Photo Comparison: BMW 1 Series M Coupe, Audi RS3 & TT RS

1M, Featured Posts | December 12th, 2010 by 14
Bildvergleich Audi RS3 BMW 1er M Audi TT RS Front 750x500

With the launch of the new 1 Series M Coupe, BMW is looking to position itself as a leader in the compact segment for super …

With the launch of the new 1 Series M Coupe, BMW is looking to position itself as a leader in the compact segment for super sporty automobiles. The Munich-based company will be facing challengers like the Porsche Cayman S, Audi TT RS and possible, the upcoming Audi RS3 Sportback.

Since the 1M production vehicles have yet to be available for test driving, we decided to turn to the design angle and specs to compare some of the aforementioned vehicles. 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.

Audi responds with the turbocharged five-cylinder engines and the famous quattro system available on the new RS3. 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. The 1M is powered by the N4 twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 engine. For the 1M, the turbocharger, exhaust system, and ECU have been revised to produce 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, though up to 369 pound-feet are available temporarily in overboost mode. Redline is found at 7000 rpm.

Bildvergleich Audi RS3 BMW 1er M Audi TT RS Front 655x345

The TT RS features under the hood a 2.5 liter turbocharged direct-fuel-injected inline-5 engine coupled also to a 6-speed manual transmission. The engine produces 340 horsepower and 332lb-ft of torque at 1,600-5,300 rpm (250 kW/ 450 Nm).

Looking at the performance specs, all these models are showing similar power outputs, but with two different approaches. Both Audi models use the quattro drive traction to their advantage, while BMW relies on the now famous rear-wheel drive system. 0 to 100 km/h for the Audi models is said to be 4.6 seconds, while BMW claims 4.9 sec for its 1M.

Bildvergleich Audi RS3 BMW 1er M Audi TT RS Heck2 655x416

Design wise, the opinions are split and most likely based on personal preferences. The 1M sports the beautiful Coupe lines and slope, while the RS3 takes the Sportsback bodystyle through a new design. The TT RS remains closer in design to the Z4, but with elegant coupe design lines.

Inside, all three vehicles bring out a unique appearance. Audi with the usual sophisticated controls and accessories, and BMW with its simplicity and driver oriented approach.


Let’s have a look at some comparison photos and feel free to leave your comments below.

[Source: BimmerToday ]

14 responses to “Photo Comparison: BMW 1 Series M Coupe, Audi RS3 & TT RS”

  1. realdrivernoBS says:

    Here we can truly observe the true nature of the 1M, as a true driver’s car. It’s a no nonsense car.

  2. X5SoB says:

    Really trying to get all the Audi fanboys that lurk on this site all revved up, H? =}

    Honestly, they are all fine designs, coming from different design languages. They all state that they are performance versions of more bread and butter vehicles, although the BMW is perhaps a bit more subtle, particularly in black. I do like the idea of a wagon that can spank Porsches!

  3. Laszlo says:

    again comparing apples to oranges… but the Audi’s interior is much nicer then the BMW. Exterior is not comparable to the 2 audi’s as one is a hatchback (bmw 1 series exist in hatchback) and the other one is a coupe, a hatchback coupe.
    The 1 series is more of a 2 door sedan to me.

    I do not dislike the 1 series, it is one of the best bungle design, but its a far cry from being pretty.

    just because the //M (Marketing) boys slapped the big bumper and some fancy body kits, it is still not pretty. More wild looking yes, but not pretty.

  4. Daniel Hoang says:

    “…now famous rear-wheel drive system.” ???

  5. L. Hamilton says:

    I would pick the TT-RS anyday,,,

  6. E36 BMW M318ti owner from Tokyo says:

    Interior – Audi TTRS but take the orange stitching, and make the steering wheel thick like the 1M Coupe

    Exterior – hhhhmmmm, BMW wins the front and side, but Audi wins the back apart from that stupid spoiler

    Economy – Audi – 31mpg
    BMW – 29mpg

    Handling – definitely RWD BMW pwns 4WD audi

    Sound – VERY VERY VERY VERY difficult question. OK quick answer, if the BMW had a high revving engine like the E46 M3, it ‘could’ win but my dad owned a late 80s Audi Quattro Coupe with the awesome legendary 20V 5 cylinder engine and that sounded AMAZING!!!!!! so i think it goes to audi.

  7. sok says:

    I’m audi TT for sure

  8. viper says:

    why is the audi so much sportier inside?..because…
    thats how things should be done but bmw looks like a cheap chineese car inside….rubbish and non interesting….look at that steering wheel and speedos in audi….perfection… you suck…Id spend whole day in audi just looking at it…I dont wanna drive an ugly car inside outside bmw 1 , you are tasteless. Period

    • ARON says:

      Is this a Blog for Audi drivers who want to hate on BMW? No. Comments like, “BMW you suck” and “you are tasteless” don’t exactly prove a compelling argument. In fact, comments like that just make you seem ignorant.

      So, instead of saying “YOU suck,” I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. Do you actually have an articulate response as to why you prefer the Audi design language over BMW?

      For example, I prefer the interior of the BMW precisely because it’s clean, uncluttered and driver-focused. The quality of the materials on the 2011’s have been improved over previous models. While Audi always does a stand-up job with their interiors, I don’t care for the numerous “O” shaped air vents used throughout the cabin. The gauges are all very “high-tech” looking, but visually overstimulating.

      As for exteriors… it really is an unfair comparison. Coupe vs. Sportback vs. Hatchback is going to be polarizing right from the start. What’s interesting is that a compact sports car can be incarnated in so many different ways. I’d LOVE to see BMW come out with fastback design. Cudos to Audi for vastly improving the TT styling over the years.

      You’re turn, Viper…

  9. Ray says:

    I’ve always preferred the base Audi models to the S or RS versions, because somehow the supposed “high performance” elements disrupt the otherwise clean and elegant original design. For example, I really like the A5, and I think the TT looks nice, but the RS versions of either cars look almost aftermarket to me.

    However, I’ve always much preferred the look of M BMWs to their non-M counterpart. The M elements look functional and integrate well or even enhance the base design. BMW hands down for exteriors.

    As for interiors, too many round holes on the Audis, so BMW again here.

  10. Ray says:

    BTW, I guess I know why I don’t like S/RS Audis: the lower bumper/air dam elements feel like they’re too tall and skew the original proportions, making the front end appear too tall and too high off the ground. The flares around the air dams exacerbate this and lend to the feeling that the front is too heavy. Just my humble opinion.

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