2020 BMW M2 Competition vs. 2018 Audi RS 7

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The M2 Competition’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The RS 7 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the M2 Competition and the RS 7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the M2 Competition for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the RS 7.

There are over 13 percent more BMW dealers than there are Audi dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the M2 Competition’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the M2 Competition has a standard 209-amp alternator. The RS 7’s 190-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 8th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the M2 Competition gets better fuel mileage than the RS 7:

MPG

M2 Competition

Manual

3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

18 city/25 hwy

Auto

3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

17 city/23 hwy

RS 7

Auto

4.0 turbo V8

14 city/24 hwy

Performance 4.0 turbo V8

14 city/24 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the M2 Competition’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The RS 7 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the M2 Competition’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The RS 7 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

The M2 Competition offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The RS 7 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

The M2 Competition offers an optional sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The RS 7 doesn’t offer an SMG.

The M2 Competition Automatic’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The RS 7 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the M2 Competition’s brake rotors are larger than those on the RS 7:

M2 Competition

RS 7

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

15.4 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

14 inches

Suspension and Handling

The M2 Competition’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (48.1% to 51.9%) than the RS 7’s (56.1% to 43.9%). This gives the M2 Competition more stable handling and braking.

The M2 Competition Coupe handles at .99 G’s, while the RS 7 pulls only .93 G’s of cornering force in a Road and Track skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the M2 Competition’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the RS 7’s (38.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The BMW M2 Competition may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 850 to 900 pounds less than the Audi RS 7.

The M2 Competition is 1 foot, 9.1 inches shorter than the RS 7, making the M2 Competition easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The M2 Competition has 3.2 inches more front headroom and .2 inches more front legroom than the RS 7.

Cargo Capacity

With its coupe body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the M2 Competition offers cargo security. The RS 7’s hatchback body style and non-lockable folding seat defeat cargo security.

Recommendations

The M2 Competition was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 3 years. The RS 7 hasn’t been picked since 2014.

The M2 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 3 years. The RS 7 hasn’t been picked since 2014.

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