Road Tests Real world tests of BMW M3 vs TT RS Coupé

0-60mph

Top speed

M3 (E92) Coupe
161 mph
TT RS Coupé
174 mph

1/4 mile

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of BMW M3

Reasons to consider the
BMW M3 (E92) Coupe

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More powerful engine 420 HP @ 8,300 RPM vs 335 HP @ 5,400 RPM More than 25% stronger engine
Bigger engine 3,999 cc vs 2,480 cc More than 60% bigger engine
Way higher redline 8,400 RPM vs 7,000 RPM 20% more revs
Better power-to-weight ratio 8.69 lb/hp vs 10.03 lb/hp Around 15% better power-to-weight ratio
Front view of Audi TT RS Coupé

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Has an air compressor Turbocharger vs None Most supercars don't have an air compressor
Faster top speed 174 mph vs 161 mph 13 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Faster to 60mph 4 s vs 4.4 s Around 10% faster to 60mph
Slightly more torque 331 ft-lb @ 1,600 RPM vs 295 ft-lb @ 3,900 RPM More than 10% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Lighter curb weight 3,360 lb vs 3,649 lb Around 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

BMW M3  vs
TT RS Coupé 
Brand BMW Audi
Price 59,625 56,850
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2008 2010
City mileage 14 MPG 18 MPG
Highway mileage 20 MPG 25 MPG

transmission

Drivetrain RWD w/M Differential Lock quattro 4WD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6
Gear ratios
1: 4.05:1
2: 2.37:1
3: 1.58:1
4: 1.19:1
5: 1:1
6: 0.87:1

engine

Displacement 3,999 cc 2,480 cc
Air compressor None Turbocharger
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 12:1 10:1
Bore/stroke 3.62 in / 2.96 in 3.2 in / 3.7 in
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

BMW M3  vs
TT RS Coupé 
Top speed 161 mph 174 mph
1/4 mile 12.5 s 12.6 s
0-60mph 4.4 s 4 s

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 8.69 lb/hp 10.03 lb/hp
Maximum hp 420 HP @ 8,300 RPM 335 HP @ 5,400 RPM
Maximum torque 295 ft-lb @ 3,900 RPM 331 ft-lb @ 1,600 RPM
Max RPM 8,400 RPM 7,000 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 457/? 215 483/? 229
Rear wheels 457/? 241 483/? 229

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,649 lb 3,360 lb
Width 71.5 in 72.5 in
Height 55.8 in 53 in
Length 181.7 in 165.3 in
Front track width 60.6 in 61.2 in
Wheelbase 108.7 in 97.2 in
BMW M3 (E92) Coupe
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Audi TT RS Coupé
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