BMW M3 vs Audi RS 5 Sportback: A matter of traction


The two most popular four-door sports cars from Audi and BMW face off in this drag race that shows that horses are as important as the ability to transmit them to the ground. The BMW M3 and its brother M4 have shown us that beyond their groundbreaking and for many controversial designs hides a fantastic sports car ideal for those who seek to enjoy driving and high performance. For this reason, it was time to face the last member of the M3 saga in a drag race, and the moment has also come with a direct rival like the Audi RS 5 Sportback.


Thus, the folks at Cars.co.za has brought together two of the most popular and desired four-door sports cars to celebrate a 400-meter dash.


60 hp difference


In addition, the new M3 of the new generation G80 comes very well-armed because in addition the version present in this duel is an M3 Competition, which means that under the hood it hides the classic BMW 3.0 six-cylinder Biturbo engine, although with a power of 510 hp, 30 more than in the standard M3, and about 650 Nm of maximum torque. We know that BMW offers this new model with both rear-wheel drive and M xDrive all-wheel drive, although this model has the former.


Unlike his rival, the Audi RS 5 Sportback, incorporates the famous Quattro all-wheel drive as standard, which will undoubtedly be an advantage at the start, especially considering that the four-door coupe from Ingolstadt has to settle for 450 hp from a V6 turbocharged 60 hp difference that should clearly tip the balance towards the new BMW M3.


Traction is the key


However, as we said before, having an all-wheel-drive in a drag race like this can be an advantage, and the best demonstration comes when we watch the video. In it, you can see perfectly how the Audi RS 5 comes out quickly without any problem while the BMW shows that it is not capable of managing all its power so well, clearly superior to that of the Audi, on the asphalt. And so we find that the less powerful Audi RS 5 manages to beat the BMW M3 by far, which despite coming back in the middle of the race has strayed too far to turn the result of the race around. Fortunately for him, the thing is balanced a little more in the launched race, in which the BMW does manage to take advantage of its extra 60 hp. A perfect demonstration that more does not always have to mean better, less when it comes to raw speed.

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