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The 2022 Audi S3 MTM Clubsport has fun in the Alps with 480 horsepower

Now that the Audi RS3 is out, we understand why the S3 no longer receives the same attention as before. However, Motoren Technik Mayer wants to remind us that the lesser of the two hot sedans is still a fun pocket rocket, especially after massaging the engine for more power. It’s not a small inline five-cylinder monster like its big brother RS3, but MTM has managed to push the four-cylinder well beyond the 401 hp available in the Audi Sport model.

Our friend Auditography spent some quality time with the German tuner’s S3 Clubsport in Kitzbühel, Austria, while the boldly colored compact performance model scaled the Alps. Aside from the quirky finish with yellow and green Python decals, you can tell by the prominent front bumper spoiler and large wing at the rear – both in carbon fiber – it’s far from a Ordinary S3.

MTM got rid of the stock wheels to fit their own 19-inch Bimoto package and modified the interior by removing the rear seats to make way for a roll bar. As for the driver and the remaining passenger, they both sit on Recaro Podium bucket seats in a color matched to the flashy body finish. Like any respectable tuner, the S3 is more than just visual upgrades, as a lot has happened under the hood.

The aftermarket specialist offers no less than four power upgrades for the 2.0 TFSI. Those who want more than the stock 306hp can get a stage 1 kit unlocking 360hp through software optimizations. Stage 2 adds custom downpipes for an additional 20 hp, while Stage 3’s upgraded air intake boosts the four-cylinder engine to 430 hp.

MTM’s Stage 4 features a beefier turbocharger to extract 480hp from the engine, in which case the 0-62mph (100kph) run takes just 3.2 seconds. The Audi S3 Sportback will need 10.7 seconds to hit 124 mph (200 km/h) from a standstill, which isn’t too shabby for just a four-cylinder car.

We can see the car having fun in the snow despite packing Quattro like all S and RS models. It may not have the drift mode of the RS3, but it’s still great fun on a slippery surface.