Can the Audi RS5 Sportback Take Down the BMW M440i Gran Coupe?

Audi isn’t the only game in town, if you want a four-door, coupe-like sedan with a hatchback trunk. While the A5 Sportback family is probably the best looking option for such cars, it’s not the only one. BMW’s 4 Series Gran Coupe family of cars is another one and both have performance versions. In this new video from Carwow, Mat Watson drag races a performance version of each — the Audi RS5 Sportback and the BMW M440i Gran Coupe — even though it isn’t an apples-to-apples comparison.


The Audi RS5 Sportback is the highest-performance version of the A5 Sportback, being a true Audi Sport product. However, the BMW M440i Gran Coupe isn’t a full-on M car but, instead, an M Performance car. To be honest, the M440i Gran Coupe is actually an Audi S5 Sportback competitor, not the full-blown RS5. However, when comparing cars, you sort of have to take what you can get, as not all cars are available at all times, so scheduling issues sometimes mean slightly odd comparisons. That doesn’t mean they can’t be useful, though.

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In this video, we get to see Carwow’s typical series of tests; a standing drag race, a rolling drag race, and a brake test between the Audi RS5 Sportback and BMW M440i Gran Coupe. Before we check that out, let’s check the specs.


Powering the Audi RS5 Sportback is a 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 444 horsepower (450 PS) and 442 lb-ft of torque (600 Nm). That engine mates to an eight-speed ZF automatic and sends power to all four wheels. The BMW M440i Gran Coupe uses a 3.0 liter single-turbo inline-six to makes 374 horsepower (382 horsepower in the US) and 369 lb-ft of torque (500 Nm). It also gets a ZF eight-speed auto and all-wheel drive.

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So the BMW is underpowered versus the RS5 Sportback, making the test a bit lopsided. Adding insult to injury, though, is the fact that the RS5 is also around 200 kilos (440 lbs) lighter. In terms of performance, the BMW doesn’t stand much of a chance on paper. However, if it’s close, and the RS5 doesn’t absolutely dominate the M440i, it could be a moral win for the BMW, as it’s about $20,000 cheaper in the US.


The standing quarter-mile drag race was actually closer than I thought it would be. The Audi RS5 Sportback won but not by as much as expected, doing the quarter-mile in 12.1 seconds, versus the Bimmer’s 12.6. How do the two cars fare in the rest of the tests? Check it out below.

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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.