Three cool slits below the hood, short wheelbase, turbocharger and a whole lot of driving pleasure! Audi fans are now surely thinking of the legendary Sport quattro from 1984/1985. But there is an alternative to this almost unobtainable combination, of which there were only 214 built. We are talking about the second generation of the Audi A1, which ABT Sportsline is now upgrading. For the 40 TFSI, ABT Power increases the standard model’s 200 hp (147 kW) by a whopping 20 percent. Now, the car features an enormous 240 hp (176 kW). This is achieved by installation of ABT Engine Control, the high-tech control unit developed by the world’s largest tuner of Audi and VW vehicles. The maximum torque increases from 320 to 360 Nm and even the rally-approved Sport quattro offers less in this chapter. Despite the enormous increases of 40 hp or 40 Nm, the ABT Powerperformance upgrade is designed for maximum durability. This includes comprehensive warranties, extensive testing and numerous engine protection measures.
The performance upgrade is available as part of an attractive package. ABT suspension springs and 18-inch ABT SPORT GR alloy wheels with 215/40 R18 tyres are also included. The price saving amounts to around 20 percent when compared to the added individual prices.
ABT suspension springs facilitate lowering by 25 to 30 mm and make the small car even more sporty. They can also be combined with Audi’s sports suspension or with the factory-fitted electronic damper control system. An attractive choice are the brand-new ABT SPORT GR alloy wheels for the A1. The impressive 18-inch rim is available for the Audi in two colour variants. While the completely diamond-machined finish of the matt black creates an extremely vivid and elegant appearance, the glossy black, with its single diamond-machined flange, has a more aggressive look. Both wheel types feature a recessed hub, ten spokes which fork near the rim lip and a strong concave design. Of course, these gems are also available for the A1 separately, without performance upgrade or suspension modification.
And if you want to know what other enhancements can be made to an Audi A1: Daniel Abt will present his cool project car “A1 1 of 1” on youtube.com/abtdaniel at the end of September. The exciting first clips about its creation are already online.