The 2015 Audi S3 Sedan has been pitted against the 2015 BMW 228i in a rather unequal drag race as part of episode six of The Fast Lane Car. IndyCar race driver Justin Wilson organized the duel between the two German compact cars which both have a four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine. This is where the similarities end as the engine inside the Audi pumps out 292 bhp and 280 lb-ft whereas the one in the BMW delivers 240 bhp and 255 lb-ft.
The S3 Sedan sends the engine’s power to both axles thanks to a quattro all-wheel drive system while the 228i Coupe adopts a rear-wheel drive layout. On paper, the Audi needs 4.7 seconds to get from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) before topping out at a limited 155 mph (250 km/h) so theoretically it should be a lot quicker than the 228i Coupe which runs the sprint in 5.4 seconds prior to reaching an electronically-restricted 130 mph (209 km/h).
Judging solely by the performance numbers, the 2015 Audi S3 Sedan should be a lot faster but the drag race has shown the 2015 BMW 228i Coupe was actually the first to cross the finish line. The Fast Lane Car says they repeated the duel several times and obtained the same result. Their explanation about why the S3 lost is due to its higher turbo lag, especially when launch control is no activated.
As a final note, we should also mention the prices of these two, with the 2015 Audi S3 Sedan (US-spec) kicking off at $41,400 which makes it a lot more expensive than the 2015 BMW 228i Coupe (US-spec) priced from $32,100.