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ABT announces tuning kit for mental Audi RS 3 Sportback

Popular Audi tuner ABT has turned its attention to the latest Audi RS 3 Sportback super hatch for its latest project, and come up with a potent tune for those wanting more oomph.

ABT Audi RS 3 Sportback-front

In standard form the latest RS 3 Sport, which has just been announced for Australia, comes with a 2.5-litre turbo five-cylinder engine producing 270kW of power and 465Nm of torque. It’s able to rocket from 0-100km/h in just 4.3 seconds.

ABT has developed a software tweak which sees output lifted to an incredible 316kW and 530Nm. These figures are usually seen on high-powered V8s, such as the Lexus IS F 5.0-litre V8 that generated 311kW and 505Nm.

As a result, acceleration has been improved. The usual 0-100km/h benchmark sprint can be handled in just 4.1 seconds, while the factory top speed limiter of 250km/h is removed so now it can hit 285km/h.

ABT says it is working on an even more potent package which includes an extensive exhaust upgrade, using a four-pipe setup made from stainless steel with black chrome-plated tailpipes measuring 102mm.

On the cosmetic side of things, customers can select a set of 19- or 20-inch ‘Gun Metal’, ‘Silverbullet’, or ‘Black Magic’ lightweight forged ER-F alloy wheels. These are wrapped in 235/35 tyres. There’s also LED sill panel inserts for the doors and carpet mats displaying the ABT logo.

The Audi RS 3 Sport is on sale in Australia priced from $78,900, officially arriving in October. ABT products can be purchased from a range of importers in the country.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.