Because you need a 177-mph compact hatchback in your life.
As Mercedes-AMG has demonstrated with the new A45, the horsepower wars are far from being over. You can now get a four-banger compact hatchback with as much as 416 bhp straight from the factory, with the A45 S having more power than the five-cylinder RS3 Sportback. Will Audi decide to extract more muscle from its 2.5-litre inline-five for the next instalment of its compact hot hatch? Time will tell, but in the meantime, ABT has dialled up the outgoing RS3.
Equipped with the ABT Power S pack, you’re looking at a Sportback with 464 bhp and 398 pound-feet of torque. In other words, the TFSI unit has been massaged to deliver an additional 70 horses and 44 lb-ft. The German tuner doesn’t specify how many tenths of a second the power bump has shaved off from the 0 to 62 mph sprint, but the task is likely completed under four seconds seeing as how a stock RS3 Sportback needs 4.1 seconds to get the job done.
As far as top speed is concerned, a standard RS3 is limited from the factory at 155 mph, but Audi will be more than happy to loosen up the limiter and enable the car to reach 174 mph. It’s an option that costs €1,500 at home in Germany or approximately £1350 at the current exchange rate, but ABT’s tuned RS3 is slightly faster than that as it will do 177 mph.
There’s more to the Sportback than its newly gained muscle as the reputable aftermarket specialist has also replaced the stock wheels with its own 19-inch alloys finished in matte black. Should you want even bigger wheels than the ones featured here, there’s a 20-inch set for those who like to stand out. The tuner is also offering a series of other upgrades, including a coilover suspension (like the pictured car has), beefier brakes, an anti-roll bar kit, and various tweaks for the cabin.