Audi’s A3 premium compact car is an all-rounder in terms of being a premium compact and being classy, but it loses out in power when it’s pitted against sports cars and larger vehicle. But ABT Sportsline, the worldwide leading tuner of cars from Audi and Volkswagen, offers a tuned and intensified version of the A3 - the ABT AS3.
According to ABT chief executive Hans-Jürgen Abt, the ABT AS3 offers maximum individuality and additional dynamics. ABT’s engineers are currently testing the boost in performance of the intensified version of the AS3, which is sure to be regarded as a real sports car that can compete with larger vehicles if necessary. Despite the power behind the ABT AS3, the car will still be easy to navigate and would be reliable in daily driving.
The ABT AS3 will still be powered by a two-litre turbo-diesel engine, which is certainly economical and ideal for frequent drivers. The improved engine is expected to provide 200 HP/147 kW of output, a 30 HP/ 22 kW boost from the standard’s 170 HP/125 kW. Consumers looking for more power and speed could opt for the updated 2.0 TFSI engine, which is fine-tuned by ABT POWER to further increase its output to 250 HP/184 kW from the standard 200 HP/147 kW.
Consumers who want to give sporty qualities to their AS3 should opt for ABT’s suspension. ABT is currently developing a coil-over suspension for the AS3. ABT also installed a brake kit that is reliable and dependable. The brake discs carry a diameter of 345 mm and provide a hard grip when necessary. ABT also improved the distinctive looks of the AS3, fitting it with a new front spoiler, front grille and side skirts.
The fine-tuned car features a rear skirt insert and two double end mufflers. The ABT AS3 also features DR light alloy wheels, available in 18 and 19 inches. The alloy wheels complement the ABT-AS3’s classy silhouette well. The five double spokes signify the balance between power and ease and movement and stability.
In designing the A3, Audi made sure to utilize crisp lines while at the same time make the dimensions compact. The new version has similar measurements as the previous with a length of 13.90 ft. (4,237 mm) and height of 4.66 ft. (1,421 mm). Even then, it is clear that the proportions are sportier. While the width is now 5.83 ft. (1,777 mm), an increase of 0.47 in. (12 mm), the overhand in the front is shorter. Wheelbase meanwhile has been increased 0.91 in. (23 mm) and is now 8.53 ft. (2,601 mm).
However, the new A3 is not about the new dimensions. Rather, it is about the progressive formal language it uses to help reveal the passion that engineers at Audi have when it comes to making cars. Beginning at the rear end, the spoiler edge that has been positioned on top of the diffuser helps highlight the width. The split taillights make use of LED technology especially when fitted with the xenon plus for its headlights.
This also reveals a change compared to the inner architecture of the headlights on the front. Meanwhile, the trunk lid comes with a three-dimensional and sculpted appearance. Depending on what engine is fitted to it, the left side of its diffuser insert will either have one tailpipe or even two. One the front section, the main defining element is the single-frame sculpted hexagonal radiator grille.
The lines continue to the hood of the engine. In order to show just how powerful the engine is, large air intakes are placed on the front. Its headlights are not only flat but are integrated on the wave-shaped lower edge. Audi is offering customers the choice for the headlights to have xenon plus units. With these, the LED bands that shape its daytime running lights make the A3 that much more unique even at night.
Looking at the side, one can see another classic feature that the brand is known for. This is the steeply tornado line which gives the region just under the windows the needed structure. Meanwhile on top of the side sills, this same dynamic line goes up sharply.
Still on the sides, the large wheel arches and the flared metal surfaces give it that strong appearance. That the A3 has a look similar to a coupe is due to the combination of a roof that curves to the spoiler and the C-pillars with its low angles.