Battle Of The Compact Luxury Cars: Audi RS4, BMW M3, And Tesla Model 3 Performance Duke It Out In Drag Race Action

The Tesla Model 3 Performance is surprisingly quick, but is it fast enough to beat an Audi RS4 and a BMW M3?

RS4, M3, Model 3 Performance

It’s the battle of the luxury compacts as a BMW M3 takes on a new Audi RS4 and a recently renamed Tesla Model 3 Performance.

This is a strange video to see as the BMW M3 isn’t currently in production. It was discontinued in May of 2018, although it would be slightly more accurate to say it was placed on hiatus as BMW announced that a replacement would arrive sometime in 2020. But still, the BMW is not a current car, so both Audi and Tesla have had a year to improve their offerings.

The BMW M3 comes with a 3.0-L twin-turbo inline 6-cylinder engine with 425 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. That’s the lowest of the three cars set to race, but it’s also the lightest car at just 3,631 lbs. Zero to sixty is advertised as taking roughly 4.0 seconds with a top speed of 174 mph. Power is routed to the rear wheels through a true dual-clutch 7-speed automatic, making for far faster shifts than the Audi.

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But not as fast as the Tesla, which doesn’t have gears at all. Twin electric motors power the front and rear axles and combine for 473 hp and 471 lb-ft of torque. All that torque provides the fastest zero to sixty time of the three at just 3.2 seconds, but all those batteries weigh it down to be the heaviest of the three at just over 4,000 lbs.

And finally, we have the Audi RS4, the latest in Audi’s performance series. It comes with the same engine as the RS5, a 2.9-L twin-turbo V6 producing 444 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque, but the RS4 is too new for us to know what the specific performance figures are. In the RS5, zero to sixty is done in just 3.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 174 mph, so we’ll say it’ll be pretty close to those figures.

Of the three, we’d never discount the Tesla as being able to trounce gas-powered cars in a drag race, but the BMW M3 is the lightest and most prestigious car of them all. Check out the video above to see which one takes home the gold.

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