MTM Goes All the Way with Audi RS3 Sportback
We’ll skip past the black and orange cosmetics and straight into the engine bay. MTM has a lot of experience with the unit, since they’ve tuned the TT-RS but they’ve gone one over this time.
There are three stages of tune available for the car, but the most impressive packs 462 horsepower. The first package takes the 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-five generating 340 hp and 450 Nm (331 lb-ft) of torque, to an output of 410 hp and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft), using nothing but ECU fettling.
The second stage kit takes things a bit further with new downpipes, an intercooler and exhaust system that take output to 424 hp and 560Nm (413 lb-ft) torque, which is enough to scare the R8.
A new turbocharger is what’s needed to take things all the way to 472 hp and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft).
MTM says that going all the way will cost you €10,600, but you won’t find another hatchback with almost 500 hp for that kind of money. Expect the tuners to release some impressive performance figures soon. Some better brakes and a few racy interiour touches have also been introduced.
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