ABT Sportsline offers power package for the 2017 Audi S3 Cabrio

Article by Christian A., on April 13, 2017

Would you like to shred the streets riding an Audi S3 Cabrio that has had its engine boosted? You're in luck, as a leading auto tuning company has stepped up its game and remade the Audi S3 into a raging speed sports car.

Audi S3 Cabriolet is the convertible, roofless variant of the S3 hatchback that is largely influenced by the S3 Saloon, and is geared to compete against the BMW 2 Series Convertible and the Porsche Boxster. The S3 Cabriolet comes with a 2.0 L turbocharged petrol engine that delivers around 305 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque. Features come with direct and indirect injection system, high strength connecting rods, twin balancer shaft and pure aluminium pistons.

But this convertible will be getting the makeover, ABT Sportsline style. The tuner's ABT Power S package produces speed that has been deemed impressive by the car enthusiasts. It has been compared to a hurricane, but even a hurricane can rarely achieve a wind speed that’s faster and stronger than what the tweaked S3 Cabrio can dish out.

The S package is composed of a custom-built control unit that’s put in instead of Audi's stock 2.0 L turbocharged 4 cylinder. Thanks to the ABT Power intervention, the S3 Cabriolet now boasts of a 400 HP (294 kW) and 500 Nm of torque, an increase of almost 100 HP and 205 lb-ft of torque.

No further details were disclosed by the tuning company on how the modified convertible is able to reach that impressive performance, but it is reportedly working with a custom sport catalyst in the exhaust to produce that big of an output. The engine upgrade launches the S3 Cabriolet from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds. Beneath the modified S3, the tuning company newly installed sport anti roll bars on front and rear area, in which the carbody can still bring about the last touch of roll angle and drive thereby rendering the car more flexible.

The new parts don't end there, as fender inserts and ABT brand alloy wheels put more spunk to the exterior. Clients interested in the ABT Power Package can choose the wheel sizes which range from 18 to 20 inches. Moreover, a special door entry lighting that will reflect the ABT Sportsline's logo on the floor adds to the aesthetics impact of the sports car.

However, for those who prefer a less faster option which also relates to a lower cost than the ABT S package, there’s something for them too from the tuning company. It offers the ABT a power kit that removes the sport catalyst and exhaust boost for only up to 370 HP (272 kW) and 480 lb-ft of torque. For those who are interested on how the modification of the ABT S3 looks like, ATB has set up an interactive configurator on their official website for everyone to experiment with.

There's still no official announcement from ABT regarding the costs of the 2 exclusive packages. Looming right ahead could be bad news for the tuning company, as the same 400 HP Audi RS3 sedan is about to be unveiled in the U.S. market. The package can be put in a tough spot as Audi reported that it will not release the S3 Cabrio to the US Market. No worries, at least the RS3 is expected to roll out anytime.

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Taking hearts by storm: ABT provides the Audi S3 Cabrio with 400 HP and 500 Nm

Even a hurricane can rarely reach higher wind speeds than the ABT Sportsline performance-enhanced Audi S3 Cabrio. Electronically-controlled the well-trained rocket with the seductive soft top reaches 265 kph. Even more so impressive is the acceleration of this topless car with ABT Power S: Thanks to 400 HP / 294 kW and powerful 500 Nm the standard sprint goes from zero to one hundred in just 4.6 seconds.

To achieve this impressive result, the ABT's not only run with their custom designed control unit, but also a sport catalyst with metal cells. As the series capacity is 310 HP / 228 kW, an HP plus of nearly 30 percent is achieved, with the maximum torque increasing by an impressive 100 Nm.

Alternatively, those who prefer something not so powerful, can select the slightly less expensive performance package ABT Power, that is also based on the ABT Engine Control, but is supplied without the sport catalyst. With 370 HP / 272 kW and 480 Nm the effect is more than obvious, too. The two infernal machines are off to a stylish start with the optional Start-Stop switch button with the illuminated ABT logo.

The suspension technology allows the Audi S3 Cabrio to enjoy an enormous power output. Using the ABT sport anti-roll bars for the front and rear axles, the carbody can still achieve the last touch of roll angle drive, without making the car too hard. Its more than just light and breezy for the passengers in the stylishly refined S3 Cabrio: The ABT fender inserts have integrated air intakes and give the Audi an even more racy appearance.

The alloy wheels offered by ABT not only look cool but also come without the additional wind in the wheel housing no matter whether CR, DR or ER-C. Sizes from 18 to 20 inch are available and there are different finishes to choose from depending on the design.

For the perfect look, all that's missing now is the special door entry lighting, which projects the ABT logo on the floor when getting into the car. And that's the one and only reason why a proud owner of this attractive convertible would ever put his head down.

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