You would think that the Audi S3 , the company’s performance-oriented version of the A3, already has enough power under its hood to satisfy some customers.
While that may be true for some, others would want some extra juice, or in this case 70 horsepower’s worth.
That’s where ABT Sportsline comes into the picture. The German tuning firm has become one of the foremost Audi tuners in the world, and its latest take on the S3 just goes to show that the possibilities are endless if you know what you’re doing.
There aren’t a lot of aerodynamic changes done to the S3, as far as this program is concerned, but there’s always room for improvement on the performance front. ABT did so by installing its own ECU unit, jumping the power of the S3 Coupe to an impressive 370 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. That’s a serious improvement from the standard 300-horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque output of the standard S3 Coupe.
With this, ABT slashed five-tenths of a second off of the S3’s 0-to-60 mph time, now hitting it at 4.6 seconds to go with a top speed of 165 mph.
With all the attention paid on the engine upgrade, it’s important to note that ABT also offering a new set of wheels for the S3 , with sizes ranging from 18 to 20 inches, as well as new fender inserts that ABT says underscores the car’s dynamic character.
With ABT, who are we to disagree.
Click past the jump to read more about the Audi S3 Coupe by ABT Sportsline
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2013 Audi S3 Coupe by ABT Sportsline
There’s a lot to like about what ABT Sportsline did to this Audi S3.
Thanks to ABT Sportsline, there’s a lot of added power coming out of that engine.
Fancy new wheels are always a must for programs like this.
Not much dress up on the interior, but it still looks pretty svelte.
It’s a more powerful version of a performance-oriented sports coupe; that’s all you can ask for.
The new Audi S3 looks a lot like the A3, except it has added elements like an S single-frame grille, a revised front bumper, new side skirts, aluminum-look mirror caps, a new exhaust system with quad tailpipes, a roof spoiler, and a different rear bumper
The Audi S3 is powered by a 2.0 TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. This power is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph.
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For a compact car, 370 hp or 272 kW is really quite something. It promises fun and a racing feeling, especially if – as in the ABT S3 – it is achieved through the innovative ABT POWER “New Generation“ with its ABT engine control unit. This car is based upon ABT’s motor sports experience, says Hans-Jürgen Abt. “We applied all our technical know-how and our concept of a sporty, dynamic roadworthy racer,” the Bavarian tuning company’s CEO adds.
The serial Audi S3 is convincing to begin with: 300 hp (221 kW), but the ABT S3 is still better. After all, it is especially “Speedy, Sporty, Sensual”, which is what S3 could very well stand for: the ABT S3 reaches 100 kph in only 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 265 kph. This makes for exciting trips on motorways and A-roads, while in the city – the rush hour, perhaps – it is dependable and gentle. “Utilisable fun, we call it,” says Hans-Jürgen Abt.
This assertive and athletic car is also to be had featuring ABT sport-type alloy wheels. The ABT DR, for example, with its ten curved spokes signals motion even when standing still and makes for unique effects on the road. And then there is the latest highlight, the ABT ER-C, with its compelling double spokes. It’s all a matter of taste, of course, but either becomes the ABT S3 perfectly. They are available in 18, 19 and 20 inches and, of course, also with high-speed tires. The discreetly extravagant look of this compact sports car is rounded off by fender inserts that additionally underscore this car’s dynamic character.