Audi A3 is a car that has etched its name in the pantheon of popular European hatchbacks since its 1996. This unassuming yet potent compact hatchback has evolved through the years, bearing witness to technological advancements and design overhauls of Volkswagen-Audi group, all while retaining its core essence of being a versatile and spirited vehicle for the drivers who needed a little bit more than a basic Golf.
“The Audi A3 has always enjoyed a special place in the segment of hot hatchbacks, primarily due to its refine and sporty styling”.
The Audi A3 has always enjoyed a special place in the segment of hot hatchbacks, primarily due to its refine and sporty styling. Blending the sophistication of Audi’s luxury lineage with the practical form of a hatchback, the A3 has long been the belle of the ball for the fans of modified European cars.
Notable automotive publications, such as Car & Driver and Top Gear, have often lauded the A3 for its blend of performance and class. As the years have gone by, the A3 has become a canvas for car enthusiasts, eager to modify their car. Kane, the owner of this slammed 2010 A3 from the UK, has upgraded the looks and performance of his stock 1.8L TFSI powered car with some of the most legit aftermarket upgrades to really stand up to the term “Hot Hatchback”.
“Notable automotive publications, such as Car & Driver and Top Gear, have often lauded the A3 for its blend of performance and convenience”.
Perched upon a set of 19″ Rotor rims, Kane’s A3 appears to hover just above the ground, as if defying gravity itself. 19” Replica rims, wrapped in low-profile 215x35x19 tires, lend a sporty elegance to the car, accentuating its already enchanting stance and proportions.
“The MaxLoad Air Suspension system installed in this hot hatch gives it a ground-hugging look stance fans are so obsessed with”.
The MaxLoad Air Suspension system installed in this hot hatch gives it a ground-hugging look. With the ability to adjust the ride height on the fly, Kane’s A3 effortlessly glides over the road like a spacecraft traversing the cosmos.
As we delve deeper into the visual modifications, we discover the original S3 side skirts with Maxton side splitters attached, accompanied by the rear lip spoiler. The front bumper, an RS3 replica, sports a splitter crafted by Xenonz UK, creating a striking visage that tops off the exterior and brings that slammed look home. Although the fenders may appear to be wider than the stock versions, they are, in fact, unchanged – a clever illusion created by the mesmerizing Deep Space Gloss 3M wrap that envelops the vehicle.
Underneath its striking exterior, Kane’s A3 boasts a REVo stage 2 tune, propelling the car to 230 brake horsepower, which is more than enough for such a light car.
2010 Audi A3 1.8 TFSI Specs & Mods
- 19” Rotor Replica Rims
- 215/35/19 Tires
- Maxload air suspension
- REVO stage 2 running about 230bhp
- Deep Space Gloss wrap by 3M
- Maxton side skirts
- Maxton rear spoiler lip
- RS3 replica front bumper
- Xenonz UK front bumper splitter
Kane’s 2010 Audi A3 is a shining testament to the limitless potential of the beloved hot hatchback. Marrying performance, aesthetics, and ingenuity, this car sets the benchmark for what can be achieved through passion and dedication.
Watch the progress and find out more about this Audi a3 project by visiting the Instagram profile of the owner: @that_flipping_a3!
Photography by 📸 @zignature.co.uk
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Matt is an automotive writer and journalist with more than 10 years of experience in the field of aftermarket modifications. He enjoys the diversity of the modern European car culture and appreciates it in every aspect.