It seems the press is bent on brewing up a rivalry brewing between the BMW 1 Series M Coupe and the Audi RS3. As you may recall, AutoExpress recently pitted the pint-sized Germans against each another in a drag race. Now, Fifth Gear lined up both machines for a one-lap battle with Tiff Needell driving the 1M and Mark Higgins piloting the Audi RS3. Higgins recently set a four-wheel lap record around the Isle of Man TT course (and pulled off one of the hairiest saves we've ever seen in the process).

The 1 Series M Coupe packs 335 horsepower channeled to the rear tires as God intended, while the Audi RS3 comes equipped with 340 horsepower and the sure-footedness of all-wheel drive. How did the battle turn out? Let's just say that the winner spanked his competition by nearly three full seconds. Hit the jump to see the fight for yourself.

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