Having a compact hot hatch with about 400 horsepower isn’t that big of a deal these days. But one with almost 500 hp is, so allow us to present you ABT’s latest project: a very powerful Audi RS3 Sportback.
Posing for the camera in a mountain scenery on the tuner’s Facebook page, the car looks convincingly aggressive, yet doesn’t deviate too much from the stock car’s looks. Those who take a closer look will notixe the ABT logos, though, will start asking questions – and nothing’s going to prepare them for the crazy performance numbers.
That’ll be 500 PS (493 hp / 368 kW) and 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) of torque pushed out by the tuned 2.5-liter five-pot. The extra 100 PS (99 hp / 74 kW) and 90 Nm (66 lb-ft) have been obtained by adding an aftermarket intercooler and exhaust system and fiddling with the ECU. Naught to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) takes a mere 3.7 seconds and top speed is 299 km/h (186 mph).
Only a few short years ago, this would have been considered supercar realm. To put that in context, the Ferrari F430 is slower to 100 km/h (62 mph). Like, 0.3 seconds slower, although it does have a (not that significant, really) 16 km/h (10 mph) top speed advantage.
Truth be told, the performance numbers aren’t really that shocking, considering that even the stock RS3 Sportback is nearly as quick as the F430, needing 4.1 seconds for the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint and topping out at 280 km/h (174 mph) with the factory-removed speed limiter. And, apart from the super hatchback’s ooomph, the AWD does have a lot to do with it, too.