If you really want an RS3 convertible, this could be your ticket to fly.

So you want an RS3 Cabrio but Audi doesn't make one. Enter ABT. The tuner’s ABT Power S package swaps in a custom-designed control unit for Audi’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder in the standard S3 Cabrio. No details are given on what parameters are changed, but it works in conjunction with a sport catalyst in the exhaust to deliver 400 horsepower. Which, of course, is exactly the same as the new RS3.

Too much power or too much money? The company offers the ABT Power package that deletes the S and the exhaust upgrade to make 370 horsepower.

ABT Audi S3 Cabrio
ABT Audi S3 Cabrio

Underneath the S3, ABT adds sport anti-roll bars front and rear. Wing inserts and ABT alloy wheels dress up the exterior, with customers able to choose wheel sizes from 18 to 20 inch. Special door entry lighting that projects the ABT logo on the floor rounds out the tuning treatment.

There’s no word on the cost for the ABT upgrades, but with the 400-horsepower RS3 sedan ready for its U.S. debut next week at the New York Auto Show, going with ABT could be a tough sell for folks not interested in a ragtop. But hey, when the weather's like this, who doesn't want an open-top car, particularly one with 400 horses?

Source: ABT Sportsline

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