RGM are very familiar with the 2.0-litre turbocharged FSI (direct injection) engine, which is beefed-up in the R but still similar, nonetheless. In standard form, the R produces a claimed 206kW and RGM claim that on its dyno, the new car made 174kW/380Nm at the wheels.
The upgrade that RGM offers is called the S1 upgrade and comes with a Techniflow 85mm downpipe, an RGM Plug-in Power Software (PPS) module and a performance air filter. RGM claim the figures have now been boosted to 203kW/448Nm with better bottom-end power, too.
In tests at Reef altitude, RGM claim 0-100km/h sprint figures of 4.4 seconds and a standing kilometre at a terminal speed of 229km/h.
To improve things further, there’s a 76mm Techniflow stainless steel performance exhaust as well as a carbon fibre cold air induction intake system developed in-house. Another popular upgrade is the adjustable Pedal Booster that improves the throttle response.
The S1 upgrade costs R15 000 and is also applicable to new-generation Audi S3 owners. All conversions and upgrades carried out by RGM, carry a six-month/20 000km warranty on parts and workmanship.