Dutch magazine Autoweek gives us a new comparison test drive between the recently launched Audi RS5 and the BMW M3 Coupe. One of the most popular comparisons in the past few weeks, the RS5 vs. M3 consumes another episode and again, the M3 sets the standard: “…this Audi is amazing, but the spirit of the M3 is unbeatable”.
Before we jump into the video review with English subtitles, let’s recap some technical details around the two premium sport 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, which represents a power increase of 22% over the previous generation E46 M3.
RS5 is out the change the game, and the the wide-bodied two door made its debut at this year’s Geneva auto show. 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. Zero to 62 mph is accomplished in a claimed 4.6 seconds.