When the brand new 2022 Audi RS3 first debuted, it made fairly the stir with its new RS Torque Splitter rear differential. That may not sound that vital however it makes the RS3 the primary ever front-wheel drive-based Audi able to rear-biased energy. With its new rear-biased energy, the brand new RS3 is a much better driver’s automotive than earlier than and extra succesful on monitor. However is it fast sufficient to take down the excellent BMW M2 CS on the most treacherous monitor on the planet? Because it seems, probably, sure.
Audi lately recorded an official lap time of seven:40.748 across the Nürburgring, which makes it the quickest automotive within the compact phase on the Inexperienced Hell. The final time the BMW M2 CS was formally timed across the ‘Ring, was when Christian Gebhardt lapped it for an Auto Sport check. Gebhardt recorded a time of seven:42.99, two seconds slower than the Audi RS3.
Admittedly, this isn’t a real apples-to-apples comparability. For starters, the 2 automobiles weren’t pushed by the identical particular person. Gebhardt drove the M2 CS, whereas Audi’s personal skilled driver, Frank Strippler, drove the Audi RS3. I’m not implying that Strippler is essentially higher than Gebhardt however it’s nonetheless not a correctly correct check if the drivers are completely different. Secondly, Strippler was a part of the event of the RS3’s driving dynamics, so he’s intimately aware of the way it drives. Lastly, the Audi RS3 was geared up with Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires, that are hyper-aggressive, semi-slick tires, so it may have had a tire benefit as effectively.
Even with these little asterisks that include this comparability, it’s potential the Audi RS3 is faster across the ‘Ring anyway. It has related energy — the Audi RS3 makes use of 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder to make 394 horsepower (401 horsepower within the U.S.), versus the M2’s 3.0 liter twin-turbo I6 with 444 horsepower — however the Audi has all-wheel drive. So its superior grip may need made it a bit faster.
It will be attention-grabbing to get each automobiles on the identical monitor, on the identical day, with the identical driver, in the identical situations, to see which is quicker. It’s going to be tough to get our fingers on the M2 CS once more however we’ll probably get the possibility to drive the RS3 within the close to future. Hopefully we will put each automobiles back-to-back to see which is greatest.