German tuner Abt Sportsline is readying its first comprehensive tuning program for the 2009 Audi A3 Cabriolet.
Well, perhaps I went a little bit too far by calling this tuning program “comprehensive”, but still the tuning specialist currently offers whole four different engine tuning kits for the 2009 Audi A3 convertible and, possibly, for the hatchback version of the car as well. The reprogrammed Engine Control Units (ECU) that are offered within the Abt AS3 program significantly increase the A3 Cabrio’s available power making the small sporty car faster than the stock version.
To be frank, I am not really sure that the upgraded car will be able to rival the sub-seven seconds acceleration time of the Audi S3 equipped with a 2.0-liter TFSI engine, but I am quite positive that it will be a lot funnier to drive than the normal version of the car.
Abt offers a pair of kits to each of A3’s available TFSI engines. The Abt Power upgrade increases the 2.0 TFSI’s maximum power output from 200hp to 240hp and the 1.8 TFSI gets its power upgraded from 160hp to more impressive 200hp.
The more extreme Abt Power S upgrade increases the top power to 270hp and 240 hp respectively.
Not bad. I hope there is a set of better brakes and a sportier exhaust system available to match all this power.
Photos: Abt Sportsline