According to ABT, the performance kits under development concern four engines at this time: the not yet released 2.0-liter TSI petrol that is said to be boosted from 217hp (220PS) to around 276hp (280PS); the 1.4-liter TFSI from 138hp (140PS) to 168hp (170PS); the 2.0-liter TDI diesel from 148hp (150PS) to 178hp (180PS) and the 2.0-liter TDI diesel from 181hp (184PS) to 207hp (210PS).
Other available upgrades will include new suspension kits and sports exhaust systems.
On the outside, the exterior of thenew A3 hatchbackis dressed in a body kit that includes ABT’s version of the classic Audi grille, a front apron with a lip spoiler, side skirts, front fender air-vent trims, a larger roof spoiler and a rear apron incorporating a diffuser.
The package can be completed by a selection of lightweight alloy wheels available in both 18- and 19-inch sizes.
The “Little Devil”, as the German tuner’s founder and CEO Hans-Jürgen Abt names it, comes with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that generates 252hp (256PS / 188 kW) at 6,000rpm and 350Nm (258 lb-ft) of peak torque between 2,500 and 4,500rpm for a 0-100km/h sprint time of 5.7 seconds.
An ABT power kit that encompasses a software upgrade for the four-cylinder engine’s electronic management boosts those figures to 303Hp (307PS or 226 kW) and 400Nm (332 lb-ft) between 2,500 to 5,000rpm respectively.
The increase in power allows for acceleration from zero to 100 km/h (62mph) in 5.4 seconds, three tenths of a second faster than the serial version, while ABT points out that there’s no penalty in fuel consumption and exhaust emissions over the regular A1 Quattro.
The performance packages start with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder TDI that receives an ECU reflash lifting output from 174hp (177PS) to 202hp (205PS).
For the three variants of Audi’s 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 TDI, the base 201hp (204PS) unit is boosted to 266hp (270PS), the 242hp (245PS) engine to 296hp (300PS) and the flagship 309hp (313PS) version to 355hp (360PS).
The German tuner of all things related to the VW Group has prepared the AS8 package for the Audi sport limousine.
ABT was able to squeeze at least another 100 ponies and 130Nm from the bi-turbocharged V8 with final numbers pending.
Even so, the AS8 is rated at 612hp (620PS) and 780Nm (572 lb-ft) with the tuner quoting a 0-100km/h (62mph) sprint time of about 4.0 seconds, 0-200km/h (124mph) in 13 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 290km/h (180mph).
A lowering module for the air-suspension and a choice of alloy wheel designs in sizes 19- and 20-inches complete the upgrades.
The German firm tweaks the 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit to increase power from 138hp (140PS) and 320Nm (236 lb-ft) to 168hp (170PS) and 370Nm (273 lb-ft) and as a result, acceleration to 100km/h (62mph) drops from 9.4 seconds to 8.8 seconds.
ABT then fits the Beetle 2.0 TDI with a lowered sports suspension and a larger brake kit for the front axle with black painted calipers.
An available styling kit includes a front spoiler, a rear apron that encompasses a diffuser and the new twin oval exhaust pipes, head- and tail-lamp covers and a license plate insert.
Customers also can select from a variety of alloy wheels, in diameters from 18 to 20 inches shod in performance tires.
To give the compact crossover a more aggressive look on the outside, ABT offers a body kit that includes a restyled front grille and lip, side skirts, roof spoiler, a rear bumper with a diffuser and new quad exhaust tips.
A choice of alloy wheels in sizes ranging from 18- to 21-inches and an available sports suspension kit that lowers the ride height finish off the new look.
To improve performance, ABT offers several power kits for both diesel and petrol engines in the Q3’s lineup.
The 2.0-liter TDI diesel gets a jump from 138hp (140PS) to 168hp (170PS), while its more powerful 2.0 TDI sibling is boosted from 174hp (177PS) to 202hp (205PS).
The 2.0-liter TFSI petrol with 168hp (170PS) is bumped to 236hp (240PS), and the 2.0 TFSI with 208hp (211PS) to 267hp (270PS).