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ABT’s Audi RS3 Sportback Is A 500PS Monster-Hatch 18
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in ABT, audi, audi rs3, tuning on 01 18th, 2018

ABT Sportsline believes that the stock Audi RS3 Sportback, with its 400PS (395hp) 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbocharged engine, needs some improvement.
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Is The Mercedes-AMG A45 A Match For Audi’s RS3 Sedan? 13
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, audi, audi rs3, Audi Videos, Drag-Racing, Film, mercedes, Mercedes A45 AMG, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes Videos, video on 01 13th, 2018

Two of the hottest compact cars on sale today, the Mercedes-AMG A45 and Audi RS3 Sedan, were taken to the track to settle their differences.

The setting is the Rock Raceway circuit in South Africa, with its 300m (984ft) long straight being more than enough to prove which of the two is faster.

Mercedes-AMG’s A45 hot hatch is slightly less powerful than its Audi rival. It has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers 381PS (376hp) and 475Nm (350lb-ft) of torque, taking 4.2sec to sprint from rest to 100km/h (62mph), and toping out at 250km/h (155mph).

On the other hand, the Audi RS3 Sedan makes use of a 2.5-liter five-cylinder rated at 400PS (394hp) and 480Nm (354lb-ft) of torque. Naught to 100km/h (62mph) takes 4.1sec, and top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h (155mph).

There’s another aspect worth mentioning, and that’s the A45’s weight advantage, but is this enough to make up for the power deficit compared to the RS3? Just click on the video below and find out.


David Vs. Goliath: Audi RS3 Sedan Dares To Take On The R8 V10 Spyder 10
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi R8, audi rs3, Audi Videos, Drag-Racing, Film, video on 01 10th, 2018

The Audi RS3 Sedan, no matter how competent it might be, couldn’t possibly stand a chance against a genuine supercar like the R8 V10 Spyder in a drag race, right?

On paper, the R8 has a huge advantage, thanks to its 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 that delivers 540hp and 398lb-ft (540Nm) of torque to the ground.

The official 0-60mph (96km/h) sprint time is just 3.5 seconds, which is very impressive for the open-top version of Audi’s supercar, and flat out it will eventually reach 198mph (319km/h).

The brand’s challenger to the likes of the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 and BMW M2, the RS3 Sedan, uses a 2.5-liter TFSI engine that makes 394hp and 354lb-ft (480Nm) of torque. That’s enough to propel it from zero to 60mph (96km/h) in 3.9sec and up to a top speed of 174mph (280km/h) with the optional Dynamic Plus package.

Of course, there’s also a huge price gap between the two, as the RS3 Sedan can be had from $54,900 in the US, the R8 Spyder comes at a cool $177,100.

Specs and price lists aside, the question is: does the RS3 have a fighting chance against the R8? Scroll down and watch the video to find out.


Dear Santa, We’d Like This Bespoke Audi RS3 For Christmas 23
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, audi rs3, tuning on 12 23rd, 2017

The new Audi RS3 Sedan is an absolute animal and thanks to German interior master Neidfaktor, has been turned into something that will be high on our Santa’s Christmas wish list.

When it comes to interiors, Audi is one of the leaders in the premium car segment, but that doesn’t mean things can’t be improved, as evidenced by this RS3.

To make things a little more sumptuous, Neidfaktor has installed a new Alcantara-clad dashboard that incorporates bright red stitching and accents, including on the air vents. Further custom touches include new black leather, Alcantara, and red stitching on the steering wheel, relatively small changes that have a big impact on the interior and make the performance sedan all the more luxurious.

Audi unveiled the RS3 Sedan in September last year. In the U.S., the car is powered by a 2.5-liter TFSI five-cylinder engine delivering 394 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque, resulting in a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) sprint of just 3.9 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).


FC Barcelona Players Awarded A Fleet Of Audis 1
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, Audi Q7, Audi R8, audi rs3, Audi RS6, Audi SQ7, celebrities on 12 1st, 2017

Real Madrid players won’t be the only footballers cruising around in new Audis for the next 12 months, as rivals FC Barcelona have received exactly the same perk thanks to the German automaker’s sponsorship deal with the team.

Just like the stars of Real Madrid, those from FC Barcelona were allowed to choose a car from Audi’s expansive fleet of vehicles. Unsurprisingly, no less than 11 of the 25 players have opted for the Audi Q7, a couple of which selected the Q7 e-Tron Quattro while Andres Iniesta went for the SQ7 TDI.

Three of the squad’s stars, Gerard Pique, Luis Suarez, and Lionel Messi will be driving around in Audi RS6 Avant Performance models throughout 2018. Joining the Audi Sport family at FC Barcelona are five RS3 Sportbacks, a R8 V10 Plus Coupe, and a R8 V10 Spyder.

In a scene strikingly similar to the handover event for Real Madrid, FC Barcelona players were also exposed to the carmaker’s motorsport prowess. While those from Real Madrid jumped into a Formula E simulator, their cross-country rivals went for passenger laps in the Audi R8 LMS and Audi RS3 LMS.


ABT Announces World Premiers For 2017 Essen Motor Show 30
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in ABT, audi, audi rs3, Audi SQ7, ESSEN Show, Galleries, tuning, VW, VW Golf R on 11 30th, 2017

With this year’s Essen Motor Show about to have its preview day on Friday, December 1st, ABT Sportsline has prepared a few treats for all car enthusiasts to enjoy.

Not only will they be presenting a 500 PS RS3, but a ‘1 of 10’ SQ7 SUV will also be on deck, as will the tuner’s Golf VII R, boasting 400 PS of its own.

Furthermore, the ABT Power Monitor, which provides a live overview of the power boost, among many other features, is also making its world premiere at Germany’s largest annual vehicle exhibition, now having its 50th anniversary.

Now let’s talking about the cars. With the RS3, the tuning package costs €16,900 ($20k), and the price for the complete vehicle is €74,390 ($88,500). All that money gets you a 500 PS (493 HP) engine, custom springs, anti-roll bars, brake upgrade kit and a special damper setup.

Not only does ABT’s RS3 supposedly ride and handle great, it also sounds more aggressive thanks to the tuner’s exhaust system, featuring two 102 mm (4 in) double pipes painted matte black. As for its aesthetics, ABT added a front skirt add-on, a grille add-on, a rear skirt set and quite a few touches to the interior as well.

Moving on to the ABT Vossen SQ7 ‘1 of 10’, this project came to life when the two aftermarket companies joined forces to create a very limited edition Audi SUV. It comes with 520 PS (512 HP) and 970 Nm (715 lb-ft) of torque, and can also sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.6 seconds.

When it’s not busy doing things in a straight line, the ABT Vossen SQ7 will gladly show off its wide body package consisting of a front skirt, fender extensions, door strip attachments and a rear skirt add-on with carbon pipes. Also available are the rear wing and fender inserts, while additional carbon fiber bits can be found on the grille, front lip and even on the doors. Inside, there’s plenty of carbon fiber, a “1/10” badge on the dashboard and door sills, and seats that have been bolstered by Alcantara inlays and ABT logos.

Now, what Vossen did to the SQ7 was to add split five-spoke 10×22″ wheels, polished with a brushed face in ‘Stealth Grey’. As for the price, the package costs €54,900 ($65,300), and the complete vehicle is €147,790 ($175,858). Oh and the Night Blue matte metallic wrap is another €4,690 ($5,580) on top of everything else.

Finally, we have the least powerful car here, which is the 400 PS (394 HP) ABT Golf VII R, also putting down a hefty 500 Nm (368 lb-ft) of torque. Thanks to ABT’s optional sprints, the car has been lowered by 20 mm (0.7 in) at the front and 25 mm (0.9 in) at the rear, although if you get the tuner’s height-adjustable suspension kit, you can lower the front axle by as much as 40 mm (1.57 in), and the rear by 45 mm (1.77 in).

Other mods include a custom rear muffler with 102 mm (4 in) outlets, custom alloys, side skirts and a tailgate add-on.


ABT Vossen SQ7 ‘1 of 10’


Audi’s Holiday Parking Lot Ad Takes Subtle Swipe At Mercedes 17
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, audi rs3, Audi RS7, Audi Videos, commercials, Funny, mercedes, video on 11 17th, 2017

It looks like Audi just couldn’t help themselves from taking another shot at Mercedes-Benz owners in their latest ad for the holidays, titled “Parking Lot.”

The ad itself is pretty fun, fast-paced and realistic, in the sense that trying to find a spot at a shopping mall during holiday season can be an even bigger nightmare than what’s being portrayed here.

Starring in the commercial are two RS-powered Audis, specifically an RS3 sedan and an RS7. Safe to say, there’s not a lot of room to put any significant power down inside a parking garage.

Yet, that’s exactly what the guys behind the wheel did, while trying to find a spot and get their shopping on. Eventually, their mood goes from calm, to stressed out, and in the end, quite desperate.

As for what Audi thinks of Mercedes-Benz owners, midway through the commercial you can see a confused elderly man trying to find his car by pressing the buttons on his key. Then, behind him, you’ll see the trunk open on a Mercedes-Benz saloon, a bit out of focus.

The look of astonishment on the Audi driver’s face is pretty priceless though.


ABT Sportline Audi RS3 Headed To Essen With 460 HP 9
Posted by Michael Gauthier in ABT, audi, audi a3, audi rs3, ESSEN Show, tuning on 11 9th, 2017

ABT Sportsline has unveiled its latest tuning program for the Audi RS3 Sedan and RS3 Sportback.

Set to debut at the Essen Motor Show, the models can be equipped with an assortment of different styling accessories including front fender vents, a revised grille, and 19- or 20-inch wheels. Customers can also order a gloss black rear skirt and a sports exhaust system with a matte black finish.

The company didn’t release interior photos but the cabin can be outfitted with carbon fiber trim, special floor mats, and illuminated door sill plates. Other options include an ABT-branded shifter and push-button ignition.

On the performance front, the turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine can be equipped with a new ECU which enables the mill to produce approximately 460 PS (338 kW) and 530 Nm (390 lb-ft) of torque – an increase of 60 PS (44 kW) and 50 Nm (36 lb-ft). ABT declined to say how fast the upgraded model is but the change increases the limited top speed to 280 km/h (174 mph).

Besides the upgraded engine, the RS3 can be outfitted with sport springs, new anti-roll bars, and a more powerful braking system.

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Audi RS3 Flies Off The Road At 200 KM/H On Old Street Circuit 10
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, audi, audi rs3, Dashcam, Offbeat News, video on 10 10th, 2017

Here's why putting the pedal to the metal on a track you're not intimately familiar with can be extremely dangerous.
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Catalunya Red Audi RS3 Really Gets The Heart Pumping 7
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, audi rs3 on 10 7th, 2017

While the revised 2017 Audi RS3 is pretty far removed from being "just" a hot hatchback, it's precisely the type of car you want if you're in need of something really fast in a compact body.
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Audi RS3 Glistens With Neidfaktor Interior Treatment 27
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, audi rs3, tuning on 09 27th, 2017

Bathing the interior of an Audi RS3 in fluorescent yellow materials sounds like a horrible idea but this project from Neidfaktor shows that it can be done successfully.
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Tuned Audi RS3 Sportback Turns The Drag Strip Into Its Own Playground 23
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, audi rs3, Audi Videos, Drag-Racing, tuning, video on 08 23rd, 2017

While enthusiasts are trying to find out which modern hot hatch is the fastest, this previous-gen Audi RS3 Sportback comes to prove that tuning can be very appealing, if done right.
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Which Is The Fastest Super Hot Hatch? RS3 vs AMG A45 vs Civic Type R vs Golf R vs Focus RS 21
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, audi, audi rs3, Drag-Racing, Ford, Ford Focus RS, honda, Honda Civic Type-R, mercedes, Mercedes A45 AMG, Mercedes AMG, video, VW, VW Golf R on 08 21st, 2017

Are you in the market for a mega hot hatch? Well, if so, then buying the fastest of them all is in all likelihood, at the top of your list.
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Can BMW’s M140i Compete With The More Expensive Audi RS3? 19
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, audi rs3, Audi Videos, BMW, BMW 1-Series, BMW M, BMW Videos, video on 08 19th, 2017

Mercedes-AMG has the A45 and Audi has the RS3 and on paper, BMW doesn’t have a direct rival to either.
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Is The Audi RS3 Sportback Better Than The Mercedes-AMG A45? 14
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, audi, audi rs3, Audi Videos, mercedes, Mercedes A45 AMG, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes Videos, reviews, video on 08 14th, 2017

The Mercedes-AMG A45 used to be the hot hatch king, until Audi introduced the facelifted RS3 Sportback earlier this year.
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