MTM builds 186mph Audi RS3

Engine upgrade boosts RS3 performance – but 200mph may not be far off

German Audi tuning specialist MTM has released its latest package for Audi’s brawny five-cylinder hot hatchback, the RS3.

Already one of the most powerful hatchbacks on the market, with 362bhp and once de-restricted, a 174mph top speed, MTM has released further potential from the 2.5-litre unit.

MTM’s tuning package tweaks the RS3’s electronic brain to liberate 429bhp between 5800-6800rpm and 446lb ft of torque from 1925-5750rpm, as well as disabling the 155mph speed limiter.

It’s abetted further by a freer-flowing cat-back stainless steel exhaust system, finished with a pair of oval chrome tailpipes. The modifications enable the RS3 to hit 186mph – tyre choice permitting, reaching 62mph in 3.9 seconds (down from 4.3sec) and 124mph in 14.1 seconds, with Audi’s seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission.

MTM’s demonstrator vehicle has subtle styling, but gives a nod to its extra performance with a set of 8.5x19in MTM Nardo alloy wheels, and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres. These shroud a set of 380mm MTM brake discs.

There’s also a subtle front spoiler in carbonfibre, a rear diffuser and wing mirror caps (also carbonfibre) and a carbonfibre engine cover will also soon be available. MTM performance suspensions subtly lowers the car.

The cost of all these changes isn’t cheap, adding 22,344 Euros (around £15,700) to the base price of an RS3 (currently £40,795). That does look better value however when comparing its performance to that of the new turbocharged Porsche 911 Carerra S, which pairs a 3.7-second 0-62mph time and 190mph top speed – each marginal improvements – for £85,857.

Few will cross-shop the two of course, but it’s illustrative of the levels of performance now available in the hot hatch sector. And it may not stop there – MTM CEO Roland Mayer says the company is developing versions with ‘further power and torque gains’.

That car is expected to make 500bhp or more – which could make MTM’s Audi RS3 a 200mph car.

Recommended

Cupra Leon VZ Cup revealed – but it’s a non-starter for UK customers
Cupra Leon VZ Cup – front quarter
Cupra Leon

Cupra Leon VZ Cup revealed – but it’s a non-starter for UK customers

The conservatively-styled Cupra Leon ia set gain some visual volume in new VZ Cup form
26 Jan 2022
Volkswagen Golf R review – has the hottest VW still got it?
evo Volkswagen Golf R PP – front cornering
Volkswagen Golf R

Volkswagen Golf R review – has the hottest VW still got it?

Undercooked and irritating in equal measure, the Mk8 Golf R’s execution is found wanting, and it’s a loss for the class
24 Jan 2022
Hyundai i30 N review – verdict, prices and rivals
Hyundai i30 N 22 – nose
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 N review – verdict, prices and rivals

Updated i30 N’s small tweaks yield big results, making this the hot hatch of the moment
19 Jan 2022
New high performance Volkswagen Golf teased
Golf teaser
Volkswagen Golf R

New high performance Volkswagen Golf teased

After a less than brilliant introduction to Golf’s performance range, will this be the Mk8’s redemption?
17 Jan 2022

Most Popular

Car pictures of the week
Maserati MC20
Maserati MC20 coupe

Car pictures of the week

In this week’s car pictures from issue 294, we look at the highlights from Jethro Bovingdon’s drive in the highly anticipated Maserati MC20
21 Jan 2022
Hot Aston Martin DBX to be the ‘most powerful luxury SUV’
Aston Martin DBX S
Aston Martin DBX

Hot Aston Martin DBX to be the ‘most powerful luxury SUV’

Aston’s high performance DBX to be revealed on Feb 1 and pack a whole lot more power
24 Jan 2022
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring 2022 review – pairing the magnificent 992 GT3 experience to a more subtle audience
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring eCoty – front tracking
Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche 911 GT3 Touring 2022 review – pairing the magnificent 992 GT3 experience to a more subtle audience

There are few, if any, more rewarding, engaging or intense experiences for those in pursuit of the thrill of driving
7 Jan 2022