The Rivalry Wages On: BMW M3 vs. Audi RS5

The next über-model from Audi’s Quattro GmbH division won’t officially debut in Geneva for another week, but images from its brochure have already made their way onto the web. The Audi RS5 coupe will no doubt take the performance of Audi’s B8 platform to levels beyond the much-loved and departed RS4. What we don’t know at this point is how high that level will go, and what the motive power will be.

It’s probably safe to assume it’ll fall somewhere between the 420 horsepower of the Audi RS4 and the 571 hp of the current Audi RS6. Since the V10 used the R8 and RS6 isn’t really in keeping with Audi’s current engine-downsizing philosophy (not to mention that the 10-cylinder probably wouldn’t fir into the smaller A5’s engine bay), perhaps we’ll a turbo or supercharged version of the 4.2-liter V8 in the current S5, or a maybe even a more severely amplified version of the 3.0-liter TFSI V6 from the S4. Either way, we can’t wait to get our hands on the RS5. [Via Autoblog]

Audi’s RS4 stood alone (and above) against the E46 M3 in nearly every category, but to be fair, the two didn’t exactly face off head-to-head. For one, the RS4 made its debut more than halfway into the E46 M3’s production cycle and err…for two, it came equipped with 2 extra doors.

This time around, the fight is a little bit more even as the next generation RS4 will go head-to-head with the E90 M3 and, consequently, this beautiful RS5 with the E92 variant…even though, as history goes, the Audi’s introduction comes 4 years into the M3’s production cycle. With the current M3 being hailed as a discounted supercar by InsideLine, we all can’t help but wonder how the top of the line RS Audi will compare – especially since it is rumored to pack an extra 30 horsepower over the BMW (though, this is the usual trend of MB and Audi) and a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. The traditionalists are, unfortunately left in the dark as the traditional 6-speed manual has been reportedly left out of the equation for the Audi.

Either way, I am super excited to see what this car is capable of doing and how it stacks up against the M3. After all, the previous generation RS4 still managed to put up a decent fight with the new school offerings from BMW and Mercedes on the Top Gear challenge episode. The C63, despite its massive power, just doesn’t compare in my eyes to either of its German rivals – despite efforts to become a much more spirited, enthusiastic drive. For BMW and Audi, though, I have a feeling the fight will be much, much closer. Too bad the US will never see those beautiful black and red Recaro seats, though.

The audience over at BMW Blog seem to think the M3 will still reign supreme. What do you think? Check out the poll and cast your vote!

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~ by unscenemedia on February 21, 2010.

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