The excitement about the new BMW 1M hasn’t ebbed at all, but Audi isn’t waiting around to see how the world will react.  They’ve come up with their own version of the compact super salon, based on the current Audi A3…..and just like the 1M is to the BMW marque, Audi has identified this new model as an RS3.  The cars are very different in the implementation, but the statistics come out very close on paper.

RS3 fr angle close

RS3 rear angle

RS3 front

RS3 rear

So, how do they really stack up?

They come very close in terms of specs….other than each trying to stay true to their lineage and brand identity….the Audi coming with 4 wheel drive, versus the rear wheel drive of the BMW, the BMW 1M having a manual and the Audi having a 7 speed DCT setup.  The only odd spec is the size of the tires on the Audi, which one would guess is due to the nose heavy Audi design, with the front tires being larger than the rear.

SpecificationsBMW 1 Series M CoupeAudi RS3
0 – 100 kph4.9 s4.6 s
0 – 200 kph17.3 s
Top Speed250 kph250 kph
Power/Weight Ratio (DIN)4.4 kg/hp4.6 kg/hp
Power/Displacement Ratio114.1 hp/l137.1 hp/l
Type/valvesin-line 6 / 4in-line 5 / 4
Engine TechnologyM Twin Power TurboTFSI
Capacity (cc)29792480
Stroke / Bore89.6 / 84.082.5 / 92.8
Compression Ratio10.210.0
Output (kw/PS/bhp)250 / 340 / 335250 / 340 / tba
@ (rpm)59005400 – 6500
Torque (Nm / lb-ft)450 (+50 overboost) / 332 (+37 overboost)450 / 332
@ (rpm)1500 – 45001600 – 5300
Transmission / Gearbox
DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Transmission Type6-speed manual7-speed double clutch
doors / seats2 / 45 / 5
Length (mm)43804302
Width (mm)18031794
Height (mm)14201402
Wheelbase (mm)26602578
Track Width front (mm)15411564
Track Width rear (mm)15411528
Fuel Tank Capacity53 l60 l (S3)
Unladen Weight DIN / EU1495 kg / 1570 kg1575 kg / 1650 kg
Trunk Capacity370 l302 l (S3)
Driving Dynamics / Safety
Brake, FrontSingle piston floating caliper compound disc brakesFour-piston fixed calipers
Diameter (mm)360 x 30, vented and perforated370, vented and perforated
Brake, RearSingle piston floating caliper compound disc brakes
Diameter (mm)350 x 24, vented and perforated310, vented
SteeringRack-and-pinion with hydraulic support and Servotronic functionRack-and-pinion, electromechanical drive
Steering Transmission12.5 : 116.2 : 1
Tires Front245/35 R19 93Y XL235/35 R19
Tires Rear265/35 R19 98Y XL225/35 R19
Wheels Front9J x 19 EH2 IS 31 cast aluminium8J x 19
Wheels Rear10J x 19 EH2 IS 25 cast aluminium8J x 19
Fuel Consumption EU
Total (l/100km)9.69.1
CO2 (g/km)224212
Emission RatingEU 5EU 5
GermanyEUR 50,500EUR 49,900

The initial reaction is that even though both models have been around for a couple of years, the BMW looks a little more aggressive, and a little more current –

BMW 1M vs RS3 fr angle

BMW 1M vs RS3 rear angle

BMW 1M vs RS3_front

BMW 1M vs RS3 rear

BMW 1M vs RS3 interior

What we don’t know is whether the RS3 will make its way to North America.  We know the RS3 is going on introduction in Europe in early 2011.

See all the pics in our gallery as well here on our website.

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