Built with Passion: The BWP 2016 Audi S3

It’s been awhile since we built a new project car, but we are again turning wrenches on a new Bluewater Performance project vehicle.

2016 Audi S3

There’s a lot to love about the 8V (aka 3rd gen) Audi S3. Punchy 2.0T motor paired to a haldex enabled Quattro drivetrain, 6 speed DSG, and a well sorted chassis. We wanted to make sure we kept displacement at or under 2.0L, in hopes of competing in this year’s European Car Magazine Tuner Shootout. Additionally, it’s great to see just how much usable power can be extracted safely from such a small motor.

Here’s our mod list so far.

APR Stage 3+ Port Injection Fueling Kit (brand new product)


APR Intake and downpipe with a Milltek Resonated Catback exhaust with black tips.


United Motorsport E85 tune


JZR Suspension coilover suspension with iSweep electronic dampener cancellation kit.


034 Motorsport rear sway bar and end links, 034 front sway bar end links, 034 rear trailing arm upgrade.


Racingline Solid Pendulum Upper and Lower Subframe mounts with solid pendulum arm


034 front and rear locking subframe kit


Stoptech Trophy 380mm big brake kit in front, RacingLine 2 piece rear rotors with race pads


Ambit FF1 FlowForm Wheels Staggered 19×8.5 et35 up front and 19×8.5 et45 in back


Pirelli PZero Corsa 255/35/19 tires


Carbon Fiber front and rear valance