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ABT Sportsline pushes its reinterpretation of the Audi RS3 to its limits. While the German tuner is already marketing a 400-horsepower RS3, it is unveiling a new limited edition of the sporty compact. Called ABT RS3-R, this new version is even more powerful and adopts cosmetic changes.

Visually, this ABT RS3-R is decorated with carbon fiber thanks to an aerodynamic body kit. Visible on the front blade, mirror shells, rear diffuser or even spoiler, the carbon adopts a glossy finish. At the front, the radiator grille has a glossy black treatment. The RS3-R is equipped with 20-inch ABT High Performance HR20 forged wheels. The car is equipped with two double ABT exhausts in matt black stainless steel.

Gain 0.5 seconds from 0 to 100km / h

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Audi RS3 | Photo of the RS3-R version developed by ABT Sportsline
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ABT RS3-R (2022)Photo credit – ABT Sportsline

With the preparation of ABT Sportsline, the 2.5 TFSI five-cylinder engine of this RS3-R is updated with an intercooler in combination with a new ECU. This allows the block to develop 100 more horsepower to make a total of 500 horsepower. The torque is also increased up to 600 Nm. Thanks to this abundance of power, the ABT RS3-R is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.3 seconds depending on the tuner, and the speed maximum reaches 300 km / h h.

Exclusive details in the sports car

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Audi RS3 | Photo of the RS3-R version developed by ABT Sportsline
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ABT RS3-R (2022)Photo credit – ABT Sportsline

In addition to these engine modifications, the ABT RS3-R inherits new suspension springs and sporty stabilizer bars to improve its cornering behavior. ABT Sportsline claims that a fully height-adjustable V3 stainless steel suspension is available as an option. Finally, the passenger compartment is distinguished by black leather upholstery with green stitching, while the ABT and RS3-R logos are scattered in various places. There is also a numbered coat of arms. When the doors are opened, the ABT logo is projected by special lights.

The new ABT RS3-R is limited to just 200 units. Its price is not disclosed at the time of writing these lines.

In short

In general, when the letter R is added after a car model name, it is rather a sign of performance improvement. ABT Sportsline’s new creation is no exception to the rule. The tuner reworked the Audi RS3 to create the ABT RS3-R, a compact 500 horsepower for 600 Nm of torque that accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in just 3.3 seconds. This edition is limited to 200 copies.

Quentin Guérult


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