Manhart is an important refiner of European vehicles, especially those from Germany. It now shows the vehicle the company calls the S 400, but that’s no Mercedes-Benz. Instead, the company turns up the dial on the Audi S3 sedan.
The tuner takes the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and pushes the power to 400 hp (298 kilowatts) and 380 pound-feet (515 Newton-meters). In comparison, the stock S3 has 306 hp (228 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm).
The figures of the S3 tuned by Manhart even beat the European market RS3 that has a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder with 394 (294 kW) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm). In the US it is RS3 offers 401 hp (299 kW). Europe gets those too Performance Edition variant of the RS with 407 hp (302 kW).
To achieve the significant horsepower increase, Manhart installs a new intercooler, carbon fiber intake, a Remus-sourced stainless steel exhaust, and a remapped ECU.
Beyond the drivetrain tweaks, Manhart customizes a set of H&R springs that lower the engine S3 by 1.181 inches (30 millimeters). The exhaust pipes emerge from carbon fiber surrounds.
The show car used to highlight the modifications features a gray body with red and black accents, including an asymmetrical stripe. It rides on a set of Manhart Concave One 19-inch wheels with a satin black finish.
The show car has no changes to the interior or the brakes. However, Manhart says that both aspects can be retrofitted at the customer’s request.
While Manhart’s upgrades are impressive, the German tunerÒ Motoren Technik Mayer (MTM) has even more extreme S3 optimizations. The company’s fourth-stage improvements boost power to 480 hp (358 kW). With so much power, the car will hit 62 mph (100 kilometers per hour) in a claimed 3.2 seconds and 124 mph (200 km/h) in 10.7 seconds.
In the US, a 2023 S3 starts at $47,895 (after the $1,095 target charge) for the Premium trim. Premium Plus brings the cost to $50,595 and the top-of-the-line Prestige to $54,595.