The BMW M2 and Audi RS3 are, along with the Mercedes-AMG A45, the kings of the compact luxury segment. While the cars compete against one another, both automakers have taken completely different angles to making a high-performance vehicle. So which one’s better? That’s what Carfection looks to answer.
The RS3 enters into the ring with a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder. The engine is good for 400 horsepower and helps the RS3 get to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.1 seconds. As usual with the majority of RS-badged models, the Audi comes with an all-wheel-drive system, while a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is the only transmission that’s offered.
The M2, on the other hand, is a completely different animal. It’s not as powerful, but it’s almost as quick. Power for the M2 comes from a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six that generates 365 hp. The coupe sends power to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, and getting to 62 mph (100 km/h) takes 4.3 seconds.
It’s a pretty even match. Both vehicles have similar power figures, performance specs, and price tags – both machines cost roughly $54,000. On paper, this really is a close race.
Carfection took both cars to Wales to pit them against one another. On the damp roads, the RS3’s incredible amount of grip made it stand out. The M2, though, had a sense of engagement that was missing from the Audi.
It’s a difficult choice to make, but there is one clear winner that emerges from the head-to-head competition. To see which one came out on top, check out the video below.