MTM Audi RS5 R and RS3 R show off in Geneva


MTM is one of the larger Audi tuners on the market and they make some of the most impressive Audi builds you’ll see. Two of which just recently showed up at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show — the MTM Audi RS5 R and the Audi RS3 R. They also brought along a surprise in the form of a restored classic car.

First, let’s start with the Audi RS3 R. The new Audi RS3 is already one of the most exciting little cars on the market. Thanks to its 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine, it makes 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. That makes it good for 0-60 mph in under four seconds. However, MTM wasn’t satisfied with that, so they tuned that engine to make 564 hp and 495 lb-ft of torque. That’s a whole lot more. MTM claims that it can get from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds but we reckon it could be faster than that, as the standard car can do it in 3.9 seconds. Still, that’s mighty quick. It also looks pretty funky, with its two-tone orange and grey paintwork and its checkered flag livery.

Next up is the MTM Audi RS5 R, which was the real star at MTM’s stand in Geneva. The standard Audi RS5 is one of the fastest cars Audi makes. Its 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 makes 450 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque as-standard and that helps it get from 0-60 mph in under four seconds as well. As we’ve seen in a recent drag race video, it’s even faster than the RS3, which is already a little rocket. But with some massaging from MTM, the RS5’s engine makes 524 hp and 526 lb-ft of torque. So it makes less hp than the MTM RS3 R but more torque. Its 0-60 mph time is also a touch longer, at 3.6 seconds. However, the RS5 R a carbon fiber exhaust and some new wheels, with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, so it should be the more exciting car.

The surprise MTM brought to the show is even more exciting, at least for me, as it’s one of my all-time favorite Audis. MTM brought a fully restored Audi RS2 Avant to Geneva, completely bone stock. While it’s received a complete nut-and-bolt restoration, including an entirely rebuilt engine, it makes the exact same power as it did when new. Wearing its classic blue paint and blue seat inserts, this RS2 Avant looks positively gorgeous. It also has had its steering wheel signed by Walter Rohrl himself, one of the greatest drivers to ever race for Audi.