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MR Racing tunes 2.5T Audi RS 3 to oblivion

The tuning potential of Audi’s turbo 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine, seen in the RS 3, is already well documented. In standard form, it throws out 270kW and 465Nm.

MR Racing Audi RS 3 Sportback

Popular tuners of the four-ringed brand include MTM and ABT, who have tuned this engine to 369kW and 316kW, respectively. Another player, MR Racing, has emerged with its Stage 1 kit, creating 330kW and 653 pavement-devastating Newton metres.

Upping the ante to Stage 2 sees 393kW and 700Nm on the back of a high-pressure fuel system, better breathing intercooler and larger turbocharger. Performance? 0-100km/h in 3.6 seconds and a 300km/h top speed. Three hundred in a hot hatch – just ponder that for a minute.

This is an improvement from the stock RS 3’s already jaw-dropping 4.3-second sprint to 100 and 280km/h top whack.

A Martini-look paint scheme with red rims and some bodykit additions complete the setup, as well as coilover suspension and sticky 235/35 R19 Pirelli tyres. A similarly fitted out interior completes the ensemble .

The Audi RS 3 Sportback starts from $78,900 in Australia, with an RS 3 sedan due some time this year. It competes with the Mercedes-AMG A 45, BMW M135i, as well as some in-house competition from VW Golf R and the imminent Ford Focus RS.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.

  • Trev

    A stock standard RS3 has been proven to run 3.9 seconds to 100k’s. Motor’s latest test proved this in Australia. 3.95 0-100. So if the standard car is much faster than Audi claim i wonder what the real power of the standard RS3 is? 300Kw?

    So if for arguments sake a 270Kw RS3 can run 3.9 to 100, shouldn’t a 393Kw run closer to 3.1 to 3.2 seconds?

    Will performancedrive.com.au be testing an RS3 any time soon?