ABT Power Performance Upgrade Gives Audi RS 3 Supercar-like Acceleration

ABT Power Performance Upgrade
With ABT Sportsline’s new ECU update, the Audi RS 3 Sportback boasts 454hp and can accelerate from 0 to 62 MPH in just 3.6 seconds.

ABT Sportsline is responsible for bringing us many high-performance Audi models. The prolific Audi tuner has been on a hiatus for a while. In October 2020, the Kempten Kempten-based tuning company unveiled a high octane version of Audi’s RS Q8 SUV capable of taking on the likes of Lamborghini Urus. ABT Sportsline is back with an exciting reproduction of the Audi RS 3 Sportback. This one comes complete with the ABT Power performance upgrade.

With ABT’s latest performance package, the Audi RS 3 can shame even the most thoroughbred Italian supercars. A new Engine Control Unit update helps ABT Sportline increase the power output of the RS 3 to 454 HP. This is a significant increase over the 394 HP power output of the turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder motor that propels the standard RS 3.

The engine hooks up to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The dual-clutch gearbox sends power to all four corners via Audi’s proprietary quattro all-wheel-drive system. The ABT Power performance upgrade also helps this RS 3 hit the 62 MPH mark from a complete standstill in just 3.6 seconds which is 0.2 seconds faster than the standard car.

ABT Power Performance Upgrade Gives Audi RS 3 Supercar-like Acceleration

So far, we do not have any information regarding the ABT Power performance upgrade’s pricing.

As a result, ABT Sportsline’s RS 3 Sportback can make the 0to 62 MPH run 0.5 seconds faster than the legendary Ferrari Enzo supercar. The German tuning company also offers customers the opportunity to join the exclusive “Club 300”. Therefore, ABT Sportsline will increase the top speed of the RS 3 Sportback to 186 MPH (300 kph) on request. In addition to the increase in power, the car here also gets new entrance lights.

ABT Sportsline’s Managing Partner Hans-Jürgen Abt shared his thoughts on the tuner’s new package. “The software has been specially adapted to the vehicle by our experienced team and tested on the road and on the test bench in countless hours of work,” explains Hans-Jürgen Abt. He further adds, “A comprehensive package of engine protection measures and warranty services ensures driving pleasure without remorse.”

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Epic Track Battle Pits the Audi RS 3 Limousine Against the BMW M240i xDrive

Audi RS3 Hockenheim

The feral 2022 Audi RS 3 takes down the BMW M240i xDrive in a close fight at the Hockenheimring!

Back for 2022, the Audi RS 3 wasted no time picking fights. Earlier it took down a Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy-R at the Nurburgring. This time Sport Auto initiated the showdown against the BMW M240i xDrive at the Hockenheimring. Why not the BMW M2 CS  you ask? Simple – the M2 outguns the RS 3 in horsepower and cost $40,000 more.

On paper, the M240i is a close match. Closer in price with similar specs, both cars come with turbocharged engines and all-wheel drive. According to the numbers gathered by Fastestlaps, performance specs are evenly matched. Both cars hurl themselves to 60 mph in under four seconds, with the RS 3 narrowly beating the M240i. Neck and neck at the quarter-mile, the RS 3 pulls away from the M240i above 120 mph. Handling is where it gets tricky for the Audi. The RS3 is two seconds slower on the slalom and takes longer to stop.

2022 Audi RS 3

While the Hockenheimring is the lesser-known sister to the Nurburgring, it’s a better course to test acceleration, braking, and handling. 16 of the corners bend 90 degrees or more, with a hairpin thrown in for good measure. Turns 12 thru 16 happen in rapid succession, keeping a good car off balance and putting a bad car into the weeds. Sebastian Vettel set a record lap of 1.11.21 in a Ferrari F1 car. Cars like the Audi R8 V10 Performance or Mercedes AMG GT manage a lap in 1.53. The Audi RS 3 and BMW M240i xDrive both did it in a shade over two minutes, with the RS 3 eeking out the win by a tenth of a second.

2022 Audi RS 3

That two terriers are within seven seconds of the big dogs is impressive. But it’s not all about how fast you go, but how you go fast. Racing is about numbers, but driving is about the experience. For the longest time, BMW held that mantle. The E46 3-series exemplifies this credo, alive with great handling and incredible inline-6 engines. But BMW lost the plot when the company intentionally gave up that edge to generate more sales from people who wanted a prestigious Pontiac.

Thankfully, Audi picked up that mantle. While the BMW looks smoother going around the track, it also seems clinical. Turbocharging muted the inline-6 and the whole experience looks no different than a fast lap at the helm of Gran-Turismo 7. But the Audi is feral. Part of that ferociousness comes from the growl of the inline-5 cylinder engine. But an equal part is from the homework Audi did to sharpen the chassis and improve the differential, which includes torque-vectoring and a drift mode. The RS 3 doesn’t attack corners in the video, it eats them. A tenth of a second is barely worth mentioning. Run it again and the M240i might beat the RS 3 with the fastest time. But it will never beat the RS 3 on the fun-to-drive factor.

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Mark Webb is fascinated by anything automotive and particularly loves cars that are unusual or have a good story. He’s owned a variety of cars from 60’s muscle, Japanese imports, and oddities like a VW Thing and Porsche 924. After 20 years in the automotive and tech industries, he’s a walking encyclopedia of car info and is always on the lookout for his next project or a good road trip.

2022 Audi RS3 Dominates RS6 Avant in Drag Race

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Youtuber and professional racing driver Archie Hamilton’s 2022 Audi RS3 drag races a 591 HP RS6 Avant and the results are surprising, to say the least.

Even though it is quickly adopting electrification, the Ingolstadt brand still offers many exciting IC models. In one of his recent videos, professional racing driver Archie Hamilton drag races an Audi RS6 Avant in his all-new 2022 Audi RS3. In the video available on his official YouTube channel, Hamilton describes the track condition as slippery, making the drag race all the more enjoyable. It demonstrates how well Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system can perform.

Except for its aggressive body kit and Vossen rims, the Audi RS6 seen in the video is mostly stock. It’s worth noting that with these add-ons, the RS6 is now much heavier than the standard car. Furthermore, Hamilton’s 2022 RS3, which has only covered 280 miles, retains its stock setup. The 2.5-liter TFSI five-cylinder motor in the new RS3 only produces 394 HP of power and 354 lb-ft of torque.

The power difference should give the RS6 a competitive edge in this drag race. The powerplant of an RS6 produces 591 horsepower and 590 LB ft of torque in its factory tune. The wagon only takes 3.5 seconds to hit the 60 MPH mark, whereas the saloon needs 3.9 seconds to make the same run.

2022 Audi RS3 Dominates RS6 Avant in Drag Race

Hamilton reckons that his sporty 2022 Audi RS3 sedan might outrun the RS6 with its new launch control.

“We are on a damp day, and on the launch, it (RS3) goes straight on the RS6, and that was just interesting, and then the RS6 is catching you, but this is no joke. This (RS3) is no joke, this is half the money, well it’s not is it with the overs, but at least it’s half the money,” explains Hamilton.

Surprisingly enough, the RS3 won the first race even though Hamilton missed a gear. The sedan also won the next two races, which only shows that it’s time for Audi to give RS6 more power. What is staggering is that the RS3 also pulled away from the Super wagon during the final rolling race, which was unexpected.

“I’m completely lost for words, I think, that has just been one of, we’ve done a lot of drag races here, a lot, and sometimes, one just throws a complete surprise at you, and that is that’s got to be the biggest generally the biggest,” said Hamilton.

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Audi S3 MTM Clubsport Dominates the Alps With 480 HP Powerplant

Audi S3 MTMWith Motoren Technik Mayer’s Stage 4 kit, the powerplant of this Audi S3 MTM Clubsport churns out 480 horsepower.

When it comes to high-performance machines, we can always count on Auditography to bring us some exciting rides. In November 2021, the YouTube channel featured one of the most faithful replicas of the legendary Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2. Audiography’s now offering an in-depth look at a 480 HP Audi S3 tuned by German outfit Motoren Technik Mayer in its most recent video. The tuner’s new offering is called Audi S3 MTM Clubsport.

Motoren Technik Mayer offers four tuning packages for the 2022 model year Audi S3. Unlike the five-cylinder RS3, the 2022 Audi S3 gets a Turbocharged four-cylinder motor that produces 306 HP of power and 295 lb-ft of peak torque. With its Stage 1 kit, the company can bump the power of the TFSI motor up to 360 HP.

It’s with the top-of-the-line Stage 4 kit that the 2.0-liter powerplant churns out 480 HP of maximum power. MTM uses custom downpipes, air intakes, and M-Cantronic software for additional performance. A more powerful turbocharger setup completes the ensemble.

Audi S3 MTM

The super hatch flaunts a vibrant Python Yellow paint job offset by green MTM decals.

As a result, the Audi S3 MKM Club Sport only takes 3.2 seconds to accelerate from a complete standstill to 62 MPH. A 7-speed S-tronic gearbox sends power to all four corners. Thanks to its AWD setup, we get to see the car drive over the snowy roads of the Austrian Alps with ease.

Shots of beautiful icy landscapes greet us throughout the video as the brand new hot hatch dominates the Austrian alps. The S3 Sportback MTM Club Sport rides on a set of MTM Bimoto 19-inch wheels which flaunt a black finish. The tuning house also updates the bodywork of the super hatch.

A prominent carbon fiber spoiler dominates the front end, and at the rear, we find a large wing which is also a carbon fiber component. The hatchback also ditches its stock seats for a set of Recaro Podium seats. MTM also managed to fit in a roll cage with more space available inside the cabin.

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2022 Audi RS3 Can Allegedly Hit the 62 MPH in 3.1 Seconds

2022 Audi RS3 Can Allegedly Hit the 62 MPH in 3.1 Seconds

We join Auditography for another exciting video where the all-new 2022 Audi RS3 drifts around the Austrian Alps sporting a menacing Mythos Black paint job.

Like us, Auditography also has a soft spot for sporty offerings from the Ingolstadt brand. The YouTube channel’s latest video features an all-black 2022 Audi RS3 sedan, which dances around the winding roads of the Austrian Alps. We recently discussed another Auditography video that featured an Audi S3 equipped with Motoren Technik Mayer’s Stage 3 tuning kit.

Unlike the 2-liter four-cylinder engine of the German tuner’s super hatch, a stock albeit much larger 2.5-liter five-cylinder powerplant sits under the hood of the 2022 Audi RS3 sedan. The motor produces 401 HP of maximum power and 360 lb-ft of peak torque courtesy of its turbocharger setup. It’s between 5600 and 7000 RPM that one gets to truly experience the incredible power of this RS3’s TFSI engine.

The RS3 didn’t receive an update for the 2021 model year. In comparison to the previous model, the powerplant of the new model only produces one horsepower more than its predecessor. A 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox redirects the power to all four wheels.

2022 Audi RS3 Can Allegedly Hit the 62 MPH in 3.1 Seconds

Auditography claims that the 2022 Audi RS3 hit the 62 MPH mark in just 3.1 seconds during their testing.

According to Audi, its sporty new limousine can accelerate to 62 MPH from a complete standstill in just 3.8 seconds and achieve a top speed of 180 MPH. Throughout the video, we are also greeted by cinematic shots of the RS3 sliding through the Winter Wonderland of the Austrian Alps.

We also get to cherish the intoxicating exhaust note of the sports sedan’s new active exhaust. Audi plans to become an electric-only brand by 2033 and will soon phase out its internal combustion powertrains, making videos like these all the more special. The Darth Vader of Audi’s product portfolio dominates the snowy terrains with ease thanks to its Quattro all-wheel-drive setup.

Audi offers the 2022 RS3 with a set of 19-inch alloy wheels. The car seen in the video rides on winter tires and sports Audi’s rich Mythos black paint option. In its murdered out garb, the Audi RS3 looks genuinely menacing. The all-black color scheme also extends to the interiors of this RS3.

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