• Sep 5, 2007

We found a couple great Fifth Gear videos for you from the new season, so we decided to put both into one post. First (above), Vicky Butler-Henderson pits two of the hottest luxury sport coupes, the all-new Audi S5 and the BMW 335i. These two vehicles show just how far the sport coupe market has come in the past few years, and Vicky took both to the track to see which vehicle was quicker. The rear-drive Bimmer had it all over the S5 in the handling department while also weighing a few hundred pounds less, but the S5 used its over 50HP advantage courtesy of its brute-force V8 engine to even the score. Click play above to see who won the time trial by a minuscule .6 seconds.

Hit the jump to view the second Fifth Gear video, and see what could be a teaser of the Veyron cabrio.

[Source: YouTube]

Our good friend Tiff Needell always seems to get the best assignments, and in the following video, he was able to visit the Bugatti factory and take a Veyron for a spin. First he teases us by showing the "top speed" key, which is needed to hit the ridiculous 253 MPH top speed. While that makes for great TV, we're more interested in what Sir Tiff couldn't show us. It seems that there is more to the Bugatti brand, and at about 3:25 into the spot, the clever camera operator plays a little game we like to call "just the tip, just for a second." We can see just past the front wheel well of the front end of Bugatti's 1,001 HP beast. It's almost certainly another Veyron, so a drop top is the only option. For some reason, we don't think the engineers at Bugatti would let us hit 253 MPH with the top down, would they? Check out the video below.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Thank you. That is why I read your site. All other is filler.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great victory for a great car in this "unfair" comparo, plus the lady was obviously having fun with the 3.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it is interesting that BMW understates their own automobiles.
      BMW on the website claims they get 300 bhp and torque. But when the car is put on the dyno it gets 275 rwhp and 300 rw torque. The hp and torque losses due to drive train are typically ~15hp & torque. Which would mean that BMW actually gets 317 bhp and 345 torque!
      gotta love torque! go bimmer!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think its pretty well known how the audi and bmw models compare to each other:

      audi A models are generally outperformed by equivalent bmw non-M models.

      audi S models are easily outperformed by euivalent bmw M models

      audi RS models kick bmw's ass all over the place!

      between S5 and 335i, I'd take the 335i.
      but between RS5 and M3, I'll take the RS5.
      too bad I'll have to move to europe
      to own an RS6 Avant :[
      • 7 Years Ago
      Quite simply, she's a bad driver. She's taking the corners incorrectly with that 3.
        • 7 Years Ago
        She's a professional racing driver. She is probably more qualified for this job than everyone on this site.
        • 7 Years Ago
        tick, uhm, just dont talk
      • 7 Years Ago
      That "secret" Veyron looks like the Pegaso edition spotted in the Middle East. Rumors say it has 1200hp.
      • 7 Years Ago
      oh you mean putting a hemi in the jetta still can't dethrone the king!?! HAHAHAHA

      companies should just give up trying to compete with BMW in this category, it was over before it started. Now Audi has tried to position their cars in between BMW instead of as equals and they are losing that battle too.

      Now Audi is stuck w/ a bunch of cars that are more expensive than BMW that don't perform as well and don't have as good of styling (though they are close in this department). S5 is slower/equal to the 335 for 5 grand more. the new M3 I believe will decimate the RS4 on the track when it unveils for significantly less...

      Audi:BMW::Pepsi:Coke
      • 7 Years Ago
      Jesse, they wanted to protect the outgoing M3 so it would still sell some I am guessing.

      Chase, that Pepsi:Coke thing is so true.

      Jesse's comments about the underrated M3 makes me wonder what the S5 dynos at, at the crank and at the wheels. Isn't drivetrain loss worse on AWD systems traditionally?

      And last but not least, the comments that she is a professional driver. I know she is capable, but there is no denying the very odd lines and heavy footed throttle control. You can see her unsettling both cars a lot, not just on her shakedown laps. On a wet track, especially in the RWD car, smooth and steady wins the race. I really expected the BMW to lose the way she was driving it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        i love that smooth and steady myth

        sometimes, a car is not set up exactally for a corner, you have to make it work, the fastest way is not always the prettiest
        • 7 Years Ago
        naggs, that is not really true for a rear wheel drive car. Do you honestly believe you need to toss a high torque, high HP, well balanced (as all BMWs are, you can't deny that), car into turns like she does? On a wet track?

        Sure, there are cars you need to unsettle to make them turn. It's more of an issue with a front wheel drive car, or even better, an all wheel drive car.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Title should be S5 vs. 335i...not A5
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think the Veyron that can't be shown is the Pegaso Edition Veyron. The colors look approx. similar and this show must have been filmed months ago while Bugatti was finishing the car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Shouldn't they compare the S5 to the M3?
      • 7 Years Ago
      so they have a wet track with dirtn on it and the RWD BMW 335i still manages to edge out the S5 quattro

      take that battle to a better track with not loos dirt in a dry day and the 335i will take the S5 out for a lesson that Audi need to take to their next design and finally give us a real handling car w/ RWD and their fine V8
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