And while fanboys and car enthusiasts might lean one way another, regular consumers may be torn on which one to get. If you’re leaning towards the Audi, here are five reasons that it is better than the M2 Competition.
Smaller engine, similar power
While the BMW has a powerful 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six under the hood, which pushes out an impressive 405 horsepower, the RS3 has a unique 2.5-liter, turbo five-cylinder that puts out 394 horsepower. It’s nitpicking, we know, but considering the Audi has one less cylinder and it’s only down 11 hp to the BMW, we’ll consider that a slight advantage.
Quicker 0-60 time
Speaking of a power deficit, the RS3 puts out 354 lb-ft of torque compared to the M2’s 406 lb-ft. Why do we bring this up? Because the RS3 gets to 60 mph from a stop in just 3.9 seconds. How about the M2? It clocks in at 4.2 seconds (4 seconds with the automatic). Take that, BMW!
Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
We know, the M2 Competition is available with a six-speed manual transmission and all the purists scream for joy when they think about rocking a stick back and forth. But consider this, the RS3 has a dual-clutch transmission that can shift faster, and smoother, than any human. So BMW fans, better start working out your arms or just get the automatic.
Quattro all-wheel drive
We’re tempted to drop the mic right here, but that would be too shallow. Instead, we’ll just kindly state that the Audi RS3 does come with the brand’s renowned all-wheel-drive system that’s capable of vectoring torque and keeping the car pointed in the corners. Which in our book, is better to have than say, a rear-wheel drivetrain, like the one in the M2 Competition.
Okay, this one might be a cheap shot because the BMW M2 Competition was born with just two doors. But there’s still no denying that more doors equate to more practicality. What’s that? There’s not much rear-seat room in the RS3? Well, you can’t even fit a shoebox in the backseat of the M2, so there.
Go for the rings
If you find yourself choosing between these two cars at any point in your life, just know that you’ll be fine either way from a performance standpoint. Both cars offer a great value considering the staggering amount of performance figures each one puts out. Also, we’ll throw the BMW a bone for having a manual and being rear-wheel-drive, it’s always a great combination.
However, if you have a family or have more than one friend, enjoy the hassle-free driving of an automatic, and need all-wheel-drive for the snow (or just want better traction)… get the Audi RS3. (Mic drop)