400+ horsepower compact.
A 340 horsepower, turbocharged five-cylinder engine in a compact car is absolutely nutty. Crank that number up to 400 horses and over and you have yourself an insane performer. The folks at Sportec AG may border on the crazy side as they have just unveiled their new Audi RS3 tuning program that is capable of producing over 500 horsepower.
The Swiss tuner has managed to squeeze quite a bit of power from the potent 2.5-liter turbo engine in the RS3. Two different full-on Audi RS3 tuning programs are available with power outputs ranging from 408 hp and 406 lb-ft. of torque to over 500 hp. Both of the options utilize Sportec ECU upgrades, stainless steel exhaust system, and other upgrades to tap into the 2.5’s hidden potential.
In terms of drivability, Sportec installed a few chassis upgrades to make the compact even more of a canyon carver. A complete Bilstein coilover suspension was fitted and offers drivers the ability to adjust hardness and height from 20-40 mm. New lightweight, ten-spoke, 20-inch monoblock wheels were fitted with performance tires and come to a halt thanks to a Sportec modified MOVIT big brake system. The Audi RS3 tuning program also boasts a Sportec Haldex all-wheel drive upgrade. The upgrade allows drivers to alter the way the all-wheel drive system performs with the push of a button.
The Sportec Audi RS3 tuning program is currently available from the Swiss tuning company. The 500 horsepower version is only available as an export. Pricing has not been released.
Sportec Audi RS3 Tuning Specifications
Displacement: 2.5 liters
Number of Cylinders: Inline-five
Maximum Horsepower: 408 (500 in export form)
Maximum Torque: 406 lb-ft. (550 Nm)
-Stainless steel sport exhaust
Type: Seven-speed S Tronic
-Sportec Haldex all-wheel drive upgrade
Wheels, Suspension, Brakes:
Wheels: 20-inch lightweight monoblock, 10-spoke
Suspension: Bilstein adjustable coilovers
Brakes: Sportec modified MOVIT big brake system on front and rear axle
Sportec Audi RS3 Tuning Gallery
[Source: Sportec AG]
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