ABT turns its attention to Audi’s S3

Established tuners ABT Sportsline has turned its focus to Audi’s latest S3 hot hatch.

Well known for creating go-faster versions of Audi’s key models, ABT has included several upgrades for the S3 in order to maximise its performance.

A power upgrade for the car’s 2.0-litre turbocharged engine means that its output is boosted to 365bhp – over the regular S3’s 306bhp – while torque stands at a considerable 450Nm. The engine’s power is still sent through a seven-speed automatic to all four wheels via Audi’s quattro system, too.

ABT S3
A range of performance upgrades have been made to the S3

Given that the regular S3 will manage to go from 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds, it’s likely that this version will be able to shave that time down considerably – though no official figures have been released by ABT. The standard S3’s 155mph top speed is likely to be retained, however.

However, ABT’s S3 should return an even more raucous engine note compared with the standard car, courtesy of a stainless steel system. It incorporates four separate endpipes finished in matt black, replacing the regular car’s chromed versions.

ABT S3
Large alloy wheels are a trademark ABT feature

The exterior of the car has been upgraded too with the fitment of 20-inch alloy wheels – available in two styles – or a smaller 19-inch variant. Inside, the start-stop button has been fitted with an illuminated ABT logo, while all manner of changes can be made to the cabin according to the buyer’s specifications.

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