Video: BMW M2 Takes on Audi RS3 on Drag Strip, Doesn’t Seem Fair

BMW M2, Videos | May 24th, 2017 by 24
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Over the past few weeks we’ve seen all sorts of comparisons between the BMW M2 and its rival from Audi, the RS3. We’ve seen the …

Over the past few weeks we’ve seen all sorts of comparisons between the BMW M2 and its rival from Audi, the RS3. We’ve seen the two go up against a more focused rival as well, in the shape of the Porsche Cayman, but we all know that’s not exactly a fair fight. So, what would happen if the M2 and the RS3 took to the drag strip to sort things out the old-fashion way?

The video below seems to provide an answer but, in all honesty, the result of this particular drag race left us wondering if this was even a fair fight at all. If you look at the spec sheet, the two sporty cars should be a lot closer than they appear to be in the footage posted here, especially since the M2 is apparently a manual instead of the ultra-fast 7-speed DCT gearbox.The Audi RS3 comes with a 2.5-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder engine making 367 PS and 465 Nm (343 lb-ft) of torque. It delivers the power to all four corners of the car using a 7-speed automatic gearbox which is also the only choice you can get. 0-62 mph happens in 4.3 seconds.

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On the other hand, the BMW M2 uses a 3-liter straight six turbocharged engine making 370 PS and up to 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque with overboost. Normally, the engine develops 465 Nm (343 lb-ft) of torque. All that grunt is delivered to the rear axle using either a manual gearbox or a 7-speed DCT unit. The former allows the M2 to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) from standstill in 4.5 seconds while the automatic cuts 0.2 seconds off that time.

Of course, that’s all on paper, but in real life, the results vary wildly when using a manual gearbox, depending on the driver’s skill. And yet, that didn’t prove to be a problem, at least in the race we’re looking at here. One does have to wonder how things would’ve fared if we dealt with a standing start, where Audi’s all-wheel drive system would’ve made a big difference.

24 responses to “Video: BMW M2 Takes on Audi RS3 on Drag Strip, Doesn’t Seem Fair”

  1. A.F.S. says:

    Ahhh,,,but a TT RS would have destroyed the Bimmer!

    • jason bourne says:

      And an M4 GTS would’ve destroyed the TT RS, so what’s your point?

      • Ikiat says:

        Isn’t the GTS twice the price of the TTRS? Even then, I’m not completely sold it’d be faster in the 1/4 mile.

        What makes this race completely worthless is that it bent all the rules in favor of the M2. They effectively eliminated the strength of the RS3 (i.e., launch) with a cruising start, and added extra weight (i.e., camera person) to it. Not to mention, we don’t know if that even was an RS3.

    • Masimba Marangwanda says:

      Lol no way you just said that

      • A.F.S. says:

        They are racing it against a family sedan! Are you kidding! Put it against a 718 Cayman or the new TT.

        • Thaal Rasha says:

          A Tesla p100 would have destroyed either and it’s a familly sedan, what’s your point ?

          • A.F.S. says:

            Ok,,,I see where this is going….. Cars come in categories Rasha,,,neither a P100 or an Audi S3 fall in to the same category as the M2….which means,,,people aren’t cross shopping an M2 with a Tesla or an Audi S3…..should not really have to explain that?????. I own a 2013 BMW 650i,,,,I get it. But I also get that it is totally different experience than driving my ’14 Cayman S….An M2 just was tested against it’s REAL competitors in one of the mags,,,,and it did not win,,,and in fact I think it was the slowest. Making a video of an M2 whipping on an S3 is like watching Mike Tyson beating up you! No point….

          • Gabriel Nica says:

            I get what you’re saying but these two are actually rivals. Audi offers the RS3 in two bodies, as a hatch and as a sedan. BMW offers only one body type for the prospective M car that would rival the likes of an RS3, which is the Coupe M2. Yes, the M2 is a coupe and the Audis are either a Hatch or a Sedan but in every other aspect they are rivals. The power output is basically the same, the sizes are the same and the acceleration times are virtually identical on paper. Sure, it would’ve been nice if BMW also offered an M car in hatch guise within the 1 Series range but since we only have the M140i on offer which rivals the S3, the RS3 will have to go up against the M2. The two are rivals, whether you like it or not.

          • guest says:

            Since I want an inline 6, manual, rwd., they are not even comparable.

          • A.F.S. says:

            Ok,,,your points are good. Listen,,,I like the M2…I like all performance cars. I own a BMW and a Porsche…and had several Corvettes. I have been drag racing since I was 16,,,,30 years! I raced Grand Nationals, Turbo Trans Ams, C4-C7 Corvettes,,,and just about every factory performance car since the mid 80’s…..street races, drag races, money races,,,heck even some “fixed” races….the point is that race was off a roll….which to me is really not a race. M2 is a nice little car,,,but I would not brag about blowing off a 4 door sub compact sedan. How will it do against other direct, cross shopped, competitors? The Cayman? The Audi TT? CamaroSS?….the cream of the segment.

          • Thaal Rasha says:

            There is no point saying one is a sedan / hatch / “familly” car the other is a coupe, they are in the same segment size cars. BTW It’s not an S3, it’s an RS3 which is quite not the same. However an A3 is a segment size same as 1 / 2 series so i’m not so sure why you wouldn’t look at them in similar catagories.

          • j boy says:

            a Honda accord can out pace an A3 lol

          • guest says:

            How long till the Tesla stops dead like a brick on track?

          • Scott Farley says:

            i ordered an rs3 to be daily driver in snowy Ohio. Have m3’s for the summer and an SUV for my family. Heck my 16 yr old sons car has a purpose. An electric car shouldn’t even be in this conversation (its not raw and its not a drivers car). both are great cars. There is something for everyone, even tree hugging rich hippies, who can’t drive, like the Tesla.

        • guest says:

          TT is MQB, it IS a family sedan, cut (coupe).

          • Thaal Rasha says:

            This “famillily” sedan categories made up by some people makes no sense, it’s not relevant to anything as the concept is so vague ranging from coupes to vans that means absolutely nothing.

          • guest says:

            The TT, a coupe, was under discussion. The RS3 is a small sedan based on VW’s volume platform. If it’s not allowed to carry people, what are those doors for?

  2. John D says:

    Not fair ?! Because when you drive your car and want to accelerate, you stop your car first to use the traction provided by your 4wd ?
    Or just hit the gaz harder and go ?
    Can’t wait to see the race between the 2wd F10 M5 and the “faster than F10 M5” ,4wd power sucker M550i ^^^

  3. Hayden8 says:

    No, no guys, the M2 develop 343 lb-ft (465 Nm) of torque and with overboost 26 lb-ft (35 Nm).

  4. guest says:

    Why would I compare a rwd.turbo I6 stick to a VW parts bin special? For anyone who is, why not just buy a VW?

  5. Marcus Canada says:

    This was not a sanctioned race, it’s just for fun. The M2 won fair and square. It is what it is. On another day, the Audi might win. Audi-VWCRAP fan boys are always crying over spilled milk. Grow up!

  6. Quattro says:

    I would take my rs3 back and get a refund based on that performance!

  7. Ikiat says:

    So, how many people were in the M2? I counted a minimum of two in the RS3.

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