A new report indicates Audi will not be making an RS3 Plus version to sit on top of the RS3 Sportback. Speaking to Top Gear magazine, quattro GmbH’s technical development chief Stefan Reil says Audi’s engineers have reached the limit of the size of the turbocharger and if they go beyond that limit it will affect the engine’s durability so it’s not worth taking the risk.
Let’s not forget that Audi did reveal a while back the A3 clubsport quattro concept which packed no less than 525 PS (386 kW) but for a production model it would require a larger turbocharger as well as a “lot of engineering”, according to Reil.
In other words, the most powerful RS3 model of this generation will pack 367 PS (270 kW) and 465 Nm (342 lb-ft) from the five-cylinder, 2.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine which will also find its way inside the Audi TT RS where it will likely be modified to have a different output.
If Audi will ever decide to launch an RS3 Plus model, the power boost will probably be minor so it should increase to around 380 PS and 480 NM or so, but it might not happen taking into account the development costs would not justify sales of what would be a niche model.
via Top Gear