ABT reveals the brand new AS3

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

ABT Sportsline is making available a visual and performance modification for the Audi A3, a car that has seen some major successes and has become the standard for premium quality compact cars. The car commands a better presence after ABT modified its hood, grill, bumpers, fenders and LED light line.

It has a more menacing appearance as demonstrated by the ABT bodywork package underlining potency and sportiness, including its front spoiler insert, side skirts, fender inserts together with the rear apron have all been customized for the ABT AS3 model.

At the rear section of the vehicle the ABT exhaust system that comes with four pipe ends blend seamlessly to the sporty design of the car. ABT used its AR or BR Sports alloy wheels in 18 and 19 inch diameter, as an ideal compliment to the visual kit.

The car does not simply look fast, but is actually fast. The car is powered by the 1.4 TSI with 160hp (118kW) and not by the standard 125hp (92kW). The next powerplant is the 1.8 TSI that produces 160hp (118kW) achieves 210hp (154kW).

The top of the range powerplant is the gasoline 2.0 TSI that comes with 240hp (177kW) with ABT in contrast to only 200hp (147kW) in the regular model. Although there are lots of boost in power fuel consumption did not experience any increase and engine reliability is maintained. Performance was also improved for the 2.0-liter turobdiesel contingent on the starting power yield either 170hp (125kW) or 190hp (140kW) is reached with lots of torque for both potency output.

ABT performance springs optimize power output when the car is on the road. The ride height of the car was lowered substantially at 35mm, which resulted in improved liveliness of the ABT AS3 and enables it to negotiate corners better.

For stopping power ABT units were used which comes with 345mm diameter and offers powerful stopping power even in areas deemed borderline. Each component has been tuned specifically for the AS3 making it quite appealing on both the interior and exterior of the vehicle.

Press Release

The new ABT AS3 - handsomely refreshed

The Audi A3 has been a real success, one which re-defined the term "premium" for the compact car class. An extra portion of dynamism in the optics and the performance is offered by ABT Sportsline. The renowned vehicle turner of course also took on the facelifted version of the long-term best-seller from the Ingolstadt company - and thanks to the modified bonnet, grill, bumpers, fenders and LED light line from their product range the car has an even greater presence.

It stands there as if it`s ready to attack, even more so with the ABT bodywork kit signalising extra power and sportiness: its front spoiler insert, side skirts, fender inserts as well as a rear apron have been tailor made for the cool body of the ABT AS3. Even the typical ABT 4-pipe exhaust unit blends into the sporty design perfectly. The Allgaeu company recommends mounting model AR or BR ABT Sports alloys, which are available in 18 and 19 inch, as an extravagant supplement to the optical package.

It goes without saying that the AS3 does not just look fast, but is fast too. This is because ABT POWER also brings the engines up to speed: with it the 1.4 TSI, for example, brings a brisk 160HP (118kW) to the road instead of the series-standard 125HP (92kW). With the next largest unit, the 1.8 TSI 160HP (118kW) achieves an everyday 210HP (154kW). And the largest petrol engine, the 2.0 TSI, provides 240HP (177kW) with ABT as opposed to 200HP (147kW) in the basic version. In spite of the HP boost the fuel consumption does not increase and the reliability of the engines remains the same. ABT also offers performance increases for the two-litre turbo diesel: depending on the starting power output either 170HP (125kW) or 190HP (140kW) is achieved - and both bring plenty of torque with them.

In order to utilise the well-trained "ABT horses" in the best possible way on the road, ABT Performance Springs are recommended. Thanks to the lowering of the car`s centre of gravity by around 35 millimetres the agility of the AS3 is improved, which makes itself felt especially at corners. The ABT braking unit with its disc diameter of 345 millimetres provides the best deceleration values, even in borderline areas. All components have been tuned to the AS3, making the compact ABT a real sports car, both on the inside and outside.

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