Abt Sportsline has launched a range of products to enhance the performance, handling and appearance of the new Audi A3. As well as a stylish bodykit, Abt has produced engine tuning upgrades, lowered suspension, alloy wheels and a sports brake system.
To develop the new A3 products, Abt has drawn heavily on the engineering talent that has helped to secure considerable success in the German Touring Car Championship (DTM – Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters). Last year Laurent Aiello claimed the DTM Driver's Championship in an Abt-Audi TT-R.
The first of Abt’s A3 engine management upgrades will be for the fuel-efficient 2.0-litre TDi turbo diesel powerplant. Abt has worked closely with Audi engineers to significantly boost the standard engine’s power from 140 PS (138bhp) to a potent 170 PS (168bhp). The smoothness of the standard Audi unit is maintained thanks to an extensive development process that has optimised ignition timing and fuel flow throughout the rev range.
For those looking to enhance the natural good looks of their new A3, Abt has created an full bodykit that includes a front spoiler extension, side skirts, deeper rear bumper and a neat rear spoiler. A set of 19-inch Abt sports alloy wheels complement the visual package, making the compact car look even more muscular and dynamic.
New suspension springs, which lower the car by up to 40mm, deliver more nimble handling and offer a ‘sportier’ drive. Abt is currently finalising the development of a bespoke exhaust silencer for the A3, together with a sports brake system featuring motorsport-derived steel flex brake lines.
All of Abt’s performance, handling and styling products for the new A3 are available from local Audi centres as aftermarket upgrades, or can be ordered as part of the purchase of a new A3.Published 21 September 2003