ABT, maker of the wild 1,004-horsepower RS6-E Hybrid, has blossomed in recent years to become the de facto Audi tuner. Today, the aftermarket specialists from Kempten are introducing a new upgrade program tailored to the new kid on the RS block – the RS Q3. Not just any RS Q3, but the swoopy Sportback version.
ABT keeps it simple in terms of styling changes as the only change they’ve made on the outside are the wheels, a lovely two-tone set measuring 20 inches. Those who want to stand out furthermore can get a larger 21-inch set, but that might have a negative impact on the ride quality. The tuner says these wheels are slightly lighter than a conventional set due to the double five-spoke design with a significant distance between the spokes. There’s another benefit to having this configuration as the ceramic brakes with Audi Sport blue calipers are now substantially more visible.
It goes without saying the highlight of the custom package is the upgraded engine. The inline-five 2.5-liter unit no longer produces 400 horsepower and 480 Newton-meters (354 pound-feet) of torque. ABT worked its magic and managed to extract a healthy 440 hp and 520 Nm (384 lb-ft). The added oomph allows the Audi RS Q3 Sportback to complete the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in only 4.3 seconds, down by 0.2s compared to the standard model.
The extra punch has also unlocked a higher top speed as the go-faster crossover will top out at 177 mph (285 km/h) compared to the 155 mph (250 km/h) achieved by the standard model. ABT doesn’t go into details about how the additional power was obtained, only mentioning the ECU was remapped.
ABT’s tuning program for the potent crossover is a taste of things to come in regards to an arguably more exciting car. We’re talking about the RS3 Sportback, which should feature the very same version of the award-winning 2.5 TFSI. Needless to say, the RS3 Sedan is also getting the glorious five-cylinder mill that Audi uses in the TT RS as well.