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2012 Audi RS3 Drag Races New BMW M240i And Audi S3

Watch how the old hot hatch performs against modern competitors.



Keep an eye on how the outdated hot hatchfares against more recent rivals.

This drag race shows how quickly performance automobiles have advanced. A new S3 and BMW M240i are challenged by a 2012 Audi RS3 Sportback. Choosing between cars with four, five, and six cylinders is difficult. They’re all four-wheel drives.

The 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder used in the 2012 RS3 produces 335 horsepower (250 kilowatts or 340 metric horsepower) and 332 pound-feet of torque (450 Newton-meters). An automated gearbox with seven speeds transmits the power.

A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the 2022 S3 generates 306 horsepower (228 kW or 310 metric horsepower) and 295 lb-ft (400 Newton-meters) of torque. It has a dual-clutch, seven-speed automatic transmission. For the model year 2022, this model is offered in the US. After destination charges, prices range from $45,945 for the base trim to $52,545 for the top trim.


In the UK market, the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six in the M240i produces 369 horsepower (275 kW or 374 metric hp) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm). The US version had 382 horsepower (285 kW). There is just an eight-speed automatic transmission option.

There are two quarter-mile runs to kick off the competitions. In the first one, the S3 driver jumps the start. The RS3 comes in last, and the M240i wins easily.

The second try is a competitive race. Once more, the M240i triumphs. The battle between the new S3 and the old RS3 is the one to watch. They are fairly evenly matched against one another. In the end, the S3 wins by a hair’s breadth.

Two half-mile rolling races starting at 50 mph follow (80 kph). In the first, every car is in the comfortable setting. The new S3 comes in second place, while the BMW takes first place once more.


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The models are set to their sport modes and manual gearbox settings for the second race. Speeding away from the Audis is the M240i. The S3 and RS3 remain close by one another. The S3 wins by a slim margin.

The final test involves braking from 100 mph (161 kph). All three cars are close together, but the RS3 stops with the least separation.