This is a comparison test we haven’t seen in awhile. Now that the Audi RS3 Sedan has been out for awhile, comparison tests between it and its rivals have somewhat died down. They’re still intriguing, though, as the RS3 Sedan poses one of the best performance/usability value propositions on the market. But can a jack-of-all-trades performance sedan like the Audi RS3 take on a purpose-built, though flawed, sports car like the BMW M2? EVO Mag finds out.
Before we get into what EVO found, let’s take a look at how each car stacks up. So the Audi RS3 is an all-wheel drive, four-door sedan with a 2.5 liter turbocharged inline five-cylinder engine. That punchy five-pot makes 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. It’s also mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic as its only option. 0-60 mph happens in an EVO-recorded 3.7 seconds, which is brutally quick for such a small car with such a small engine.
Other the other hand, the BMW M2 is a rear-wheel drive, two-door coupe with a 3.0 liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that’s also paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch ‘box (a six-speed manual is standard). That smooth straight-six makes 365 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque and can get the M2 from 0-60 mph in an EVO-recorded 4.9 seconds. Although, that’s much slower than the M2 can normally do, the conditions it was tested in were quite wet, same goes for the Audi. So it proves that the RS3’s Quattro all-wheel drive system does truly make it far more capable in the rain.
We won’t tell you which car won, so you can go read EVO’s review from them. However, I will say that the Audi RS3 is the more refined car, the faster car and the more usable car. While the BMW M2 is the more thrilling car, the purer sports car but the more flawed car of the two. So which car won? You’ll have to check out EVO to find out.