The Audi RS Q3 Sportback has been given a boost in performance and a new set of wheels at the hands of VAG specialist ABT, to provide the compact performance crossover with a more distinctive persona. Added in this catalogue are revisions to the suspension, which was not included in the original offering detailed last year.
As standard, the turbocharged 2,5-litre five-cylinder petrol engine sends 294 kW and 480 N.m of torque to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Using its in-house engine control unit, the firm has increased power of the Audi RS Q3 Sportback to 324 kW and 520 N.m. With this, it’ll sprint from 0-100 km/h in 4,3 seconds and reach a top speed of 285 km/h.
Without any modifications, the RS Q3 Sportback sprints from 0-100 km/h in 4,5 seconds and will reach a limited top speed of 250 km/h.
Adding to the RS Q3 Sportback’s handling characteristics is ABT’s height adjustable suspension springs which lowers the ride on the front MacPherson strut by 20-35 mm and rear four-link axle by 25-40 mm. this is joined by a catalogue of alloy wheels which consist of the 21-inch Sport HR, DR, ER-C, FR and GR designs.
ABT boasts that with the Sport HR design equipped, the Audi RS Q3 Sportback benefits from the ten double-spoke layout that rises from the hub cover and extends deep into the rim flange. With this generous spacing, the advanced braking technology of the RS Q3 becomes more visible. The rim’s optimum weight balance also contributes to improved driving stability.
Changes to the cabin of the Audi RS Q3 Sportback consist of ABT’s start-stop switch cap, integrated entrance lights and carbon-finished seat frame covers.