Spec Comparability: 2022 Audi RS3 versus BMW M2 Competitors
The all-new 2022 Audi RS3 only in the near past made its worldwide debut and it’s going to be the quickest, most dynamic RS3 but. Extra importantly, it lastly may need what it takes to battle the BMW M2 Competitors, because of its new rear differential. So, whereas they’re not actual apples-to-apples rivals, they do each occupy the identical value/efficiency/dimension segments, so let’s check out the specs between the 2 automobiles, to see which would be the higher sports activities automobile on the value level.
Each automobiles pack punchy turbocharged engines however they’re very totally different in format and configuration. The BMW M2 Competitors makes use of a 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged inline-six to make 405 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. Whereas the Audi RS3 makes use of a 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-five to make 401 horsepower and 369 lb-ft. Each automobiles get seven-speed dual-clutch automatics however the M2 is obtainable with a six-speed stick, whereas the RS3 will not be. Being that the RS3 is predicated on a front-wheel drive chassis, its engine can be transversely mounted, fairly than the M2’s longitudinal format.
On paper, the RS3 is quicker, with Audi claiming 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds and BMW claiming 4.2 seconds for a similar time. In actuality, we will’t say which is quicker, as nobody has examined the RS3 simply but. Nevertheless, the earlier RS3 was often faster than the M2 Comp anyway, because of all-wheel drive launches.
Rear-Wheel Drive vs All-Wheel Drive
Talking of all-wheel drive, the brand new Audi RS3 would possibly lastly be able to taking up the BMW M2 Competitors in a dealing with battle. With the final era, the RS3’s terminal understeer and lackluster steering would fail it throughout comparisons with automobiles just like the M2. Haldex all-wheel drive will do this to a automobile, simply ask the BMW M135i. Nevertheless, this new RS3 has a trick up its sleeve that looks as if it may degree the taking part in subject.
The Audi RS3 remains to be front-wheel drive primarily based nevertheless it now has a brand new all-wheel drive system and rear differential that not solely can ship 100% of its energy to the rear axle however will accomplish that recurrently. The rear diff is what Audi calls an “RS Torque Splitter” and is comprised of two multi-plate clutch packs, one for every rear axle. So it will probably range the precise quantity of torque it needs to the rear wheels, even sending all of its engine’s energy to only one rear wheel, within the automobile’s new drift mode.
Clearly, the M2’s extra pure rear-wheel drive format goes to be extra balanced, and certain a bit extra pleasing general, however the RS3’s new rear diff and rear-bias all-wheel drive system ought to assist get it nearer to the M2 by way of enjoyable. If it may be 80-percent as enjoyable because the BMW M2 but additionally present the identical unimaginable all-weather traction we’ve come to count on from the RS3, will probably be a really compelling package deal for lots of lovers.
Right here’s the place a whole lot of BMW lovers will cry in regards to the lack of equity on this comparability: the BMW M2 Competitors is a two-door, four-seat coupe (2+2), whereas the Audi RS3 is both a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback. Whereas that’s true, this isn’t an apples-to-apples comparability, they each function in the identical efficiency class and each put on related sticker costs. There’s no getting round the truth that the RS3 is extra sensible than the M2, nevertheless, the Bimmer does have higher rear seat house than you would possibly assume.
Right here’s the place these two have a difficulty competing in opposition to each other — the Audi RS3 received’t go on sale till early 2022, whereas the BMW M2 is already ending its manufacturing. So the 2 received’t actually get an opportunity to compete, head-to-head, one gross sales flooring. Nevertheless, there’ll nonetheless be a whole lot of M2 Competitors’s on the highway when the RS3 goes on sale. So house owners will completely have the ability to examine their automobiles in the true world.
Is considered one of these automobiles truly higher than the opposite? We received’t have the ability to inform till we will check the Audi RS3 in the true world. Nevertheless, the 2 appear nearer than ever earlier than, by way of efficiency and dynamics. What’s going to be much more thrilling is to see how the 2022 Audi RS3 and the 2023 BMW M2 examine, when the latter automobile lastly debuts.