The Audi RS 3 might be the smallest of the Audi Sport models but what it lacks in size it makes up with its bold design and powerful performance. However, anyone who believes that the ultimate result in the compact class has already been achieved does not know the world’s largest automotive aftermarket and performance parts specialist for Audi and VW very well. Because with the ABT RS3-R, strictly limited to 200 units, the family-owned company from Bavaria is raising the bar even higher.
Like all special editions from ABT Sportsline the RS3-R receives a complete make-over: the extensive carbon fiber aero package, elegant forged wheels and many more details represent car love at first sight. Almost the complete exterior upgrades are gloss carbon fiber: Front lip, front flics, mirror caps and rear skirt insert (plus roof spoiler for the RS 3 Sportback). Also included are fender add-ons in gloss black. The iconic sound of the 5-cylinder engine will be visually accompanied by ABT Sportsline with two double end pipes with a diameter of 3.7 inches (95 mm) made of matt black stainless steel.
As a Special Edition model, the ABT RS3-R naturally also offers more than just off-the-peg sportiness in the interior. An emblem badge with "ABT RS3-R 1/200" inscription and the special door sills indicate the exclusive number of units. The visual performance is rounded off by the ABT integrated entry lights with the ABT logo, the floor mats with the RS3-R logo and the ABT start-stop-switch-cap. After all, such a potent engine wants to be brought to life in a manner befitting its status.
The sporty, noble appearance is underlined by 20-inch forged wheels. The manufacturing process of the ABT High Performance HR20 rims enables structural lightweight construction and thus low unsprung masses, which contribute to agile handling.
In conjunction with the breath-taking driving performance, ABT suspension springs and sports stabilizer bars ensure that this powerful little racing car also excels in sharp curves. As an option, a complete stainless steel V3 height adjustable suspension system can be installed. The latter is a real highlight that facilitates more than simply a lowering range between 0.78 and 1.57 inches (20-40 mm) at the front and rear axle. Rebound and bump can be adjusted separately. Of course, this product has been meticulously and exclusively adapted by the in-house experts to the parameters of the RS3-R, so that everyday driving provides just as much fun as the racetrack.
The aerodynamic components, engine, chassis and rims have been perfectly selected by our engineers.
And for the right "cockpit feeling", we have also modified the interior. When the door is opened, the elegant light projection with the ABT logo appears and welcomes the "pilot" as he enters the vehicle.
Other high-quality details such as the ABT floor mats, door sill trims, the ABT Start-Stop switch cap and, last but not least, the refinement of the seats with the ABT and RS3-R logo also entice you to come “on board”. The optional ABT gearshift paddles, seat frame covers and dashboard cover complete the overall look.