BMW M2 Vs Audi RS3 Battle Has One Clear Winner

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.


  • AxlRock

    One of the very few desirable BMWs

    • javier

      new m5 is pretty cool

      • AxlRock

        Yes. But only if it is in frozen dark red

    • alexxx


    • R55

      You’re stretching it a bit there. Wouldn’t call this desirable at all.

  • An Existing Person

    Incoming comment about the “canted drivers seat.”

    • Six_Tymes

      lol. you posted it for me, thanks! if you take yours down I will. “drivers car” my ass. Even Chris Harris despises it.

      • xDRAN0x

        they havent fixed this yet?

        • Six_Tymes

          nope, and really they cant, not until they produce a new under body/chassis, and that’s years away.

          • xDRAN0x

            my 09 Legacy has the same issue and its annoying af on long drives. On short ones, its ok

  • R55

    I’ll load this video up one night when I am having trouble sleeping ?

  • Vassilis

    I must admit I’d get the RS3 despite being the worse car. Preferably the Sportback in Nardo Grey.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    The only BMW model i really like…the only one i’d spend money on. The Audi looks boring. They always do anyways.

  • KidRed

    I’m confused. They are very evenly matched. The RS3 has the better suspension, is faster, has a backseat, better and quicker through turns, better exhaust note and probably more comfortable on long commutes. The M2 has a stick and likes to be pushed to the limits more than the RS3 and that is what makes it the clear winner? “If there were ever any doubt”. Huh?

  • SteersUright

    Neither is a looker, both could not be more bland despite the M2’s flared fenders. Both have boring interiors and both are vastly overpriced. The M2’s engine sounds just ok, and the Audi’s only redeeming quality is its fantastic engine. Both are misses to me, sadly. I’d only consider them when they inevitably hit the $30k and below threshold as used cars.

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