Just yesterday we learned the official details on the next-generationAudi S3 Sportback and today the German tuner, ABT Sportsline, has unveiled a neat tuning package based on the standard A3 version . The tuner worked on improving the exterior and the interior of the A3 and a series of stout updates under the hood.
The aerodynamic package starts with a large front lip spoiler, a new ABT grille, plus new fender inserts and side skirts. The rear receives a new skirt set and a new spoiler that houses an all-new exhaust system with four tailpipes.
The car sits on a set of light-alloy wheels sized 18 or 19 inches, depending on the customer’s wishes. The tuner also offers new springs lower the car’s ride height by 35 mm (1.37 inches), plus a new brake system with large discs: 345 mm (13.58 inches) in diameter.
Our favorite update, however, is under the hood. Every available A3 engine can be tricked to deliver more power. The 1.4-liter four-cylinder TSFI engine goes from 122 to 160 horsepower and peak torque goes from 147 to 184 pound-feet of torque. The 2.0-liter diesel version goes from 150 to 170 horsepower and peak torque goes from 236 to 265 pound-feet. ABT is also working on the 1.6-liter TDI and the 1.8-liter TSFI, and we will get that information to you as soon as the kits are complete.
Full pricing list will be announced at a later date.
Gallery Audi A3 Sportback
More space, more stylishness and – in its ABT Sportsline version – also more sportiness. The new Audi A3 Sportback is a compact lifestyle vehicle that goes down well with everyone. A real premium car through and through, it forms the ideal basis for the traditional Bavarian company’s tuning skills. “It has been our objective to come up with huge dynamism and a self-confident design”, says Hans-Jürgen Abt, the CEO of ABT Sportsline: “The new ABT AS3 Sportback is a winner.”
And its “intrinsic” values are also quite something. Two upratings have already been conclusively tested for their dependability and roadworthiness: Thanks to ABT POWER “New Generation“, the very economical 1.4 TFSI now shows 160 hp (118 kW), up from its serial 122 hp (90 kW). Torque has been increased from 200 to 250 Nm. The 2 liter turbo diesel now has 170 hp or 125 kW (serial version: 150 hp/110 kW). Its torque is up from 320 to 360 Nm. Two further engines are currently being developed: the “little” 1.6 TDI and the 1.8 TFSI, which will also make the new ABT AS3 Sportback an economically and ecologically equally creditable car for a both pleasurable and sensibility way of driving.
The dynamism of the Audi A3 Sportback from ABT is also reflected in its design: It comes across as assertive, powerful and at the same time elegant without even having been moved an inch. The large front spoiler lip and the ABT grille are fully in line with the fender inserts and side skirts. The rear skirt set with its typical 4-pipe exhaust and the rear spoiler make this compact car appear even more compact. On the road, it presses down on the black top, which is also due to its chassis springs with which ABT lowers the car’s CoG by 35 mm. The ABT brake system with its huge discs (345 mm in diameter) and the matching steel-flex brake lines make for ideal retarding values.
A perfect match for this perfect lifestyle car are the DR alloy wheels, available in 18 and 19 inches. It goes without saying that the tuning company also sells the wheel in combination with premium sport tires. After all, the chic ABT AS3 Sportback is also supposed to be a safe driver.