How Does the New BMW M4 Compare to the Audi RS5 Coupe?

BMW recently just released some photos of pre-production prototype versions of the upcoming BMW M4. More than that, it also recently release specs for the new M4. So we now have the chance to see how it compares to its rival from Ingolstadt.


First up, let’s take a look at its design. Overall, it seems to be a good looking, albeit typical looking, BMW M Coupe. It’s sporty, sleek and has classic sports car proportions. In fact, it’s actually a very good looking car from almost every angle. Almost.


Up front, the new BMW M4 has a grille that makes even Audis’ look tame. The new BMW kidney grille design is absolutely enormous and looks extremely odd when you compare it to the rest of the car. It’s as if the grille and the car were designed by two different teams of people, without ever meeting or discussing either team’s work. Audi has some big, sometimes obnoxious grilles but this new M4 grille takes it to an entirely new level.


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Under the skin, though, the new BMW M4 should be a very exciting car. It’s powered by a twin-turbocharged inline-six with 480 horsepower in base-spec and 503 horsepower in Competition-spec. Both will be rear-wheel drive as-standard, though the Competition car will be getting all-wheel drive as an option down the line. The base car will also be available with a six-speed manual transmission, while Comp cars only get eight-speed autos.


No word on performance figures as of yet but expect the M4 to be a little bit quicker than the Audi RS5. The RS5 is heavier and less powerful, so it should be slower. It does beg the question of why Audi never made a higher performance RS5. Something like BMW’s Competition models, with a big of extra power and slightly sharper dynamics, would have been welcome over the years.


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The final production BMW M4 hasn’t been released just yet but we’ll see it soon in the coming weeks. Once that happens, we’ll be able to compare it with the Audi RS5 a bit better.

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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.