Audi‘s S5 has becoming one of our favorites. There’s classy yet bold exterior styling and a potent powerplant under the hood that makes it a thrill to drive. Unfortunately, however, our S5 is packed with a 4.2L V8 while our overseas friends get the more tunable 3.0L V6 supercharged powerplant we have in the S4. So Sportec is marketing this ‘Stage One’ tuning package to Audi S5 owners in Europe, we’re willing to bet our S4s could benefit from it as well.
Sportec’s tuning package offering consists of an air filter (that is oh-so-free-flowing) and an ECU remap. Naturally the forced inducted motor gets quite the boost from a retune and peak power jumps from 328-hp to 425-hp, close to a 100-hp gain. The torque increase isn’t as substantial, but still very respectable going from 325 ft-lbs to 379 ft-lbs. We’re guessing this simple pair of modifications makes our S4 (and their S5) an absolute blast to drive.
The Stage One tuning kit is available for a tad over $3,000 – not too steep of a price for 100 extra ponies. We do wanna say one thing, we’re digging the styling on Sportec’s demo S5 seen in the photos. It subdues the S5’s styling from aggressive to sleek and conservative. What can we say, we prefer our 400-hp beasts to look classy.
Official press release available after the break.
GALLERY: Sportec Audi S5
APS of Brackley, UK importer for the Swiss Sportec range of exclusive vehicle enhancements, has announced a new performance upgrade for the 2009 onward models of the Audi S5 quattro coupé and cabriolet using the 3.0-litre supercharged, V6, TFSI powerplant.
Labelled the ‘Stage One’ upgrade, Sportec’s S5 performance enhancement package consists of a free flowing air filter element and a carefully developed ECU remap. In combination this has a dramatic effect on the power characteristics of the supercharged 2995cc Audi engine, with peak power increasing from 328 bhp at 6000 rpm to 425 bhp at 6640 rpm, a significant gain of 97 bhp.
Similarly, Sportec’s Stage One upgrade delivers a prodigious increase in torque output on the Audi S5, producing a maximum of 520 Nm (379 lb.ft) at 4250 rpm, compared to peak figure of 440 Nm (325 lb.ft) from the factory.
Careful development by Sportec’s technicians ensures that over 80% of the maximum torque output is available from 2750 to 6250 rpm, which both perfectly suits the characteristics of the car’s 7-speed S-Tronic transmission and highlights the user-friendliness of the conversion.
The additional power and torque output realised by the Sportec Stage One upgraded Audi S5 considerably enhances the in-gear and fast cruising performance of the car, in keeping with its luxury GT credentials. However, when exercised to the full, it reduces the 0-62 mph (100 kmh) by 0.5 seconds to 4.6 seconds, while top speed is limited at 155 mph for safety reasons.
Suitable for coupéand cabriolet models of the 3.0-litre TFSI supercharged Audi S5, the Sportec Stage One upgrade is available now from APS Sportec priced at £1950.00 fitted including VAT.