Preview: 2012 Audi Q3 by ABT Sportsline

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 11, 2011

ABT Sportsline tuners have created a new look for the Q3, which will come with a power boost for the diesel or petrol variants. The Q3 is available with both 2.0-liter forced induction engines, in both diesel and petrol versions. The least powerful of these models is the 140 hp TDI that delivers 170hp. Meanwhile, the 177 hp variant of the same unit currently has the same output as that of the previous generation Golf GTI - 195hp.

The petrol front comes with the 2.0-liter TSI that originally had 170 hp in stock form now delivers 210 hp.

Meanwhile, Audi’s best version of a fast Q3, the 211 hp mode, has received a boost to 250hp. The tuner also said that it doesn’t matter what engine is selected as the buyer always gets “a vehicle which combines maximum driving fun with everyday usability and reliability. “

The tuner clarified that the reason why handling and optics don’t need to be affected because of the car’s diversity is proven by the SUV of ABT.

This SUV has received a new front grille, front skirt, door strip attachments, rear skirt set with four exhaust inserts and a rear wing. It also features a set of ABT CR and DR designer light alloy wheels in 18 to 20 inch sizes. Buyers may also opt for the wheel+tire combo.

Strong, sporty and powerful -- the Audi Q3 has a one of a kind road stance. The car features a progressive design that closely follows the design language of the German carmaker’s design language. The auto manufacturer has brought several innovations and ideas from concept cars to on-the-road vehicles. The Audi Q3 takes its inspiration from the 2007 Cross Coupé quattro showcar.

The compact SUV has dimensions that mirror its dynamic lines. It is 4,385 millimeters long, 1,831 millimeters wide, and 1,590 millimeters tall. The wheelbase measures 2,603 millimeters with short overhangs. The roof looks like the roof of a coupe with sharply sloping D-pillars, giving the Audi Q3 a more sporty look.

At the front, the Audi Q3 features sculpted surfaces and strong accents. The radiator grille has beveled upper corners while the lattice has vertical elements. The side has two rising lines that flow into the engine hood. Horizontal bars mark the big air inlets, giving a more aggressive look for the SUV. This is where the fog lights are located.

Like the bigger Q5 and Q7, the Audi Q3 has wedged headlights that are set deeply into the body of the car. Meanwhile, the turning lights are located in a highly detailed fascia vapor that is covered with aluminum.

Daytime running lights come as a standard in the Audi Q3, like all the other cars that the carmaker produces. These LED lights only use up 10 watts! The Audi Q3 also has halogen headlights that you can swap from xenon plus units.

You can also add a high-beam assistant as an add-on, the first time that a compact SUV offers such an option. The system also utilizes a small camera to help detect oncoming vehicles. This helps switch from low and high beams. Other add-ons you can avail are dynamic cornering light and the adaptive light.

The coupe-like roof

Viewed from the side, you can find the flowing roof that looks like the roof on a coupe. The roof slopes downward at the back and meets the flat D-pillar. This is the structure that you see on A3 models. The pillar gives the back of the Q3 a very dynamic appearance that is highlighted by the roof spoiler. The sheet metal to greenhouse has a proportion of two-thirds to one-third, following the carmaker’s design philosophy. The wheel arches are pronounced and can accommodate 19 inch tires.

Crisp lines are found on the flanks to help frame the sheet metal surfaces. These have a wedge shaped flow giving the SUV a fast and lean look. The tornado line is the SUV’s most pronounced shadow contour and that begins at the headlights and goes through the lower edge of the window and into the tail lights. The side sills have dynamic lines above it, while another line goes through the same area as well. Then you have the bow-shaped door handles while the side mirror housings have LED turn signals.

Press Release

Coming soon at ABT – The new Audi Q3

Kempten commitment to maximum urban sportiness – the new ABT Q3

“The Q3 is an extremely athletic yet very elegant vehicle. It combines the powerful aesthetics of a robust car with the shape of a cool coupe”, explains Hans-Jürgen Abt. For the CEO of ABT Sportsline, the world’s largest tuner of vehicles from the VW Group, the latest offspring of the SUV family represents an absolute highlight in the product range: “In its class the Q3 is something special. For our designers it provides the perfect working basis, as it is both classy and dynamic”, states Hans-Jürgen Abt. For example the Abts were able to further accentuate the unique tornado curves of the Q3 with side sills. In connection with the striking ABT front grill and the front spoiler the inherently compact car seems more powerful and to have more presence. The rear wing, rear apron and exhaust pipe covers ensure that from the rear of the SUV you can see that the car has a good figure.

After all the ABT Q3 does not just look sporty – it is sporty too: the engineers from Bavaria are currently working on the final tests of the individual ABT POWER performance packages. But it is already certain that the new car will provide an additional boost of maximum sportiness and extra driving enjoyment in practically all situations. As a result the most powerful version of the 2.0 TSI is expected to offer 250 HP or 184 kW (series standard: 211 HP/155 kW). The 170 HP version (125 kW) has been converted by ABT Sportsline into a sports engine with 210 HP (154 kW). For SUVs, a diesel engine is of course always a good, economical solution. As a result ABT POWER is also available for both performance levels of the economic 2.0 TDI: the series standard 140 HP (103 kW) is increased to 170 HP (125 kW), while the version with 177 HP (130 kW) as standard offers a high-torque 195 HP (143 kW) after the power treatment by ABT. The turbo diesel with two litre cubic capacity is the first choice if you want a little more, for example if the athletic ABT Q3 is also to be used as a workhorse.

Regardless of which engine is chosen, the customer always receives a vehicle which combines maximum driving fun with everyday usability and reliability. The fact that handling and optics do not have to suffer due to the car’s diversity is proved emphatically by the SUV of ABT. And the new Q3 in particular is a really attractive car, its design elements harmonise with the performance improvements – both have been developed as it were from the high demands of ABT customers. Consequently the extravagant light metal alloys from the CR and DR ranges suit the ABT Q3’s powerful-robust coupe shape perfectly. It goes without saying that the alloys are also available in combination with strong load-bearing high-performance tyres – in accordance with the commitment to maximum urban sportiness.

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