They may be similar in size, but the two couldn’t be more different beneath the skin. The Bavarian coupe is rear-wheel drive, whereas the the RS3 is a saloon with Ingolstadt’s Quattro all-wheel drive system.
On paper, the latter should be faster from a standing start, but give it enough room, and the BMW M2 will likely catch it. Things could be quite the opposite from a rolling start, as the M2’s wheelspin, due to the lack of AWD, won’t have any effect on the outcome.
There’s also a big difference in the engine compartment between the two. The Audi RS3 has a 400hp 2.5-liter five-cylinder, while the BMW M2 uses a 365hp 3.0-liter inline-six, both of them turbocharged. On paper, the Audi takes as little as 4.1sec to reach 62mph (100km/h) from a standstill, and the Bimmer is 0.2sec slower, so this makes things even more interesting.
Thus, it appears that the Audi has a slight advantage, at least in theory. When lined up against the M2 in a couple of drag races? Autocar answered this question revealing the big winner, so let’s see who that is in the video that follows.