MRC Stage 2 Tuned 554bhp STEALTHY Daytona Grey Modified Audi RS3 Saloon | Lowered on Riviera Wheels
When it comes to Audi’s barnstorming RS3 models, the German manufacturer has always managed to keep the model at the very pinnacle of the segment, combining an aggressive yet sophisticated aesthetic with powertrains that offer class-leading pace and dynamics whatever the weather. But if you are an enthusiast looking for what is arguably the sweet spot of the range, then this 2018 8V saloon hits the mark perfectly.
As an immaculate two-owner example with just 26,000 miles from new, it features the highly-desirable non-OPF DAZA engine and RS Sports exhaust. This mighty combination provides not just a thunderous soundtrack, but also much greater scope for tuning – a trait that the previous enthusiast keeper (a highly regarded customer of Automotive Addiction) has taken full advantage of.
On top of £5,860 of must-have factory extras such the gloss black exterior package, supersport seats, Comfort & Sound pack and Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit with 12.3in digital split screen display and smartphone interface, there are over £8,100 of aftermarket upgrades that have been professionally installed by respected Audi tuning house MRC Tuning, that push both the performance and aesthetic appeal of this RS3 to new heights.
Taking the styling up a notch is an Automotive Passion chin spoiler and carbon fibre arch guards, both of which have been lowered 25mm over the 19in Riviera RF108 alloy wheels by an Eibach Sportline spring kit.
The upgrades continue under the bonnet, where the performance of the iconic 2.5-litre turbocharged powerplant has been enhanced with a MRC high flow panel filter, Forge Motorsport front-mount intercooler, intake hardpipe and turbo elbow, as well as a Milltek Sport high-flow downpipe and sports catalyst. Combined with an MRC Tuning Stage 2 engine calibration and a corresponding TCU calibration to the seven-speed S-Tronic transmission, these tried and tested modifications have upped the engine’s output to 554PS and 736NM of torque.
But with great power comes great responsibility, and this example has been fastidiously and pedantically looked after, with a comprehensive full main dealer and specialist service history as well as the launch control log showing ZERO launches in its lifetime, where many RS3s of this age are in the hundreds!
The meticulous maintenance of this car is also reflected in the flawless condition of the Daytona Grey paintwork, the lustre of which has been heightened by Automotive Addiction’s 60-hour preparation process including a painstaking multi-stage machine paintwork correction.
Published: 18th December 2013