Originally Posted by devo
Exactly. Even if attainable-through other means, that much hp would certainly be cost prohibitive for the average owner.
I love the E46 M3 and it certainly faired very well against Audi's flagship. But, remember that the Audi IS pushing/losing that power through all four wheels. One of Audi's biggest issues is that they can not seem to get their sport sedans down to a respectable weight.
It takes a LOT of a disparity in HP to gain a little distance in a drag race. I'd say that the RS4 did a really good job spanking the M. You can place some of the blame on a poor launch, but the RS4 clearly walks away from the the M as the speed increases, illustrating the RS4's big HP advantage.
Don't get me wrong, I am a BMW fan, but kudos to Audi. Now if they can reduce the weight and the price a little, BMW M Division might be losing some sales.
Totally Agree, the RS4 is def faster than the E46 M3 and it is a beautiful car, just a bit too heavy and pricey IMHO.