For those who expected the A3 to get more meaner than the RS3 Sportback with a “Plus” version, Audi has bad news. The company has confirmed that there will no “RS plus”, as per a new report from Top Gear. Thus, 362 hp is the most that can be expected from the A3 range, at least for the current model. A plus version was expected seeing that the 2015 R8 V10 also has one and the TT RS also had one on the previous generation model.
The 2015 RS 3 Sportback was revealed in December 2014. The flagship A3 model packs a 2.5-litre five-cylinder TFSI petrol unit, which develops 362 hp and 465 Nm of torque. A seven-speed S tronic transmission sends power to all wheels via the Quattro all-wheel drive system. Stefan Reil, Manager of Technical Development at Quattro GmbH, suggests that the 362 hp is the limit that can be reached considering the size of the turbocharger, as tuning it to churn out even more power would be pushing the engine out of its durability limits, and thus making it prone to damages and more warranty claims.
When asked that the old RS3 has been found to be capable of being tuned to 400, 500 and even 600 bhp, Mr. Reil responded that aftermarket tuners do not have the responsibility of complying with the company’s durability and service limits. He further added that if time comes when the RS3 gets an even more powerful arch-rival (like the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG) for instance, the company could put in a bigger turbo – however, that would require lot of engineering work.
[Source: Top Gear]