Audi Drag: 2022 RS 3 vs. 1985 Sport Quattro S1

Audi Drag Race

Wonder how a modern performance-tuned Audi stacks up to one of its racing ancestors? Watch this video and find out!

The 1985 Audi Sport Quattro S1 is — to put it mildly — a wicked-fast piece of kit. After all, it was designed to compete in Group B, the most terrifying era of rally that ever existed. But since time waits for no person or car, the fact that it’s nearly four decades old can’t be overlooked. So it’s interesting to see how this purpose-built racing machine compares to one of its modern, street-legal ancestors — like the current Audi RS 3. And fortunately, thanks to our friends across the Pond at carwow, it doesn’t have to be a bench race.

In this video, host Mat Watson lines up Ingolstadt’s latest ferocious compact sedan with the venerable S1, which is being driven by an Audi factory driver. As fans of the Four Rings know, both cars are packing turbocharged five-cylinders under the hood. But here, the power advantage goes to the older thoroughbred, as the RS 3 is producing 400 horsepower to the S1’s 500 ponies. And that’s despite the fact that its modern mill is up on displacement — as it’s 2.5-liters as opposed to 2.1-liters. Just goes to show that when daily drivability isn’t taken into consideration? Output can shoot into the stratosphere.

Given it’s a street car, which has things like air conditioning, infotainment, other creature comforts, and legions of safety nannies, the RS 3 is also over 1,000 pounds heavier than the race car. That’s a serious delta to overcome, even if it’s sporting a lightning-quick seven speed dual-clutch transmission, as opposed to the S1’s old-school six speed. Honestly, even though it’s not directly applicable here — as the S1 was never for sale at a dealership — one phrase kept running through my head watching this video. And that’d be: “The last days of the old technology are better than the first days of the new technology.”

Hopefully, that little tidbit didn’t spoil the video, because it’s amazingly fun, and frankly, it makes me jealous of folks who get to experience the glory of old race cars. Seeing something like this is a reminder of just how unhinged the performance of these old warriors was, and how frighteningly different it was than the road-going vehicles of the time. So check out the clip, and if you’ve gotten to pull a Ken Block and hammer on some old racing cars? Hit me up and tell me about it!

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Fetch Yourself a Serious Performance Upgrade With the New Unitronic Dogbone Mount

UnitronicAudi RS3 or an Audi TT RS you are already a lucky dog. These fine performance machines wear the coveted RS badge. That means that they have been tested and tuned on the Nürburgring for maximum performance under extreme conditions. However, even extreme, hard-core sports cars have margin for improvement. The folks at Unitronic know this as well as anyone. They develop tunes and products for most Audi models including the extra special RS cars. The latest product to come out of Unitronic is their Dogbone Mount, also referred to as the Pendulum Mount. The Dogbone Mount will be compatible with the 2017 to 2020 RS3 and the 2017 to 2021 TT RS.

2019 Audi TT RSavailable now. It will set you back $499.99. Your racecar build will have to wait just a little bit longer. The red track oriented Dogbone Mount is expected to arrive in April 2022. Pricing for that one has yet to be announced. This is one of those upgrades that no one will ever see, but you will be able to feel it from behind the wheel. If you want to go fast you don’t want your car wheels to be jumping off the ground. This is a reasonable investment that will give your car that little extra edge on road or track.

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A Street-Legal KTM X-Bow is in Development

KTM X-Bow

The road-going KTM X-Bow will pack the same engine as the Audi RS3, and should deliver insane performance.

When I wrote about the latest version of the KTM X-Bow back in 2020, I called it a “top contender for the coolest car rocking Audi power.” And for what it’s worth? I stand by that. It’s a wicked-looking track weapon designed to deliver quick lap times and destroy the competition, and it’s been successful in race series around the world. There’s nothing “race car for the road” about this machine either, as it’s not street legal even — even on its home turf of Austria. But that’s about to change, as KTM is developing a road-going version. Have mercy.

Like the track-only version, the new KTM supercar will sport the same mill as Audi’s RS3, which Ingolstadt ships with 401 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Now, once the mad scientists at KTM got their hands on it, the little five-pot was stoked to deliver a whopping 600 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque in the track machines. Given all the emissions restrictions that street-legal cars are required to conform to, it’s unclear whether those sky-high numbers will be sustainable. But we do know that gear changes will be handled by KTM’s seven-speed direct-shift transmission, and that, unlike the Audi, the X-Bow will be rear-wheel drive.

KTM X-Bow

Of course, even if KTM doesn’t manage to get more poke out of Audi’s mill, performance will be spine-tingling. Because by any measure, the X-Bow is a featherweight, as it’s constructed from a Dallara-sourced, 176-pound carbon monocoque. Race versions tip the scales at around 2,300 pounds, so it’ll be interesting to see how close the company can get to that number after it adds all the necessary safety equipment required to register it. As you might expect, there’s little hope that X-Bow will be legal to drive on our shores…

Well, except that something similar has been available here before. Back in 2014, English company Radical unleased the RXC and RXC Turbo on well-heeled Americans. And while the power levels were more modest in comparison to the KTM’s, so was the weight — as the Brits delivered a street-legal version that weighed less than 2,000 pounds. And as insane as that sounds? I can assure you that the performance will blow your mind. Because I was once a passenger in a Radical powered by a Suzuki Hayabusa engine, and even though that was over a decade ago, nothing since has compared in the slightest. Hopefully, we’ll get some video of this baby in action soon!

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Video: An 800HP RS3 May Be the Perfect Audi

An 800HP RS3 May Be the Perfect Audi

With so much power on tap, even quattro has a hard time controlling wheelspin.

At first glance, it’s the quintessential Audi. It’s got quattro all-wheel drive. It’s got a turbocharged five-cylinder engine. Heck, it’s even finished in Nardo Grey. This RS3 is about as perfect as it gets – it’s handsome and understated, while offering all-weather performance in a comfortable, luxurious package.

Below the surface, though, things get even better. As YouTuber ThatDudeinBlue demonstrates, this Audi RS3 has more than enough power to embarrass significantly more exotic hardware. Thanks to that inline five-cylinder engine, it sounds great doing it, too.

An 800HP RS3 May Be the Perfect Audi

This RS3 was modified by Eurofed Automotive with an IMS850S upgrade kit from Iroz Motorsport. At the heart of that kit, you’ll find a massive XonaRotor 8264S turbocharger. With supporting modifications, this setup is good for over 800 horsepower, delivered to all four wheels through the magic of quattro all-wheel drive.

Big Power in a Small Package

Keep in mind that that kind of horsepower lives in one of Audi’s smallest cars. A stock RS3 weighs in at just under 3,600 pounds. That’s certainly no lightweight, but it’s far from the heaviest performance machine in Audi’s lineup. For comparison, it’s about 300 to 400 lbs. lighter than an RS4, give or take.

An 800HP RS3 May Be the Perfect Audi

As we can see in the video, this much horsepower is nothing short of brain-melting, even from where we’re sitting. That’s especially true given the sort of hard launches on display. The only two things in this world that launch that hard are all-wheel drive sports cars and the space shuttle.

With the amount of thrust this turbocharged five-cylinder engine is capable of, it might as well be the space shuttle. Regardless of its prodigious power output, though, it still looks stealthy and largely stock.

Call us biased, but to our eyes, Audi sedans – especially the S and RS models – are among the most handsomely-styled machines you can buy. Why mess with perfection?

Speaking of perfection, let’s talk about that sound. There is simply nothing else in the world that sounds like an Audi five-cylinder engine. This RS3 sounds so good, that we’d still be showering it with praise if it made half the horsepower it does now. It’s just that good.

Go ahead and call us fanboys. We won’t mind. Your browser is, after all, pointed to a website called AudiWorld. With that said, it’s vindicating to see ThatDudeinBlue – a YouTuber best known for his Mustang videos – fall head over heels for, as he calls it, “the most Audi Audi that you can buy right now.”

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