The Audi RS5 demands a substantial premium over the BMW M3; less if you specify your M3 with the seven-speed, dual-clutch M DCT gearbox or the Competition Pack (which we would).

Similarly, the RS5 demands a tiny insurance premium, by virtue of being in group 44 rather than the M3’s 43.

Its incredible that iPod connectivity is not offered more cheaply

The Audi does supposedly, and actually, offer better economy; we didn’t manage to match the official 26.2mpg consumption figure (we never do), but 22.0mpg is a reasonable average for a 444bhp, 1855kg super-coupé and an improvement over the 19mpg we recorded in the (pre-EfficientDynamics manual) M3 we tested back in 2007.

The RS5 is predicted to retain 47 percent of its value after three years, two percent less than an M3, making the higher list price look a little more scary.

A decent amount of equipment is offered. Aside from its 19-inch alloys and LED daytime running lights; front, side and curtain airbags, climate control, leather sports seats and rear parking sensors are fitted as standard.

But if you want to connect your iPod, that’ll set you back £1995 for the technology pack, which also includes sat-nav and cruise control. Pricy.

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