ABT RS3-R – The last Audi RS 3 with 500 hp – 4Legend.com – AudiPassion.com

ABT RS3-R – The last Audi RS 3 with 500 hp – 4Legend.com – AudiPassion.com


In 2021, the Audi RS 3 immediately set the Nürburgring Nordschleife record for cars in the compact class. For those still unsatisfied, the series engine with 400 hp (294 kW) was further improved by ABT Sportsline a few months ago. 460 hp (338 kW) is the maximum output. However, anyone who thinks the final result in the compact class has already been achieved is not very familiar with the world’s leading specialist in the aftermarket and performance parts of Audi and VW models. Because with the ABT RS3-R Sportback, strictly limited to 200 units, the Bavarian family business sets the bar even higher: 500 hp and carbon fiber components.

This new exclusive limited series from the German trainer will not remain available for long. And as with all ABT Sportsline special editions, it’s not just the performance that has been changed: With its massive aerodynamic package, eye-catching forged wheels and more, the ABT RS3-R stands out from the production model.

Along with the ABT Power R performance upgrade, the ABT damper is used in conjunction with the mandatory ABT engine ECU. This combination not only provides the RS3-R with the aforementioned 100 hp, but also brings an increase in the torque of the mechanism, so that instead of 500 Nm, a maximum of 600 Nm is now available. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h improves significantly thanks to the increase in power: from 3.8 to 3.3 seconds. In addition, the characteristic sound of the 5-cylinder engine is enhanced through the exhaust system with two ABT tailpipes with a diameter of 95 mm in matt black stainless steel.

In conjunction with the driving performance, ABT suspension springs and sport stabilizer bars ensure that this small sports car also excels in tight corners. As an option, a full length V3 suspension made of stainless steel can be installed. The latter is a real model that facilitates more than 20-40mm of lower range on the front and rear axles. Various settings are possible in stroke and stiffness. Of course, this product has been carefully and exclusively modified by in-house experts to RS3-R specifications, so that everyday driving is as much fun as racing.

A particularly innovative feature of the RS3-R is the ability to increase the standard limited top speed to 300 km/h using the new myABT app for Apple and Android devices. This option is available for free. In addition, with the help of software, the performance characteristics, and thus the car’s charisma, can be changed at any time to one’s own needs: the spectrum goes from ECO to SPORT to RACE modes. Users also get an overview of their car’s performance data – this includes, for example, current energy consumption or coolant and intake air temperatures.

Aside from the 500 hp, the ABT aerodynamic package is definitely the main attraction of the RS3-R. It consists almost entirely of visible carbon with a glossy finish. It includes the front lip, front fenders and mirror caps as well as the rear valance and rear spoiler. Added to this is a gloss black fender extension. The sporty and dignified appearance is emphasized by the 20-inch forged wheels of the type ABT High Performance HR20, which are equipped with GOODYEAR Eagle F1 SuperSport R tires in 245/30 R20. The manufacturing process of the rims allows the construction of a light structure and therefore the lower masses that are not exposed, which contributes to agile handling.

As a special edition, the ABT RS3-R naturally offers more than just performance in the interior. The seats have ABT and RS3-R logos. The logo badge with the text “ABT RS3-R 1/200” and the door edges indicate the unique number of units. The visual performance is completed by integrated ABT entrance lights with ABT logo, floor mats with RS3-R logo and ABT switch button cover.

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