Video Fifth Gear – Audi RS3 vs BMW 1 Series M Coupe

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Fifth Gear UK and its famous host Tiff Needell compares the Audi RS3 versus the all-new BMW 1 Series M Coupe. The BMW 1M Coupe …

Fifth Gear UK and its famous host Tiff Needell compares the Audi RS3 versus the all-new BMW 1 Series M Coupe. The BMW 1M Coupe and Audi RS3 have two things in common… Power. Each offers an identical 335bhp and 450Nm of torque.

However, they are two very different beasts. The Audi’s 2.5-litre five cylinder turbo drives all four wheels via a seven speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. The BMW on the other hand has a 3.0-litre straight six twin-turbo. And it sends all its power to the rear wheels via a good ol’ fashioned six-speed manual.

While the 1M is rumored to redline at around 7,000 rpm, the RS3 is able to rev up to 6,800 rpm.

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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 4.7 seconds and weigh in at 1611 kg (3,552 pounds).

So who takes the win home? This time around, Fifth Gear says….the 1M is 2.9 seconds faster around the same race track.

29 responses to “Video Fifth Gear – Audi RS3 vs BMW 1 Series M Coupe”

  1. amucd says:

    BMW all the way. You cannot compare the 1M coupe with the RS3. BMW M-Power is just crazy. BMW <3

  2. wazon says:

    I didn’t expect the difference to be so huge!

  3. Tommysm3 says:

    eat your hearts out, audi fans!!

  4. fruneed says:

    the 1m won because one simple thing… BMW! simple….maybe in other live audi..

    • Arwar says:

      don’t be stupid. BMW won because of 50-50 perfect weight ditribution and ofcourse RWD. Audi makes great awd cars with very sofisticated traction control but this is just the testament of RWD superiority on the track. I mean look at the stats: they are the SAME!

    • Fredyschiftan says:

      Yep just another VW !!!!

  5. La Ma says:

    so much Bull for the AWD being more stable and better power delivery.  AWD is a winter tool and nothing else.
    But for that I’d buy an old subaru beatbox and keep the 1M in a garage :-)

    not bad for a black sheep which is on a 8 year old chassis design and a TV commentator against a rally driver !!! I think the rally driver was very surprised at the Audi’s under-steer and many times was slower then a proper driver would have been.
    However the Audi has been always building cars with horrible understeer. Not good, until they get it right, they can only claim the winter trophy !

    • Arwar says:

      don’t forget: tiff needell used to be a touring car driver also! He is a great driver. So i would say that odds were equal in terms of drivers

  6. BMW The Best says:

    The way it should be. There’s no point in comparing the VW owned inferior brand to the almighty king BMW!

  7. Mateo says:

    5 door hatchback with big wheels, big engine
    coupe made for handling

    why people compare them?

  8. says:

    There is no need for 4WD in a small car like that, its not like it has so much power and torque it needs it, Audi really need to think again with putting 4WD in their small cars, RWD would be much better!

  9. Giom says:

    I almost feel sorry for Audi… NOT!

  10. Manchester Man says:

    I cant watch this video because it says it is blocked in my country (UK) on copyright ground. Do you have another link for this video Horatiu?

  11. MisterRyan says:

    I love Audi, but “The Ultimate Driving Machine” isn’t left empty. BMW all the way!

  12. Manny Antunes says:

    SO. MUCH. WIN!

  13. Jaoo says:

    it’s the BeeMdoubleUUU

  14. Tiagosanttos says:

    BMW 1M the RS3 eater …hehehehe BMW as its best!!!

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