2022 Audi RS3 Sportback by ABT Sportsline

With a power bump pushing the output to over 450 horses, the Audi RS3 also enters the "300 Club!"

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Announced in 2021, the third generation of the Audi RS 3 Sportback brought considerably improved performance, on both road and track.

But, no matter how many improvements the new RS3 is offering, under the hood, things remained pretty much unchanged: output went from 367 horsepower to 394 horsepower. But, for people that want even more than that, ABT Sportsline has the answer.

What changes are offered under the hood?

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The third-generation RS3 is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five engine that delivers a total of 394 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph (250 km/h). These numbers are, of course, impressive numbers for a small hatch, but, they can always be improved, right?

ABT updated the five-cylinder engine with its legendary high-tech Engine Control software. It has been "specially adapted to the vehicle" and "tested on the road and on the test bench in countless hours of work."

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This software increased the final output to a whopping 460 horsepower!

This is not the only good news. The ABT RS3 now only needs 3.6 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph - down 0.2 seconds. But, the biggest news is that the RS3 can even become a member of the "Club 300." This means, that ABT can remove the speed limiter and allow your RS3 to hit a top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph).

Are there any other changes?

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This time ABT focused its work especially on the mechanical section. However, the tuner announced that more aesthetic changes should arrive in the near future, so stay tuned!

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