The bitter rivalry between M and RS has gone on for decades, but with the arrival of two new pure-breds, the BMW 1 M Coupe and Audi RS3, the animosity has reached a new boiling point.

The bitter rivalry between M and RS has gone on for decades, but with the arrival of two new pure-breds, the BMW 1 M Coupe and Audi RS3, the animosity has reached a new boiling point. Thanks to AutoExpress, the new high performance models in the very competitive compact segment go head to head down the quarter mile straight.

To bolster the fued even more, both models were released almost simultaneously, as if they were bred with the intention of doing battle with each other. Furthermore, the BMW 1 M Coupe and Audi RS3 produce the same exact amount of power, 340 PS (250 kW / 335 hp). The major difference is how they transfer that power down to the ground, all-wheel-drive in the Audi versus rear-wheel-drive in the BMW.

Hopefully AutoExpress will follow up with another challenge placed on a racing circuit with turns. Watch the video and see what happens.

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