Audi’s A3 for Wörthersee Is a Pocket Rocket With a 525-Horse Stable

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If you are a German automobile enthusiast who tends to be swayed toward the Volkswagen (VLKAY.PK) family variety of vehicles, you may already be familiar with Wörthersee, the annual festival of all things Volkswagen. If not, it’s an event where owners and custom builders can show off their unique rides, admire others, and spend a few days hanging with car owners of their ilk and geek out over the latest VW tech.

It’s also a chance for Volkswagen engineers to let loose, cut the purse strings, and shine a light into the corners of their skunkworks. Each year, Volkswagen brings a concept vehicle that — although it will likely not see production — offers a look into what’s possible.

Last year, the company brought a mental VW Golf built on the MKVII platform that boasted in excess of 500 horsepower and had the aerodynamic chops to match. This year, the entry comes from Audi, and needless to say, it doesn’t disappoint.

Fresh off its release in the U.S., Audi chose to doctor up its entry-level high-octane S3 sedan. Doctored might be an understatement here: it produces a whopping 525 horsepower and can reportedly reach a top speed of 193 miles per hour. The 2.0 liter turbo four has been replaced with the former 2.5 liter inline five (also turbocharged), which routes that power along with 442 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels.