VIDEO: APR-tuned Audi RS3 with 600 hp runs nine-second quarter-mile

Anyone who knows of the Audi RS3 knows that it’s not a slow car. Despite its compact sedan body style and relatively subdued looks, the RS3 Sedan is an absolute rocket right from the factory. Using a 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 3.7 seconds, which was exclusively supercar territory just a few years ago. So it’s properly quick. Apparently, though, the good folks at APR felt otherwise.

APR is one of the biggest tuners of Volkswagens and Audis in the US and it’s just rolled out some new prototype parts for the RS3 that are soon going to be on sale soon. Those parts include a new ECU, intake, intercooler, fuel system and bigger turbocharger, the latter being a TTE625 unit that fits to the original mounting points. It also gets a new straight-pipe exhaust and this specific car has new 18″ wheels with Hoosier drag radial tires.

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All of that combines to make 600 hp, which allows this all-wheel drive weapon to hit 60 mph in an astonishing 2.44 seconds. That’s faster than a Bugatti Chiron, Tesla Model S P100D and Ferrari LaFerrari. Which is simply ridiculous.

To test this monstrous RS3, though, APR took its Audi RS3 to the drag strip, where it ran eight different quarter-mile heats. The best part? Not a single on was slower than 9.9 seconds. The fastest? 9.83. That’s right, a little Audi RS3 sedan is capable of a sub 10-second quarter-mile time. That’s just unreal and what’s even more impressive is the consistency. It was able to run eight heats of under 10 seconds, consistently, without issue. That sort of mechanical competence and consistency is typically only seen in cars like the aforementioned Chiron and Porsche 911 Turbo. But in a $50,000 sedan with some aftermarket tunes? That shows the quality of the tune and the incredibly durability of Audi’s 2.5 liter five-pot, double-clutch gearbox and all-wheel drive system.

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So if you want an absolute hypercar-destroying car for a fraction of the price, buy an Audi RS3 and take it to APR.

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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.