ABT rustles up an extra 45bhp and 52lb ft for 4wd super-hatch
16 August 2007

We love the Audi S3. If you’re after a fast four-wheel-drive hatchback it’s the most exciting motor you could buy. Until now.German tuner Abt decided it just wasn’t fast enough for its autobahn-blitzing desires, so it’s come up with the Abt S3.Modifications to the standard 2.0-litre turbocharged engine take power up from 261bhp to 306bhp, and torque from 258 to 310lb ft. That only shaves the 0-62mph time down from 5.7sec to 5.4sec, but expect even more mid-range shove.The Abt S3 also gets reworked suspension and 19-inch alloys – which probably doesn’t help the ride at all. There’s also a new, louder sports exhaust system. As Abt says, “The Abt S3 has the power to become top of the class – he is simply better. Anybody looking for a car providing sportiness and driving pleasure combined in a compact size is getting the maximum with the Abt S3.” For sure.

Our Verdict

Audi A3

Third generation Audi A3 has been given a mild facelift, more equipment, some new engines, a new hot model, but is the three-door version the cream of the premium hatch crop?

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