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    BMW M2 vs Ford Focus RS vs Audi RS3 (Autoexpress)

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    16 May, 2016 12:30pm

    Absolute power: In one of the most eagerly awaited performance car clashes of 2016, BMW's M2 faces two scorching rivals from Ford and Audi

    If you're after speed without breaking the bank, then 2016 has been a brilliant year so far. Ford's Focus RS has already seen off its four-wheel-drive rivals in a showdown on Spanish roads, so it's now the hardcore hot hatchback to beat.

    But there's now a new driver-focused model prowling Britain's B-roads. The BMW M2 has the Focus squarely in its sights, and while it doesn't boast as tempting a price tag as the Ford, it promises to offer the same intoxicating mix of driver involvement, adjustable handling and dimensions that mean you can confidently deploy all the power on real roads, not just race tracks.

    Using engine components from its bigger brothers, the M3 and M4, the M2 outguns the Focus RS for outright power, but Audi may have something to say about that.

    The RS3 is as hot as the M2 and blends the premium appeal of the BMW with the all-wheel-drive security of the Ford. The Audi lost out last time round, but can it pull off a surprise win on British soil? We took all three for a spin on the road and the race track to find out.

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    The Focus features a much-hyped Drift Mode, and although the system works, it doesn't feel as natural as rear-wheel drive. BMW does it the old-fashioned way, with a beautifully balanced chassis on the M2. While these two put the driver at the heart of the action, the Audi leaves you disappointed by its numb, lifeless chassis.

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    Our trio all have turbo engines, but with different configurations. The Ford has a four-cylinder that produces rally car-style pops, while the warbling five-cylinder Audi and silky six-cylinder BMW sound expensive. The beauty of the disparate units is how each suits the character of the cars.

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    You get what you pay for in terms of brand image. The cheaper Ford has some boy racer connotations, and while the Audi and BMW can still play the hooligan, the badges on the Focus RS' German rivals arguably carry more appeal.


    Verdict


    First place: Ford Focus RS

    Ford has once again delivered a performance car for the people with this latest Focus RS. Price, practicality and eye-popping styling mean it carries a lot of appeal, while it drives, handles and stops just as well as the BMW. The fact that it's £16,580 cheaper to buy than the M2 and more cost effective to run seals the deal. This is a great fast Ford that'll go down in history.

    Second place: BMW M2

    The M2's sublime chassis balance and more exotic engine tug on your heartstrings, but it's difficult to ignore the price - and how much of that it'll lose compared to rivals. Despite its performance advantage on test, the M2 is no faster than the Focus in the real world. However, a bigger boot and plusher cabin mean the BMW will be just as easy to live with.

    Third place: Audi RS3

    The RS3 falls into third place. While its powertrain is evocative of Audi's motorsport greats, its chassis can't match what's under the bonnet. It's beautifully built and certainly usable - plus there's no doubting the blistering straight-line performance on offer - but at this price, the way the RS3 drives leaves you feeling cold and, in this company, a little disappointed.

    Also consider

    New: Mercedes-AMG CLA 45

    Price: £43,515

    Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl, 376bhp

    Mercedes CLA 45 AMG front three-quarters

    Combining coupe styling with four-door practicality, the new CLA 45 also offers more power than the M2 for less money. Four-wheel-drive and a dual-clutch box are standard, helping it cover 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds, and it has a 470-litre boot.

    Used: BMW M4 DCT

    Price: £45,000

    Engine: 3.0-litre 6cyl, 425bhp

    The M2's big brother, the M4, is a big step up for performance, but if you want the most explosive M car around, a lightly used M4 coupe is within budget. It's slightly faster, but it's harder to manage the engine. The M2 feels better balanced.

    Facts and figures

    Ford Focus RS BMW M2 DCT Audi RS3 Sportback
    On-the-road price/total as tested £31,000/£35,135 £46,720/£48,350 £40,805/£43,455
    Residual value (after 3yrs/30,000) £14,694/47.4% £21,958/47.0% £23,279/57.1%
    Depreciation £16,306 £24,762 £17,526
    Annual tax liability std/higher rate £1,897/£3,795 £3,149/£6,298 £2,737/£5,474
    Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles) £2,430/£4,049 £2,352/£3,920 £2,512/£4,187
    Ins. group/quote/road tax band/cost 40/£644/H/£205 42/£943/I/£225 40/£689/J/£265
    Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service £570 (3yrs) £800 (5yrs/50k miles) £295/£394/£295

    Length/wheelbase 4,390/2,648mm 4,468/2,693mm 4,343/2,631mm
    Height/width 1,472/1,823mm 1,410/1,854mm 1,411/1,800mm
    Engine 4cyl in-line/2,300cc 6cyl in-line/2,979cc 5cyl in-line/2,480cc
    Peak power 345/6,000 bhp/rpm 365/6,500 bhp/rpm 362/5,550 bhp/rpm
    Peak torque 440/2,000 Nm/rpm 500/1,400 Nm/rpm 465/1,625 Nm/rpm
    Transmission 6-spd manual/4wd 7-spd auto/rwd 7-spd auto/4wd
    Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel 62 litres/sealant 52 litres/sealant 55 litres/sealant
    Boot capacity (seats up/down) 260/1,045 litres 390 litres/N/A 280/1,120 litres
    Kerbweight/payload/towing weight 1,547/478kg/N/A 1,595/490kg/N/A 1,520/500kg/N/A
    Turning circle 11.9 metres 11.7 metres 10.9 metres
    Basic warranty (miles)/recovery 3yrs (60,000)/1yr 3yrs (unltd)/3yrs 3yrs (60,000)/3yrs
    Service intervals/UK dealers 10,000 miles/781 Variable (1yr)/153 Variable/121
    Driver Power manufacturer/dealer pos. 27th/26th^ 15th/23rd^ 21st/25th^
    NCAP: Adult/child/ped./assist/points 92/82/72/71/5 N/A 95/87/74/86/5

    0-60/30-70mph 5.0/4.3 secs 4.8/3.6 secs 3.8/3.1 secs
    30-50mph in 3rd/4th 2.4/3.0 secs 1.9/2.6 secs 2.2/3.1 secs
    50-70mph in 5th/6th/7th 3.7/4.6 secs/N/A 3.2/4.1/5.7 secs 3.9/4.8/6.6 secs
    Top speed/rpm at 70mph 165mph/2,400rpm 155mph/2,100rpm 155mph/2,000rpm
    Braking 70-0/60-0/30-0mph 48.4/39.9/8.0m 45.1/30.5/8.8m 46.5/34.1/10.9m
    Noise levels outside/idle/30/70mph 65/48/65/73dB 72/57/67/72dB 63/45/63/71
    Auto Express econ (mpg/mpl)/range 24.3/5.3/331 miles 25.1/5.5/287 miles 23.5/5.2/284 miles
    Govt urban/extra-urban/combined 28.3/44.8/36.7mpg 26.9/44.1/35.8mpg 25.2/44.8/34.9mpg
    Govt urban/extra-urban/combined 6.2/9.9/8.1mpl 5.9/9.7/7.9mpl 5.5/9.9/7.7mpl
    Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket 312/175g/km/32% 260/185g/km/34% 300/189g/km/34%

    Airbags/Isofix/parking sensors/cam Six/y/1,000**/£465^^ Eight/yes/yes/£330 Seven/yes/yes/£275
    Auto box/stability/cruise control/AEB* No/yes/£1,000**/£200 Yes/yes/yes/£390 Yes/no/£225/£255
    Climate control/leather/heated seats Yes/part/no Yes/yes/£295 Yes/yes/yes
    Metallic paint/xenon lights/keyless go £525/yes/1,000** Yes/yes/£350 £550/LED/£425
    Sat-nav/USB/DAB radio/Bluetooth £465^^/yes/yes/yes Yes/yes/yes/yes Yes/yes/yes/yes

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    Hopefully there's a video to go with this.

    Edit - in the mean time, here's the full article:

    http://f87.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho....php?t=1260630
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    Getting bored of these subjective reviews... Let's see a professional take them all around a track and see how they each do. I don't care what some journalist thinks of each car, because it seems most of them are suckers for hype and say what they think people want to hear.

    I picked the RS because I wanted a hatchback for the practicality, and *not* FWD, which limited me to the Golf R or the RS... Since I don't like VW, that left the RS.

    Although if I'd been in the market for something like the M2, it would've been the 2016 Camaro 2SS all the way. I'll keep my 20k+, thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sabaoth View Post
    Getting bored of these subjective reviews... Let's see a professional take them all around a track and see how they each do. I don't care what some journalist thinks of each car, because it seems most of them are suckers for hype and say what they think people want to hear.

    I picked the RS because I wanted a hatchback for the practicality, and *not* FWD, which limited me to the Golf R or the RS... Since I don't like VW, that left the RS.

    Although if I'd been in the market for something like the M2, it would've been the 2016 Camaro 2SS all the way. I'll keep my 20k+, thanks.
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    Unless it i a typo(twice), the RS got beat in braking from 60-0mph by over 9 meters, doing it in 39.9 meters(131 feet)!! Yikes, that's terrible. Pretty much all new cars are better than that. I want to blame it on the conditions but the M2 cars did well(30.5m). It must be a glitch.

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    The track video was pretty cool, though - only lost to the M2 by .1 sec. Although I question whether anyone can run as fast as possible while yakking to the camera the entire time!

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    er.. " Kerbweight/payload 1,547/478kg 1,595/490kg 1,520/500kg " ...!!!

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    The explanation from BMW Blog and my favorite quote:

    So that means the Ford Focus RS takes first place. Its buzzy little engine, that’s as punchy as it is small, six-speed manual and tenacious all-wheel drive traction make the Focus RS a blast to drive.

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