The German tuning specialists from ABT Sportsline have decided the Audi RS3 Sportback can deliver even more power than Ingolstadt’s engineers churned on the factory floor.
Thus, the RS3 – which has been dethroned in its own segment by the Mercedes-Benz upgrade of the A45 AMG to 381 PS – has gone through a doping procedure that has updated the standard 367 PS output. Working on the 5-cylinder, 2.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, ABT’s specialists have delivered the cure: a new tally of 430 PS (316 kW), with torque also climbing from 465 Nm (343 lb-ft) to a more spectacular 530 Nm (391 lb-ft). The ABT Power “new generation” is also just the first stage, with the tuner working on the ABT Power S that will come to be even more surprising, according to chief executive Hans-Jürgen Abt. Regardless of the chosen power stage, you get an extra control unit and specifically developed software. But the customers ordering it also get new sound flavors – the 4-pipe exhaust system made of stainless steel has black chrome-plated 102 mm tailpipes. With the modifications in place, the menacing RS3 will sprint to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and the electronically limited top speed has been climbed from 250 to 285 km/h.
Cosmetic changes have been severely limited, but you do get the option of having the cast ER-C or light forged ER-F, both available as 19 inchers in “Gun-Metal“, “Silverbullet“ or “Black Magic“ shades wrapped in 235/35 R19 tyres. Interior changes are also limited, but you can order the entrance LEDs with the ABT logo or the matching floor mats with silver ABT embroidery.
Via ABT Sportsline