ABT Sportsline modifies Audi S3 to be as powerful as new RS3 Sedan

Article by Christian A., on November 11, 2016

With the recent unveiling of the new Audi RS3 Sedan, discerning S3 owners with an eye for sporty dynamic performance are presented with several options. They could sell off their S3 rides and get the new RS3 Sedan. Or they could contact German-based tuner ABT Sportsline and settle for more powerful version of the S3.

ABT could transform the Audi S3 Sedan into a sportier riding machine by offering a number of tweaks from the engine to its exhaust. Specifically, ABT is offering two ABT Power software units that tune the sedan’s 2.0 four-cylinder TFSI engine to a whole new level. For instance, the ABT Power software could hike the TFSI’s power from 228 kW (310 hp) of output and 400 Nm of torque to around 272 kW (370 hp) of output and 480 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the ABT Power S software could significantly hike the engine’s power to 294 kW (400 hp) of max output and 500 Nm of peak torque.

That is higher than the 362 hp of output and 465 Nm of torque developed by the 2.5-liter TFSI engine under the hood of the Audi RS3. With the ABT Power S software, the 2.0 four-cylinder TFSI engine is as powerful as the improved variant of the 2.5-liter TFSI powerplant that develops 394 hp of output and 480 Nm of torque available between 1,700 rpm and 5,850 rpm. Since the Audi RS3 could sprint from zero to 100 km/ (62 mph) in around 4.1 seconds, we could expect the ABT-tuned S3 to perform about the same.

Moreover, the ABT Power and ABT Power S help lower the carbon dioxide emissions of the four-cylinder TFSI engine by around 30 percent. This means that the better performance does not have to be more harmful to the environment.

Meanwhile, the stainless steel ABT exhaust system for the Audi S3 features four black chrome-plated tailpipes. This detail is made sportier and more elegant with the installation of fender inserts and an array of sport-type weight-reduced aluminum alloy wheels in sizes 18 inches, 19 inches and 20 inches. These wheels for the tuned S3 Sedan are available in ABT FR (classic five-spoke design), ER-C (five-spoke sports rims), and the DR (machine-relieved in gun-metal look). These alloy wheels are wrapped in either Dunlop or Continental high-performance rubber.

Also offered for the Audi S3 are ABT anti roll bars that could help reduce roll movements, thereby improving handling at higher speeds for more driving enjoyment. These roll bars – made from high tensile steel with forged ends -- also help reduce understeer. In addition, ABT’s anti roll bars are suitable with both serial and sports suspension and feature maintenance-free, cured-on bearings.

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