Audi’s A3 model can already be turned up to crazy (S3) and the insane (RS3) with its turbocharged five-cylinder engine. That’s usually more than enough for your average Audi enthusiast, but not for Hans-Jürgen Abt, CEO of ABT Sportsline.
The ABT Sportsline team decided to crank performance up to 11 in the Audi A3 model range with their newly-tuned and upgraded RS3. The new model benefits from a new software tune, exhaust, wheels, and some interior goodies.
The already-hardcore turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-five cylinder engine packed beneath the hood of the Audi RS3 was beefed up even more thanks to the ABT Power “New Generation” control unit with specially-developed software. The unit takes the factory 362 horsepower and 343 lb-ft. of torque and pumps it up to 430 horsepower and 391 lb-ft. of torque. That’s good enough to rocket it to 62 mph from rest in just 4.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 177 mph.
In addition to the newly-tuned engine, the ABT Sportsline Audi RS3 can also be outfitted with a new ABT muffler setup with quad 102-mm black-finished tailpipes to visually show its power.
The quattro all-wheel drive puts down the power with ease and customers can opt for either the ABT ER-F or ER-C wheels in sizes ranging from 8.5 x 19 to a wider 9.0 x 19 setup in Gun-Metal, Silverbullet, or Black Magic finishes. Grippy Continental 235/35 R19 tires have the tough task of sticking to the pavement and controlling all of the newly-added power.
Visually, ABT Sportsline decided that the aggressive and aerodynamic body work from the factory was more than sufficient in getting the job done. So, they shifted their focus to the interior with new LED door entrance lights with ABT logos complemented by new ABT floor mats.
While ABT Sportsline didn’t go all-out when it came to visually enhancing the Audi RS3, their main goal was to create more power and there they have definitely succeeded.
ABT Sportsline Audi RS3 Specifications
Displacement: 2.5 liters
Number of Cylinders: Inline-five
Maximum Horsepower: 430 / 270 kW
Maximum Torque: 343 lb-ft. / 530 Nm
-ABT Power “New Generation”
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 4.1 seconds
Top Speed: 177 mph / 285 km/h
Wheels and Tires:
Wheels: ABT ER-C or ER-F
Wheel Finish: Gun-Metal, Silverbullet, or Black Magic
Wheel Sizes: 8.5 x 19 or 9.0 x 19
Tire Size: 235/35 R19
-LED door entry sill plates with ABT logo
-ABT floor mats
ABT Sportsline Audi RS3 Gallery
Source: ABT Sportsline