Top Gear: BMW M3 Competition Package vs. Audi RS5

BMW M3 | February 21st, 2011 by 45
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The famous car show Top Gear gives us the moment we have been waiting for quite some time now. A comparison between the 2011 BMW …

The famous car show Top Gear gives us the moment we have been waiting for quite some time now. A comparison between the 2011 BMW M3 Competition Package and the Audi RS5. This has been one of the most popular car comparisons in 2010 and several magazines took the time to review two of the fastest sporty premium cars out there.

The optional Competition Package for the E92 M3 Coupe was released in early 2010. The package lowers the M3 by about ten millimeters and offers a new set of 9 x 19“ alloy front wheels and 10 x 19“ Y spoke rear wheels. The upgraded M3 Coupe presents not only a leaner look, but chassis electronics modified specifically for even greater optimisation of dynamic response in both longitudinal and transverse directions. For a balanced whole, the EDC, including a specially developed sports mode, is tweaked precisely to these chassis modifications by both the grid controller and the DSC.

In the U.S., the ZCP Competition Package is available on the Coupe and Sedan models for $2,500.

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Before jumping into the entertaining video, let’s enumerate some of the technical specs of these two 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.

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.

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The result? The BMW M3 Coupe is still king and at about a second faster than the RS5, it remains the first choice among enthusiasts looking for the ultimate thrill which can still be found in the ….Ultimate Driving Machine.

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