Audi and BMW have long been enemies on both the road and the track, with their respective M and S/RS lines duking it out to the delight of auto enthusiasts everywhere. In this video from Evo, two of the rivalry's newest combatants take to the track - the Audi S3 and the BMW M135i.

The new Audi S3, which is finally coming to America, throws down with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder. 290 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque are deployed to a Quattro all-wheel-drive system via a six-speed, S-Tronic dual-clutch transmission, allowing the five-door Audi to scamper to 60 in under five seconds.

The BMW, which Americans will know as a long-roof version of the new M235i Coupe, comes to the track with 320 ponies and 331 lb-ft of torque. That's a good bit more than the Audi, but the M135i has only two wheels to send its power to, an eight-speed single-clutch automatic (a six-speed manual is available) and a slightly higher curb weight.

Which will be best on the track? Scroll down and find out.


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      Brian Rautio
      • 9 Months Ago
      Why is the RWD hatchback Beamer heavier than the AWD Audi sedan? Yes the beamer's got a 6, but it's an aluminum block vs the cast iron block 4 in the S3. I think these two German automakers have traded some of their priorities.
        Erik
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Brian Rautio
        All the extra glass, trim, and insulation in a hatchback will make it heavier than an equal weight sedan. I wonder what the M235i coupe weighs vs. an S3.
      Vien Huynh
      • 9 Months Ago
      M135i lost automatically for being... ugly?
      S40Powered
      • 9 Months Ago
      Sorry but the bimmer face is a thing only a mother could love. The S3 is the instant winner for me.
        ferps
        • 9 Months Ago
        @S40Powered
        good thing the 2 series we get in the US looks much better
          S40Powered
          • 9 Months Ago
          @ferps
          Absolutely. I'm a BMW fan but the 1 series is awfully looking. The 2 series is hot.
      Soccer Mom
      • 9 Months Ago
      And then the winter comes, and you thank yourself for choosing 1.2 second slower Audi.
        colin.shark
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Soccer Mom
        Or.... Not. I've been bottoming out on speed bumps and hanging the tail out a bit (a lot), but my RWD car with snow tires got me through Michigan Snowpacalypse 2014 just fine.
      Bernard
      • 9 Months Ago
      Um noo... I'll take the Infiniti.
      Lachmund
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'm happy to hear Audi finally got rid of their front heavy driving characteristics.
      Georg
      • 9 Months Ago
      The headline is wrong it is a S3 Sportback vs a M135i 2door I dont like Evo from the UK they always try to cheat around a little bit... if compare do it with both cars in same trim... both 2 door or both 4 door not the less powerfull in the more heavy larger 4 door version agains the lighter 2 door version of the more powerfull car... S3 (2door) 1470kg (curbe weight + 75kg driver) S3 Sportback 1500kg (curb weight + 75kg driver) as tested M 135i (2door) 1515kg (curb weight +75kg driver) as tested M 135i (4door) 1520kg (curb weight +75kg driver) the truth is Evo took away a 45kg(nearly 100lbs) weight advantage for the S3 by pitting a 4 door vs a 2 door the price different in Germany between the S3 and M135i are 3000Euro ($ 4,160)
      Mark C
      • 9 Months Ago
      Since most drivers aren't going to be driving 10/10th on the track I'm not sure this is the best measure of which is the best daily driver. As someone who lives in the northeast I'll take the AWD. That said, my 335i with X-Drive has the motor & AWD (plus a 6-speed). Seems a better solution for those who see a bit of "weather" during the year.
      Bispo Guerra
      • 9 Months Ago
      - Manual Transmission + rear-wheel drive = fun sports car - Four wheel drive + dual-clutch I command you = go to the supermarket quickly (Bullying against his heart)
        DocRobot
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Bispo Guerra
        Bispo sounds like he / she has never driven a Dual Clutch Auto, like the 6 speed DSG in my 06 GTI. Now, i know my DSG Auto is a few gens old at this time, but it still shifts at full throttle in 125ms up or down. I can let it shift for itself, of use the paddle shifters, or the stick on the console can go through the gears too, so I am not just a passenger. :P Dual clutches are engaging and fun, especially when mine is in Sport mode, where it holds gears over 4K in light driving, higher with more throttle. It matches revs, downshifts like a pro and has a fantastic engine overrun sound as it decelerates, popping and ummm gurgling like a big V8 in a SLS, CTS-V, or Corvette, etc. Dual clutches are also faster and more fuel efficient than manuals, so I want you to have a stick to shift if you are the aggressive driver in the other lane at the stop light... heh heh
          Bispo Guerra
          • 9 Months Ago
          @DocRobot
          I prefer strong entering a corner with rear-wheel drive and manual transmission. - I believe that the lack of clutch enhances risk accidents - I do not deny the existing technology in dual clutch ... I'm talking more on fun to drive .... - run straight = use remote control ... want fun check out lane ! - Economy ??? ...ride a bike, metro, etc
      Kunal Bhan
      • 9 Months Ago
      I know in America we aren't getting the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, but would they at least throw that into the mix for a threeway comparison of the big 3 of Germany?
      James Dailey
      • 9 Months Ago
      1.1 second slower on a lap, but what's the price difference, comparably equipped? The BMW is 1.3% faster (1.1 seconds out of a 1:27.7 lap), but I expect it's a lot more than 1.3% more expensive.
      GFB
      • 9 Months Ago
      RWD will always tend to reward the driver. FWD will always tend to reward the passengers even in its AWD guise. Hanging the engine in front of the front axle will alway exact a penalty.
        Georg
        • 9 Months Ago
        @GFB
        weight balance S3 58/42 (852kg frontaxle) M135i 54/46 (818kg frontaxle) the different isnt that big ... in fact the front axle of both cars carry almost identical weight
          DocRobot
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Georg
          Yeah GFB sounds like a tried and true arm chair racer. lol
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