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      12-10-2010, 10:06 AM   #1
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Post 1 Series M Coupe vs RS3 - Specs and Styling Compared

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1 Series M Coupe vs RS3 - Specs and Styling Compared
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While we're all still drooling over the unveiling of the 1-Series M Coupe, some might wonder how it will fare against what will possibly be its biggest rival - the Audi RS3. We can already hear some moaning 'coupe vs hatchback, RWD vs AWD and manual vs double clutch' to stress both cars aren't even rivals, but look at the specs to see that both are pretty close in power, size and price. Enough said, here it is, all pictures and information you need to make up your mind about this 'fight':


Specifications BMW 1 Series M CoupeAudi RS3
Performance
0 - 100 kph4.9 s 4.6 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
Engine
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
Body
doors / seats 2 / 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 l 302 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 Front 245/35 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
Price
GermanyEUR 50,500EUR 49,900




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      12-17-2010, 08:57 AM   #2
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Thanks South.
How great is it that we will soon see both the 1M Coupe and the RS3 running around?!
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      12-17-2010, 08:58 AM   #3
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IMO the Audi looks older (I had a A3 3.2 DSG Sportsback myself 4 years ago. Somehow the design is getting old... the same with the Alu mirrors. The chairs however look good! The pedals are a nice touch as well, the one from BMW look really crap compared to that.
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      12-17-2010, 08:59 AM   #4
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The target market for the RS3 completely evades me but hey maybe in Europe this kind of stuff is big!
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      12-17-2010, 09:00 AM   #5
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Personally I think they both look ugly, so I would save 15K USD and buy an STI or EVO if I wanted killer performance in a goofy looking body. TT-RS on the other hand is win.

Yes I know it's subjective, I just think both companies could have done a better job refining for the release.
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      12-17-2010, 09:04 AM   #6
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Man I wish this duel will be on top gear!
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      12-17-2010, 09:22 AM   #7
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RS3's front looks much better, but its rear is so bland! Definitely needs a magazine or TV comparison.
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should be fun to see how the cars perform in comparison with each other. IMO the 1M will always be more fun. the e30 m3 was never about the numbers, and the 1M is a great modern interpretation of that.
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      12-17-2010, 09:28 AM   #9
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I like Audi front, BMW back, and Audi interior.
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      12-17-2010, 09:39 AM   #10
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I like the BMW RWD and 6MT.
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man, talking about two awesome cars.
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I like the BMW exterior better than the Audi. I prefer the Audi interior (especially those sport seats). Too bad BMW didn't put the M3 seats in the 1M. However, if BMW didn't include the M3 seats for cost reasons, then I'm all for that decision.

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The front of the Audi looks like it was covered in chicken wire.
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I'd say the RS4 is a few sec slower on the track, taking the driver out of the equation.

Heavier, smaller wheels, front heavy & smaller brakes says it all.

AWD doesn't give THAT much an advantage.

On the street, I'd say the RS4 wins in the first few seconds, then 1M takes over.
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The front of the Audi looks like it was covered in chicken wire.
Looked again, and indeed.
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I'd say the RS4 is a few sec slower on the track, taking the driver out of the equation.

Heavier, smaller wheels, front heavy & smaller brakes says it all.

AWD doesn't give THAT much an advantage.

On the street, I'd say the RS4 wins in the first few seconds, then 1M takes over.
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The front of the Audi looks like it was covered in chicken wire.
lol hilarious! that's all i see when i look at the front end now!

both these cars are "okay" .. nothing spectacular but they could have been.
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Why are we looking at a FWD based station wagon. This is an insult to the greatness of the 1er.
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are they really going to be that close in price?

One thing audi is really good at, is charging more $ for similar performance. Meaning BMW = better performace value.

I would expect the Audi to be $5-10K more (US).

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1) dont like the Audi 5 doors. Sort of perplexing to me.
2) DCT only in the Audi? Im all for rowing my own
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The lack of a manual transmission kills the RS3 for me. Love the engine though!!
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Tires Front 245/35 R19 93Y XL 235/35 R19
Tires Rear 265/35 R19 98Y XL 225/35 R19


Am I reading this correctly? Does Audi know something that other manufacturer's of AWD platforms don't? Wider wheels up front? I know its not uncommon to have a wider track up front, but wider tires? Never came across anyone that tried that in my EVO / STi days. Interesting concept. Or typo. Either way, the 1M is the better of the two IMHO. But I am a BMW homer.
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It's no typo.


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