure little fan as you know you are supporting a loser product… Who said that the brand new RS5 is quicker than the outgoing M3??? Not the last time I checked. Furthermore, who wants a car with a big engine that handles like a truck compared to an M3???

      speakling about the ugly ducking RS3 that should be compared to a Golf GTI: not only is it as ugly as the A1 badged VW Polo, the RS3 is basically a parts dump (with 4 rings) onto a VW Golf. So Audi should take note of their place and not try and think their sub-premium products are comparisble to premium products from BMW and Merc. As you so gracefully noted, the 1 Series is based on the BMW 3 Series and M3 while the RS3 is based on the VW Golf 1.4. So suck that, loser! I know where I am putting my money.

      • JP says:

        Also, why would I buy a stupid little Golf hatch with 4 rings, trying to make me look like a fool when I can buy the super sporty coupe from the No.1 premium car comapny in the world? Do I look stupid to you?

  17. Woo Hoo says:

    Why soul anyone buy a hatch of any brand? ‘Premium’ hatchback….oxymoron.

  18. Woo Hoo says:

    * would (damn autocorrect!)

  19. Heno says:

    I work for Audi,bought a 120d M Sport Coupe, says it all dosent it.puts a smile on my face every time I drive it unlike the frown from the Audi!!

  20. RealityCheck says:

    In reality, the Audi RS3 is a family hatchback, derived from front wheel drive VW while the 1M is a purpose built coupe. Brand loyalty aside, they are actually different animals:

    It’s not a matter of better / worse, but more about the difference in driving pleasure. 4WD system on tarmac is energy sapping, clinical and in my opinion – muted.Yes it does the job well but leaves you feeling like you lost out on the fun. RWD on the other hand, especially in an M version of BMW feels magical, full of character and gives the kind of acurate razor sharp feedback that makes driving a real pleasure.

    The very BEST performance cars, rated by the experts for their PURE driving pleasure, precision and pedigree, like the Porche RS 2, Ferrari 458 Italia are all….RWD.

    Work it out for yourself.

    • Lame says:

      And let us not forget the roots of these cars:

      Audi RS3 – from a cheap non-premium VW Golf
      BMW 1M – BMW 3 Series and BMW M3.

      How can you compare the two???

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