The BMW M3 Touring and Audi RS6 Avant are both high-performance German wagons that combine practicality and speed. However, there are significant differences between them in terms of power outputs, engines, transmissions, and weight. Carwow, however, is up to compare each metric beyond the spec sheets.
In this video, the new BMW M3 Touring challenges the Audi RS6 Avant in a drag race. Not only is it a regular straight-line contest but the weather condition are not too good, calling for more traction from these two estates. That said, the matchup between these two cars is a bit of a handicap in favour of the Audi, given that it's a class above the BMW.
Gallery: 2022 BMW M3 Touring
Starting with the power outputs, the Audi RS6 Avant has the advantage over the BMW M3 Touring. It is equipped with a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 that churns out 592 bhp (441 kilowatts) and 590 pound-feet (800 Newton-metres) of torque. The M3 Touring also has a pair of turbochargers connected to a 3.0-litre straight-six that produces up to 503 bhp (375 kW) and 479 lb-ft (650 Nm) of pull. The Audi has a significant advantage in terms of power output, though weight is another point of contention.
As the RS6 Avant is bigger than the M3 Touring, making it heavier at 2,075 kilograms (4,575 pounds) compared to the Bimmer's 1,865 kg (4,112 lbs).
Both long-roof cars come with all-wheel drivetrains, which provide excellent traction and handling. However, Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system is known for its superior grip and stability, particularly in adverse weather conditions. Did it have the advantage in this particular wet drag race?
After several tries, the contest for German estate supremacy went down to which had the best traction at launch. Goes to show that the M3 Touring, despite being a segment lower than the RS6 Avant, has what it takes to punch above the class. Watch the video above to see the results.