There is a rising trend in German car modification, and if you’re looking for inspiration, one stands out in most Audi tuning circles. The owner, Steve, took some time to talk to us about his heavily modded Audi S3 Saloon.
On the outskirts of London, you might do a double-take as a kitted out Audi S3 Saloon darts past you. Capable of keeping up with Lamborghinis, overtaking R8s and almost touching the floor with its bodywork. We caught up with the owner to find out more about this street-legal beast.
Hi Steve, thanks for taking the time to talk to us about your S3 Saloon monster! When was it that you first got interested in cars?
I’ve been in to cars since I was about 16 years old. I started off with a little Polo 9n3. It was chavvy as hell, probably like everyone’s first car was, haha. Then, I started wanting things with turbos, and I wanted to go down the more cool-looking route rather than tinted windows and subwoofers.
Your Mk6 Golf is well known, but more recently you switched to an Audi S3 Saloon. What prompted the change?
My Mk6 was an awesome car. I totally rebuilt it inside and out, I’m sure anyone who saw it knows that! It was when I was at Revo Technik HQ having the K04 turbo fitted to my Mk6, and I saw an S3 Saloon there and I fell in love. About two months later, I toyed with the idea of changing. I went to Audi to have a look and expected to find that I couldn’t afford one. After sitting down with them, and chatting with them a few times, I realised I could get one and ordered it.
Can you detail some of the changes you’ve made you’ve made to your S3?
The car has undergone so many changes! Changes to the engine, wheels, suspension, brakes, exterior and interior. I’ll send you a list of everything I’ve done – a lot of work has gone in to it! [See the full list at the bottom of this interview].
What would you say is the most important change you’ve made to your car?
My personal favourite changes I’ve made to this car are the whole interior with the red re-trim, the RS4 seats and the carbon fibre! It makes being in the car an amazing place to be. Also, you can’t ignore the power! Without a doubt. It makes the car a hell of a lot of fun. There’s no better feeling when you get RS4s, R8s and M4s alongside you, trying to show off, and you absolutely destroy them. They have no idea what’s happened.
I actually had a Lamborghini LP180 in front of me the other day, driven by a younger guy. He put his foot down, and you could actually see him double-take in the rear view mirror when I was still stuck to his rear bumper. He loved it!
“It’s time for me to start stacking the pennies and saving up to maybe get something better in the future.”
Do you have anything else planned to keep working on it?
I’m pretty much done with the S3 Saloon now to be honest. It’s at a stage where I love the thing, and it doesn’t need any more doing to it. Now it’s time for me to start stacking the pennies and saving up to maybe get something better in the future.
If money was no object, what car would you upgrade to, and what would you add to make it perfect?
You know what, it sounds strange, but it wouldn’t be anything too crazy at all. I am a massive sucker for the new Audi R8s. They have really out-done themselves with that model, even from standard it looks incredible. That would be my choice.
I would obviously bag it, band a set of Rotiforms on it, and more than likely get the Vorsteiner carbon kit fitted to it. Take a look if you haven’t seen one, the aggression is insane!
What made you choose an Audi model over other brands?
I never really had a certain choice of car. After having a VW, I was already in that sort of area. My opinion was that Audi is just the next step up from the VW range of cars. It just kind’ve happened.
Is there anything you’d like to say to our readers?
Last thing I would like to add is just a good thank you to the sponsors I’m involved with. It makes everything a lot easier working with others to get the perfect final project, and I wouldn’t be where I am without them. Thanks Car Audio Security, Meguiars UK, Revo Technik, Forge Motorsport, EMP Performance, ESPTR, Airlift Performance and Rotiform Wheels.
Here’s the full list of upgrades for my Audi S3 Saloon:
– Forge Motorsport Air Intake
– Forge Motorsport Large Bore Intake Hose
– Forge Motorsport Turbo Muffler Delete
– Forge Motorsport Intercooler
– Forge Motorsport Coolant Hoses
– Forge Motorsport Water / Coolant / Oil / Brake Fluid Caps
– EMP Performance 3″ Decat Turbo Back Non-Res Exhaust System with Black Tips
– Revo Technik Stage 3 Turbo Kit
– Revo Technik Stage 3 Software – 506bhp 430lbft
– Revo Technik TCU Software
Wheels / Suspension / Brakes
– Rotiform LAS-R Polished Lips and Brushed DDT Centres
– 19″ 9J with Nankang 225/35/19 Tyres
– Audi RS6 Brakes with 390mm Wavey Discs
– Audi RS7 365mm Rear Wavey Discs with Caliper Adaptor Bracket to fit OEM Caliper
– Airlift Performance Struts with 3H Management
– Xenons UK RS3 Front Bumper Conversion
– Xenons UK Carbon Side Skirts
– Xenons UK Carbon Boot Spoiler
– Kerscher Carbon Front Lip
– Carbon Rear Diffuser
– Audi OEM Carbon Wing Mirrors
– Hexis Front End Paint Protection
– Black Audi Rear Badge and S3 Grille Badge
– Carbon S3 Steering Wheel with Black Alcantara Sides and Leather Airbag
– Carbon Dash / Door Trims
– Carbon Centre Console
– Carbon Door Handles / Window Switches
– Carbon Door Handle Returns
– Carbon Seat Inserts
– Carbon Seat Backs
– B8 Audi RS4 Seats Trimmed in Nappa Red Leather
– Rear Seats, Centre Armrest, Gear Gaiter, Door Inserts and Handles all trimmed in Nappa Red Leather
– Boot Install with Manifold / Compressors and Hardline on show, with Carbon Air Tanks