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Hot Hatch

This tuned Audi RS3 has 49bhp more than the Merc-AMG A45 S

464bhp in a hot hatch… stand back everyone

Published: 16 Jul 2019

If you saw the new Mercedes-AMG A45 S the other week, with its 415bhp and fancy drift mode and thought ‘well that looks a bit tame’, then you should really close your laptop or put down your phone at this point.

If the thought persists, perhaps this ABT-tuned Audi RS3 is more aligned to your tastes. Principally because it has 464bhp. Yikes. 

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The new ABT Power S performance package improves on the standard 395bhp by matching a new intercooler with a high-tech engine control unit. The result is obviously huge levels of power from the 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine, but also increased torque – up to 398lb ft from the original 354.

These upgrades aren’t just for show either. Top speed goes up from 155mph to 177mph, and although ABT doesn’t give an official 0-62mph time, we suspect it will be really rather rapid.

Thankfully, you can also spec some brake and suspension upgrades to assist with keeping the lid on all of that power.

The bits that are for show are the styling additions, with little wings and vents having popped up all over the place and 19-inch wheels adorning the four corners.

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For those of you who still think this would be too tame, ABT is still selling its Power R upgrade for the RS3. Remember that one? Yep, it’s the one that produces 493bhp.

All of this does raise the question though: what on earth will tuners be able to do with Merc’s upcoming pocket rocket? We certainly can’t wait to find out.

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