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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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Comments (21)

 fusion01 fusion01
Gotta love that 1M... a truly stunning car!
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October 25, 2011 1:45 pm
 4everRS 4everRS
I wonder what the result would be if it was snowing?
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October 24, 2011 11:40 pm
 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?
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October 24, 2011 7:03 pm
 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!
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October 24, 2011 4:38 pm
 AG4 AG4
"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.
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October 24, 2011 3:04 pm
 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.
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October 24, 2011 2:51 pm
 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.
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October 24, 2011 2:34 pm
 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.
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October 24, 2011 2:07 pm
 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.
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October 24, 2011 1:26 pm