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.