ABT Audi AS3 Sportback

From ABT press: Already at its first public appearance during the DTM-season highlight on the Norisring, the new Audi A3 Sportback caused a furore: In a parade in front of the fully occupied grand stands with more than 100.000 spectators, Audi presented its latest baby. Almost at the same time of the first rides of the sporty five-door, Abt Sportsline had realized the first ideas for underlining the inherently sporty elegance.

Athletics and driving pleasure in a new dimension - these are the targets Audi aims to achieve in the premium compact class with the new representative. This is where Abt Sportsline ties up and supplies additional dynamics for the suspension kit of the Sportback with especially developed Abt suspension springs. The springs effect a lowering of 35 to 40 millimetre and additionally grant an improved, tighter and with it a more sporty contact to the roads.

The engineers have also done their job under the bonnet. The Abt emblem on the engine cover does not promise too much: the 2.0l TDI engine of the exhibit was upgraded from 140 to 170 HP (103 to 125 kW) via the equally uncomplicated and effective chip tuning. Abt Sportsline also has a few extra HP up its sleeve for the 1.9 TDI (upgrade to 96 kW and 130 HP) and the new 2.0 FSI-version (app. 169 kW, 230 HP to 310 Nm) of the power unit.

The Abt sport wheels which the successful Audi tuner offers do not only stand for a more individual optics, but also for a better contact to the asphalt. Customers have the choice between seven different models from 16 to 19 inch. The exhibited vehicle at the Essen Motor Show is equipped with sport wheels SP1 and Continental tyres. All wheel models have the Abt-typical high quality manufacturing and unmistakable design of the company based in Kempten in common.

Of course matching sound is required with so much optics. Abt Sportsline supplies this with 4- and 2-pipe rear muffler made of fine stainless-steel. The Abt shift knob manufactured in leather and alumin-ium as well as the Abt floor mat set continues the sporty line in the interior.

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