The 2012 Audi RS3 gets a boost in horsepower courtesy of German tuning company B&B. For the first phase, the turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine already gets a major improvement, from a standard output of 340 PS (250 kW / 335 hp) and 450 Nm (332 lb ft) of torque to as high as 410 PS (302 kW / 404 bhp) and 560 Nm (413 lb-ft).
Stage 2 brings the power to 425 PS (313 kW / 419 bhp) and 580 Nm (428 lb-ft). From there, the vehicle gets a boost to 450 PS (331 kW / 444 bhp) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft).
For a price tag of €15.950, the consumer gets a vehicle with 510 PS (375 kW / 503 bhp) and 680 Nm (501 lb-ft). This is achieved mainly with the use of a bigger turbocharger and a high-performance stainless-steel exhaust, says WorldCarFans.
With the Audi RS3 at 510 PS, accelerating from a standstill to 100 km/h is achieved in only 3.5 seconds. It can also reach a top speed of 310 km/h (193 mph). In addition, B&B is offering a new two-mode sport suspension (Comfort and Sport), a set of 19- or 20-inch wheels, and a high-performance brake system. B&B could also lower the vehicle by 20 mm.
At first sight, the new Audi RS 3 Sportback dons a form and a style that easily conveys its performance potential. For instance, the front end of the new Audi RS 3 Sportback is marked by a single-frame grille that comes with a high-gloss anthracite-colored insert with diamond-patterned styling. This grille is bordered by matt aluminum frame and is marked by an RS 3 badge. Flanking the grille, as standard, are xenon plus lights with integrated LED daytime running lights.
Underneath the headlamps are larger air intakes that guide cooling air into the engine bay. The left intake provides air to the seven-speed S tronic while the right intake sends air to an extra radiator. Meanwhile, the upper part of the single-frame grille sends intake air for the turbocharger, with the intercooler placed behind the lower section of the grille. Audi has decided to get rid of the fog lights and give the front apron a new look by fitting a horizontal splitter that could hike the output shaft on the front suspension.
Audi’s new RS 3 Sportback features flared front fenders made from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), which made them around 2.1 kilograms (4.63 lbs) lighter than their standard steel counterparts. The side appearance of the RS 3 Sportback is accentuated by chiseled side sills as well as outside-mirror housings with integrated LED turn signals. On the rear, the RS 3 Sportback features redesigned rear bumpers with a high-gloss black diffuser insert borders its large, elliptical dual exhaust tailpipes.
An RS 3 badge sits along the license plate while a long roof spoiler extends across its rear windshield. Audi is offering two design packages for the RS 3 Sportback: the matt aluminum and the black styling packages. When the matt aluminum styling package is availed, some parts of the RS 3 Sportback like the upper edge of the diffuser insert and the rims around the air intakes take on a matt aluminum appearance. On the other hand, with the black styling package, the Audi single-frame and the exhaust tailpipe trim will be finished in high-gloss black.
While customers may choose any of the five available exterior colors – Daytona Gray pearl effect, Ibis White, Misano Red pearl effect, Phantom Black pearl effect and Suzuka Gray metallic – they may also have their RS 3 Sportback finished in any custom paint. Dimension-wise, the new Audi RS 3 Sportback has a length of 4.30 meters (14.11 ft), width of 1.79 meters (5.87 ft), and height 1.40 meters (4.59 ft).
Having a frontal area of 2.16 sqm (23.25 sq ft), the car features a drag coefficient of Cd 0.36 and a curb weight of 1,575 kilograms (3,472.28 lbs). Its luggage compartment could accommodate 302 liters (10.67 cubic ft) of cargo, which could be expanded to 1,032 liters (36.44 cubic ft) when the rear seatbacks are folded down. Customers may also avail of optional components that hike the car’s practicality, like a luggage compartment package as well as a load-through hatch.