The current-gen Audi RS3 is an awesome car right out of the box. It packs a helluva punch, thanks to a 2.5 liter turbocharged I5 making 400 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. So it can sprint to 60 mph in less than four seconds, making it among the fastest hatchbacks in the world. But what if you wanted more? With a little tuning, you can have a lot more.
This new video shows off a tuned Audi RS3 Sportback that’s said to make a whopping 520 horsepower, which is first-gen Audi R8 V10 power. It also has an OPF filter delete and a Milltek exhaust, so it sounds positively demonic.
If the standard car with just 400 horsepower can sprint to 60 mph in 3.7/3.8 seconds, then a 520 horsepower version has to be pushing the low three-second range. Even though the Audi RS3 uses a Haldex all-wheel drive system, rather than proper Quattro, it still has immense launching grip. So if you tune your RS3 to have this much power, you’re going to be a king of stop-light drag races.
Additionally, Audi’s 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder has become famous for making some of the best stock engine noises on the planet. By taking off the Euro OPF exhaust filter, you’re already waking up some of the engine’s natural noises. But by also adding a Milltek exhaust, you’re really allowing the little five-pot to roar. And roar it does, as it sounds absolutely killer in this video.
The Audi RS3 Sportback might not be the most exciting, the most expensive or the flashiest car in the world, nor is it the highest performing. However, with a little tuning, you can have a car that’s supercar-fast but with the same practicality and usability as an A3 hatchback. That might not sound too appealing who want a sexy, standout sports car but to us, this RS3 is rad.