Spy Photos of the Audi RS 3 at the Nürburgring

[gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="37246"] words: Bill, photos: Audi Club North America While photos of the new A3 and S3 testing have been seen, the new RS 3 has not (except for a mule based on the current body) until now. Our spy photographers shot the new RS 3 on the holiest grounds for a car nerd...the Nürburgring. [gallery link="none" columns="1" size="full" ids="37245"] The RS 3 will of course get wider fenders and a more aggressive front end. Set to debut in 2020, the new ...

ABT Boosts Audi RS 3 to 470 HP

[gallery link="file" columns="1" size="full" ids="30271"] source: ABT Sportsline Just 20 years ago, the S3 made its debut as the most powerful compact Audi boasting 210 hp (154 kW). Coming in one level above this, the RS3 was introduced eight years ago. The current generation with Otto particulate filters delivers an enormous 400 hp (294 kW), almost twice as much power but the ‘driving pleasureometer’ has still to reach its peak. ABT Sportsline presents the ABT Power S performance ...

Audi RS 3 Sportback Test Mule Spied

It may not be immediately obvious, but what you are looking at here is believed to be an early test mule of the next-generation all-new RS 3 Sportback. Likely this is about the time you point out to us that the car in question is a current-generation RS 3 Sportback. Yes, that's true. But it's also not. At this stage in the game, it's not like we haven't seen next-generation A3 and S3 test mules. We most certainly have, covered with disguises and cladding but clearly hinting at the expected...

Two Raffles, Two Winners, 6005 Tickets Sold, One Exhausted National Office…Some Stats For The 2018 Audi Club North America Raffle

Two raffles, two winners, 6005 tickets sold, one exhausted National office... Audi Club North America would like to thank you all for a successful 2018 raffle! This year, we decided to raffle off two vehicles instead of one - a 2019 S5 Sportback premium plus and a RS 3 sedan. In the past, we normally sold around 3,500 tickets but this year, you helped us sell 6,005 tickets! The breakdown of the sales: S5 Sportback premium plus- 2,740 RS 3 sedan- 3,265 It was a lot closer than we ...

Find of the Day: Audi RS 3 4×4 Tarmac Stage Rally Car

words: Bill Cho, photos: Motorsport Auctions For most of our Find of the Day segments, we highlight vehicles that we don't get in the States or are an interesting specimen. I think this counts as both. When I 1st saw this RS 3, I thought it was just a replica with big a## lights and a wing on the back but then I saw pics of the interior. Is this a real tarmac stage rally car?  I mean, I wouldn't know a real one if it was parked in my garage but it looks real. There are no ...

AWE Releases New Exhaust Suite For The Audi 8V RS 3

AWE announced today the release of their new exhaust suite for the Audi 8V RS 3. “Our engineering team went to town on the RS3, ensuring that there was a system that was both elegant in its construction, simple to install, priced right and innovative in its use of valves. The five-cylinder can be taken from calm to crazy on the SwitchPath™, while the Track Edition is ready to rumble 24/7. The tips are also worth noting - these are bespoke RS-style pieces, just large enough to call the...

The APR RS 3 Front Mount Intercooler System (FMIC)

[source: APR LLC] The APR Intercooler System is a massive front mounted upgrade that dramatically reduces intake air temperature (IAT), minimizes heat soak, and provides increased performance! The system is an easy to install, direct bolt-on design, that is recommended at every stage of performance. Quick Facts: Dramatically lowers intake air temp (IAT) - Increases HP while minimizing power-robbing heat soak! Dynoed 26 AWHP over to the factory system (STG 1 93)! Effective cooli...

“Edelweiss” With 500 HP And The NEW 20-Inch GR Rims: The ABT Audi RS 3 Sportback

[source: ABT Sportsline] The edelweiss is probably the most famous Alpine flower. It is said to have many positive properties – even as an anti-aging remedy. But this strictly protected white plant is not the only fountain of youth to be found in Bavaria: ABT Sportsline, for example, offers its interpretation of the Audi RS 3 – and there is no law against picking this precious flower from the company lot, as long as the purchase price has been paid. Just pretty and white?...

APR Tuned RS 3 Runs Deeper into the 9s with a New Record

[source: APR] APR has raised the bar once again, resulting in a new record for the 2.5 TFSI EVO platform. An exciting 9.722 second quarter mile elapsed time was achieved at Montgomery Raceway Park on July 16th, 2018 and backed up with five 9.7 second passes. Many may recall this is same vehicle that was the first RS3 into the 9’s, owned by Keith Brantley. Results were achieved using a new hybrid turbocharger and various upcoming APR hardware modifications on an unopened stock engine lo...

Power Like A Jetpack – The New ABT Audi RS3 Sedan With 500 HP

[source: ABT Sportsline] The normal version of the Audi RS3 sedan offers a boot capacity of 315 liters and 400 HP (294 kW) – both can be increased significantly: the luggage compartment by folding down the rear seats, the horsepower by paying a visit to ABT Sportsline. At the maximum "escalation stage" ABT Power R, a whopping 500 HP (368 kW) and 570 Nm are ready to launch. With this power, the sporty notchback can reach up to 186 mph and rockets from 0 to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds. ...

Ninth Victory In A Row: Audi 2.5 TFSI Engine Named “Engine of the Year” Once Again

[source: Audi AG] Five-cylinder continues winning streak in its displacement class Most powerful series-production five-cylinder featuring 294 kW (400 hp) and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) of torque Head of Technical Development Oliver Hoffmann: “Icon of the Audi brand” Audi continues its winning streak at the “International Engine of the Year Awards”: For the ninth time in a row, the jury selected the brand’s 2.5 TFSI as the best engine in the 2 to 2.5-liter catego...

Schaeffler Builds 1200 hp Electric quattro RS 3 LMS Because They Can

What do you do if you're an OE supplier and development partner to both Audi Sport's Formula E squad and also Audi itself and you want to show off your electrical drivetrain chops? Well, if you're Schaeffler you take a usually front-wheel drive RS 3 LMS chassis and bolt in no less than four Formula E electric motors with one at each wheel. The net result is 1200 hp, and what Scheffler calls the 4ePerformance concept. To those counting, 4x Formula E electric motors add up to about 1200...

Video of the Day: Keith Brantley’s APR Tuned RS 3 Runs 9s in the Quarter Mile

[video: APR] The current gen RS 3 has been the darling of the automotive world since it was released and now it's the darling of the drag strip. Keith Brantley has an impressive list of mods on his APR Tuned 2018 Audi exclusive Orange Pearl Effect V3 RS 3: APR ECU & TCU Upgrades with E85 TTE625 Drop-in Stock-Housing Turbo Intake System Straight-Pipe / Dump Tube Exhaust System Intercooler System Fueling System 18x8.5 Wheels 245x40R18 Hoosier Drag Radials Seats Removed On M...

Audi exclusive RS 3 in #2D8 Green

  We're not 100% sure this is the color code #2D8  known simply as "Green" on the standard Audi exclusive color chart, but there's really nothing else like it in the "standard" offering from Audi's in-house tailoring department. What we are 100% sure of is that Audi UK's PR photography is on point in choosing such a special build for a photo shoot. To our eye, this is the exact same green Audi of America put on five of its Color.Storm mix of S3s run in the pre-facelift genera...

Compact Class with Racing Sport DNA: ABT Audi RS3 Parts Now Available

source: ABT America A high level of performance always goes well with a striking presentation. ABT, the market leader for upgrading cars from Audi and VW is complementing the Audi RS3 Sedan and Sportback with a number of additional aerodynamic elements and interior finishing upgrades to really make it stand out. A front lip and front grille add-on as well as a rear skirt insert -- all painted glossy black and highlighted with a red RS3 logo – are offering a daring look while th...

Event Report: Waterfest 2017 + Photo Gallery

words & photos: George Achorn Editor’s Note: With the news that Waterfest has found a new home at Atco Dragway in southern New Jersey, we thought we would rerun this article. This story originally ran in the Fall 2017 issue of the Audi Club North America quattro quarterly print magazine. If you don’t receive quattro quarterly and wish to subscribe, join the Audi Club North America HERE. America’s largest Audi and Volkswagen tuning event continues to throw an incredible s...

Audi exclusive Graphite Blue RS 3 at Audi Fort Collins

We're always fans of tailored builds from the catalogue of Audi exclusive, even moreso though when the person choosing the car's final spec goes with something both familiar and yet not terribly common. Such a move, as seen here on this Graphite Blue RS 3 at Audi Fort Collins, tends to give a fresh look to both a familiar a car a perhaps familiar paint color should you also be a Porsche fan. Of course, the RS 3 needs no introduction. Audi's A3 sedan fitted with the brand's best sporting k...

H&R Sport Sway Bars for Audi RS 3

source: H&R Springs Get tighter! Upgrade your RS 3 with H&R Sport Sway Bars for tighter turn in and reduced body roll. H&R Sport Sway Bars keeps your tires connected to the road without sacrificing ride quality. H&R Sport Sway Bar Kit (part #: 72810) for the RS 3 is sized 27mm front and 25mm rear for a perfect balance of tight handling and control. The front bar is double adjustable to fine tune to your driving style. H&R designs and manufactures the highest qu...

Tequila Sunrise: H&R’s Audi exclusive RS 3 Sedan

By: Aaron Plante, photos: H&R and George Achorn Editor’s Note: This story originally ran in the Winter 2018 issue of the Audi Club North America quattro quarterly print magazine. If you don’t receive quattro quarterly and wish to subscribe, join the Audi Club North America HERE. The RS 3 has finally risen on the U.S. market and as tuners take delivery, there is no sunset in sight for what can be done to Audi’s new-to-US Sport model…including H&R’s ostentatiously orange Au...

Awards for Audi Since December 2017

source: Audi Ingolstadt - “Best Cars 2018”: Audi A5 Sportback best midsize model The Audi A5 Sportback (fuel consumption combined in l/100 km: 6.5 - 4.1*; CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 149 - 106*) won the “Midsize” category in the 42nd “Best Cars” readers survey conducted by the trade journal auto motor und sport. The five-door coupé topped its segment with the majority of votes. The prize was accepted by Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management for Technical D...