ABT's Audi RS3 Is A 500-HP Super Sedan

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400 hp not enough for you in the Audi RS3? ABT has a solution.

German tuner ABT Sportsline is renowned for extracting more power out of fast Volkswagen Group vehicles. For its latest tuning project, ABT has focused its attention on the Audi RS3. In standard spec, the RS3 is certainly no slouch and is considered a sleeper sedan thanks to its turbocharged 2.5-liter engine producing 400 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. But for ABT, that clearly wasn't enough. The tuner's new ABT Power R package extracts an extra 100 horses from the 2.5-liter unit, bringing the total output to 500 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.

That's a substantial increase by any measure. To achieve this, ABT installed a new in-house ECU and added a new intercooler and stainless-steel exhaust system to crank up the power. As a result of these mechanical upgrades, ABT's modified RS3 will hit 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds and go on to a top speed of 186 mph, whereas the standard car achieves the same sprint in 4.1 seconds and is limited to 155 mph or 174 mph with the optional Dynamic Plus package. The aftermarket specialist has also added new suspension springs and anti-roll bars, upgraded brakes that "bring the car to a stop in no time," and new alloy wheels available in either 19 or 20 inches.

Everyone will also know you're not driving a standard RS3 thanks to ABT's optional aerodynamics package, which adds a new front lip, grille add-on, rear skirt set, and fender inserts, giving the sedan a more aggressive appearance. The German tuner also fits an "acoustically appealing" ABT muffler system with two 102 mm double pipes finished in black chrome. As for the interior, buyers can have the RS3 fitted with ABT-branded seats, carbon fiber trim and a special plaque mounted on the dashboard.

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