After working on the Audi RS3 Saloon to give it more power and attitude, ABT Sportsline has now worked its magic on its hatchback counterpart that has gone through a series of upgrades. Starting with the most obvious ones, gone are the standard wheels as the German tuner has decided to go all out by installing a set of large 20-inch alloys finished in black for a stealthy look. You can have these rims either with a matte finish or this shiny coat featuring a glossy appearance. A multitude of other 20-inch wheel designs are available, along with smaller 19-inch sets.
Aside from the new shoes, the super hatch from Ingolstadt has received wing inserts at the front to further denote it’s more than just the usual RS3 Sportback. The back of the car is now home to two pairs of dual exhaust tips featuring a larger diameter granting a better sound thanks to ABT’s new muffler system. These flank a diffuser part of an aerodynamic body kit so subtle that you’d have to be an Audi aficionado to figure out this isn’t the standard model.
While the looks might suggest we are dealing with a fairly regular Audi RS3 Sportback, the real change has occurred underneath the bonnet where the renowned tuner has dialled the turbocharged 2.5-litre engine to 493 bhp and 420 pound-feet of torque. With the ABT Engine Control, intercooler, and exhaust system in place, the car will jump to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds and top out at an impressive 186 mph.
If you feel like 493 bhp is too much to handle, ABT has a lesser package tailored to the RS3 Sportback that only includes the aforementioned Engine Control unit dialling the five-cylinder engine to 453 bhp, which is still a lot more than the stock 394 bhp. Rounding off the list of niceties are the upgrades inside the cabin, such as different types of leather for the upholstery along with carbon fibre accents.
Gallery: Audi RS3 Sportback by ABT
"Edelweiss" with 500 HP and the NEW 20-inch GR rims: the ABT Audi RS3 Sportback
The edelweiss is probably the most famous Alpine flower. It is said to have many positive properties – even as an anti-aging remedy. But this strictly protected white plant is not the only fountain of youth to be found in Bavaria: ABT Sportsline, for example, offers its interpretation of the Audi RS 3 – and there is no law against picking this precious flower from the company lot, as long as the purchase price has been paid.
Just pretty and white? The demonstration model for the RS 3 tuning program has more to offer, like the ABT SPORT GR alloy wheels in 8.5x20 inch. The design features ten spokes which bisect towards the rim flange, the recessed hub area and the strongly concave rim base. While the fully diamond-polished surface of the matte black version creates a high level of plasticity and elegance, the glossy black finish with diamond polishing only on the flange appears more aggressive. After all, this is a vehicle with lots of temperament!
With 500 HP (368 kW) and 570 Nm, the ABT Power R power boost ensures that the fast compact car does not take root. The company prises the enormous power from the 400 HP (294 kW) strong production engine with the ABT Engine Control (AEC) unit. An
ABT intercooler and a special ABT exhaust system were also fitted. With this power, the compact car can reach up to 186 mph and rockets from 0 to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds. But even without the additional hardware, the five-cylinder engine in the RS 3 already has significant potential: The ABT Power boost relies exclusively on the AEC and employs 460 HP (338 kW). Unlike the Edelweiss, the ABT RS3 Sportback is not a protected species, but risk prevention is still a priority. Careful engineering, effective engine protection measures and test runs on the chassis dynamometer and on public roads are cultivating driving pleasure without remorse.
For the perfect finish, ABT fender inserts are additionally available. In addition to the GR on the test car, other attractive 19-inch or 20-inch alloy wheels are also available: ABT ER-C,
ER-F or FR. For the interior, ABT Sportsline offers its customers numerous other interesting options. For perfect road holding, the world's largest tuner for Audi and Volkswagen vehicles additionally offers ABT suspension springs. The complete KW height adjustable suspension kit variant 3 with specially developed setup is available as the "big solution". Independent of this, the performance can be completed with an ABT sports stabilizer set. And for those who like a quick trip from 60 to 0, the ABT brake upgrade kit can help. All this makes the ABT RS3 Sportback the ideal vehicle for handling hairpins bends in a daring and safe drive, against the special backdrop of the Alps. The perfect soundtrack comes from the ABT muffler system, featuring two 102 mm double pipes in black chrome.
But the ABT RS3 Sportback only comes into full bloom with the complete aerodynamics kit, including the ABT front lip, the front grille add-on and the ABT rear skirt add-on with integrated exhaust channels. All parts are only available as a set in connection with a comprehensive performance package. It always comes with ABT Power R and 500 HP (368 kW) as well as most of the extras previously mentioned. As an additional highlight, ABT also offers an interior package with individual leathering of the seats and carbon fiber parts.