Audi RS3 vs. BMW 1-Series M Coupe by Fifth Gear [video]

Hot-hatches, both with 250 kW (340 PS / 335 hp), battle it out for the best lap time around a track

British motoring program Fifth Gear decided to hold a battle of the priemium hot-hatches between the Audi RS3 and the BMW 1-Series M Coupe. For the challenge, show host Tiff Needell enlisted the help of British Rally Champion Mark Higgins.

Both hatches feature the exact same horsepower rating of 340 PS (250 kW / 335 hp). The RS3 registers a lap time of 1 minute 44.8 seconds with Higgins at the wheel. Listen to Higgins twice allude to the understeer of the Audi. Tiff has a go with the 1-Series M Coupe and clocks in a lap time of 1 minute 41.9 seconds.

Watching these two German hot-hatches battle it out on the track is fun aplenty but seeing consumate pros Needell and Higgins amateurishly recording the lap times on Needell's iphone is amusing enough in its own right.

Source: YouTube via BWM Blog

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fusion01 fusion01
Gotta love that 1M... a truly stunning car!
Oct 25th, 2011 8:45pm
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4everRS 4everRS
I wonder what the result would be if it was snowing?
Oct 25th, 2011 6:40am
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BeEmWe BeEmWe
Have you seen Top Gear's wet track comparison of M3 and RS5?
Oct 25th, 2011 7:40am
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4everRS 4everRS
Yes I saw it, and it wasn't snowing.
Oct 27th, 2011 6:08am
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Microice Microice
Are we seriously going to compare a 2 door coupe against a 5 door hatch over and over and expect a different result? How do we define stupidity by the way?
Oct 25th, 2011 2:03am
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fusion01 fusion01
The comparison is based on similar power, similar cost and also the fact that both are fairly new releases to the market. Enough for me.
Oct 25th, 2011 8:41pm
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Ratt Ratt
The 1M is just masterpiece, like all other M cars, but this is true hardcore, real devil, call me whatever you want, but Audi RS3 is just (and looks like a joke to me) a joke against 1M, bring the Porsche to the game!
Oct 24th, 2011 11:38pm
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"Watching these two German hot-hatches battle it out on the track is fun aplenty" Hot-hatches? The 1-series M Coupe is...well a coupe, not a hatch. Only the RS3 is a hatch.
Oct 24th, 2011 10:04pm
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Davidkhund Davidkhund
it is 1-series, which is hatch, and coupe is only modification of hatch with two doors and 'butt'. so rs3 and 1m are in the same class.
Oct 25th, 2011 1:31am
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Faithback Faithback
I did not see so the hand brake turns on the BMW as on the RS3...not only that, but the very wide oversteer make me wonder... champ yes, but every car needs to be driven for what it is.
Oct 24th, 2011 9:51pm
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3Iceman 3Iceman
Nothing new. I'm so fed up with these car reviews on the track. They would have to ascertain how much time buyers of such cars spend on racetracks. Fair test would probably be to test them in rush hour in center of London with no speeding. I'm confident Audi would have won that test, since it's more practical, more comfortable and safer.
Oct 24th, 2011 9:34pm
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schpeltor schpeltor
It's all the same story. When you lose on track, you'll say that's not daily life, we'll win on the road. When you lose on the road, you'll say road isn't for racing, let's see the truth on the tract ! Come on~ track test just a relative fair way to see which car works better by its nature. Could general drivers push to the limit is another story and is not easy to prove it.
Oct 24th, 2011 11:30pm
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nahidrahman nahidrahman
old man
Oct 25th, 2011 3:11pm
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fusion01 fusion01
You obviously don't own a performance car.
Oct 25th, 2011 8:42pm
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Georgios Georgios
Dont forget that the test takes place on a track.. On normal roads its a different story you cant push the bm to the limit because then you will cry for the car you have damaged or the arm you have broken.. Anw it takes loots of courage to drive the bm to the limit. Its easyer to push the audi because the 4wd gives you confidence. Both of them are fast cars but for different use the bm for the track the audi for the road.
Oct 24th, 2011 9:07pm
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fusion01 fusion01
Many take their cars to track days, available in many cities around the world, I'd think. I have them every few weeks only 30km's away, anyone can partake. As to roads, I have spirited jaunts every few weekends on open roads and make no apologies. Depends where you reside however, obviously some countries are more conducive than others.
Oct 25th, 2011 8:44pm
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progressive progressive
Well, BMW did it again. Rear wheel drive better than quattro. That's art of engeering. But, we have to be honest, and admit, that this are two different drivers, and in the way it was not a fair test.
Oct 24th, 2011 8:26pm
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NeunElf NeunElf
Not a fair test? Audi gets a reigning rally champ and BMW gets Grandpa Needell. Stick that up your quattro!
Oct 24th, 2011 8:52pm
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progressive progressive
I always like BMW more, but this is not a fair test in anyway.
Oct 24th, 2011 11:59pm
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These two are both great driving machines but they both need a makeover. Lookwise they are dull.
Oct 25th, 2011 7:21am
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fusion01 fusion01
Seen a 1M in the flesh? it's one hell of a good looking car (but opinions will be divided of course). The Audi is of course terribly dated by now, and little can save it, bigger spoilers etc.
Oct 25th, 2011 8:40pm
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