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Does the Audi RS3 really need more power? No, it doesn’t. The RS3 is smaller than a Ford Focus, but it has 395bhp. Like the McLaren 720S and Porsche 911 Turbo S, it’s one of those cars that already has masses of straight-line performance as it is, thank you very much. Fine. I’ll go and read something else. Don’t go anywhere. Sure, the RS3 doesn’t need any more power, but when it comes as easily and as cheaply as it does here, more power can only ever be a good thing. You see, tuning specialist Litchfield has boosted the RS3’s 2.5-litre turbo motor to 500bhp, while torque has risen from 354lb ft to a thumping 484lb ft. Normally, you’d expect to pay a small fortune for those sorts of power and torque gains, but the full cost of this upgrade is just £2,058. To put that into some sort of context, Audi will charge you £1,600 to have the RS3’s speed limiter increased from 155mph to 176mph. For not much more money, you could take your RS3 to Litchfield and get a massive 25 per cent more power out of it (while having the speed limiter removed entirely).