The Audi RS3 It has long been one of the most powerful hot hatches on the market, and in an effort to make it even more striking, Audi has launched the RS3 Performance Edition, limited to just 300 units worldwide.

Just like a standard car RS3 The Performance Edition is equipped with a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine. However, while this engine normally delivers 394 hp, Audi has bumped it up to 401 hp, and torque remains the same at 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) between 2,250 rpm and 5,700 rpm. revolutions per minute. This extra power was achieved by increasing boost pressure by 0.1 bar and changing the RS sports exhaust system.

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This engine is mated to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission that sends power to all four wheels. Audi hasn’t released an acceleration time for the car, but claims it can reach 186 mph (300 km/h) when equipped with the optional RS Plus Dynamic Package.

elsewhere car uses a set of new adaptive dampers and sits on distinctive 19-inch Dark Matte Gray wheels shod in Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires. Audi has also fitted a black rear diffuser and will sell the RS3 Performance Edition exclusively with a black badge. Featured here in Nogaro Blue, customers will also be able to choose between Daytona Gray, Arrow Grey, Sebring Black, Sebring Black Crystal and Glacier White.

Some minor changes have also been made to the cabin, which comes standard with Dinamica microfiber seats and Nappa leather. Mercato Blue accents are also found throughout, and the car features a special “1 of 300” badge on the dashboard. The 10.1-inch infotainment display has also been tweaked using a carbon fiber background.

Market price for the Audi RS3 Performance Edition has yet to be announced, but we do know that it starts at €87,000 ($85,833) in Germany.

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