Geneva Motor Show Preview: 2014 Audi RS Q3 by ABT Sportsline

Article by Anita Panait, on March 1, 2014

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.

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Audi RS Q3 by ABT Sportsline

In fairy tales, princes ride on greys. In Bavaria, one rides a white “carriage” and 410 horses. Because once upon a time there was a solid Audi RS Q3, uprated by 100hp and an exciting look by ABT Sportsline. In sum, we now have no less than 410 hp / 301 kW.

Maximum torque is 530, instead of 420 Nm, and so the SUV is accelerated almost as if Rumpelstiltskin were chasing it. And all this has nothing to do with black magic. It has all been realised in form of an ABT Power New Generation package.

“What’s special about it is the ABT Engine Control, a control unit we developed that includes its own software. We thus combine maximum power with maximum dependability,” says Hans-Jürgen Abt, CEO of the globally largest tuner of cars produced by VW and Audi. But the ABT RS Q3 is not only superior because of its engine power. Thanks to a height-adjustable sports-type suspension it also wears seven-league boots.

And in terms of “overtaking prestige” ABT has outfitted the RS Q3 in a way that would make you trade your kingdom for it. A new front skirt including grille will make it surely stand out in rear-view mirrors. And a sporty decal set and 21’’ ABT DR alloy wheels and an ABT rear skirt set including a stainless-steel four-pipe exhaust system only prove that Shakespeare was right: all’s well that ends well!

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