Until 2011, the S3 was Audi's most powerful representative in the compact class. Ten years later, it received an even more powerful superior in the form of the RS 3. It became particularly desirable thanks to its 5-cylinder engine, a clear commitment to the brand's sporty history. Since 2021, the third generation of the "Hot Hatch" has been on the road, but it is also available again as an elegant saloon. Compared to its predecessor, the performance on track has improved considerably, as car magazines noted. In terms of horsepower, however, there is a stalemate, with the only difference being a small increase in torque compared to the second generation. Those who want more than the 400 HP (294 kW) offered as standard can now satisfy this desire with an ABT Power performance upgrade*.
The world’s largest automotive aftermarket and performance parts specialist for Audi and VW installs its legendary high-tech ABT Engine Control (AEC) in the RS 3 on request. "The software has been specially adapted to the vehicle by our experienced team and tested on the road and on the test bench in countless hours of work. A comprehensive package of engine protection measures and warranty services ensures driving pleasure without remorse," explains managing partner Hans-Jürgen Abt. A whopping 460 HP (338 kW) are on the data sheet after the "ABTgrade" and not only there. The performance-enhanced vehicle takes an impressive 0.2 seconds off the standard 0 to 100 km/h sprint, which is now completed in 3.6 seconds. If desired, the RS 3 can even become a member of the "Club 300": ABT Sportsline also offers the option of significantly increasing the electronically controlled top speed.
Further products are already being planned and can be researched and accessed on a daily basis via the ABT configurator. Already available there are the ABT integrated entrance lights, which project the company logo onto the asphalt when the door is open.
*The engine performance data is in accordance with the stipulations of EWG/80/1269. The process and dynamometer manufacturer have been certified and authorised by the vehicle manufacturer. For further details, visit www.abt-sportsline.com/performance-measurement.