This debate is subjective, there's no doubt about that. It's also contentious and somewhat limiting given we're only talking cars to the value of $100,000 Aussie dollars here rather than USD.
No matter, we'll be straight up. We think the best sounding new car for less than sub $100k is the Audi RS3. We've also driven the M2, however, and would say that gives it a solid run for its money. The biggest issue you'll have when tossing up the two options below is that you can never adequately capture an exhaust sound in a YouTube video. Guess you'll just have to go test drive both for yourself to confirm.
So which one will be it for you? Or, do you have a third contender to throw into the mix? Let us know in the comments.
Engine: Inline 5-cylinder petrol with direct fuel injection and turbo-charging
Transmission: 7-speed S-tronic
Power: 294kw @ 5,850 – 7,000 pm
Torque: 480Nm @ 1,700 – 5,850 rpm
0-100km/h time (sec): 4.1
Price: $80,611 (Hatchback) & $84,900 (Sedan)
Engine: 3-litre six-cylinder turbo-charged
Transmission: 7-Speed Dual Clutch with Drivelogic
Power: 272kW @ 6,500rpm
Torque: 465Nm @ 1,400-5,650rpm (500Nm on overboost)
0-100km/h time (sec): 4.3
Price: $99,900, plus on-roads