ABT Sportsline has transformed a sporty 310-hp/228 kW Audi RS Q3 into a race-capable monster! Engineers at the tuner conducted extensive tests that showed that the crossover’s 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine could allow a permanent 32% uprating. Thus, they worked hard to transform the vehicle into the ABT RS Q3, which carries the same engine that provides 410 hp/301 kW of output and up to 530 Nm of torque.
ABT will present the power-SUV at the Geneva Motor Show in March in an “innocent” white shade with an impressive decor. All this became possible thanks to ABT Power New Generation. “This complex and gentle processes uses a specially developed control unit – ABT Engine Control – and a customized software,“ remarked Hans-Juergen Abt, chief executive of ABT Sportsline, which is considered as the largest tuner of Volkswagen and Audi cars in the world.
ABT also endowed the Audi RS Q3 with a height-adjustable sport-type suspension that provides a maximum of road feedback as well as dynamism. ABT also modified the looks of the Audi RS Q3 by fitting a new front skirt and grille as well as a sporty decor set and 21-inch ABT DR alloy wheels. The power-SUV also features a ABT rear skirt set that includes stainless-steel exhaust system and four tail pipes.
Audi RS Q3 Concept’s interior gets fully lit with its glass sunroof. The interior’s main colour is cool black, on the roofliner, leather instrument panel, carpets, mats, and most of the seats have Nappa leather upholstery. Dark blue Alcantara provides contrast for the seat coverings.
Contrasting blue on the CFRP decorative panels is inventively created with a bright blue luminescent glass fibre weave. Aluminium accents the steering wheel’s CFRP large control stalks, and black velvet leather covers most of the wheel, giving a secured grip and effectively repelling dirt. The door’s trim panels have blue Alcantara surfaces.
Like every RS model, the inside door handles are made from a perforated lightweight build. The tachometer has Chinese characters replacing the normal Arabic numerals. The RS Q3 badge decorates the instrument cluster, floor mats, seatbacks, and door sill plates.
The engine compartment is styled to have a very sporty look. A panel layered in carbon trim surrounds the five-cylinder engine with a red valve cover, and two ventilation screens are laterally arranged to feed the engine air. Just like racing cars, the spark plug covers are marked with their cylinder numbers. An aluminium case contains the opened sports air filter, and the filtered air tube is stainless steel.