Battle of the bargains.

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.

Audi RS3

Engine: Inline 5-cylinder petrol with direct fuel injection and turbo-charging 

Transmission: 7-speed S-tronic

Driveline: Quattro

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)

BMW M2

Engine: 3-litre six-cylinder turbo-charged

Transmission: 7-Speed Dual Clutch with Drivelogic 

Driveline: Rear

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

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