In the book Die Geschichte der Audi Markenzeichen, AUDI AG presents an overview of this wealth of signs, badges and symbols for the very first time.
ABT has released a tuning kit for the facelift Audi A3. The tuner calls it AS3 and it’s more than just a cosmetic surgery. Getting into the exterior detail first we see that ABT has modified a few components such as the front grille, the bonnet, the fenders and the front bumpers. Even the front LED lights have changed shape form the standard bulbs.
The rest of the bodywork is made up of new side skirts, a front spoiler insert, fender inserts and a rear apron. ABT’s recognisable four tailpipe unit gives the cars more presence. ABT AR or BR alloy wheels measuring 18 or 19-inch are recommended for the AS3. The suspension has been lowered by 35mm to improve handling and agility.
While Audi plans the next-generation of its lineup, the German automaker is completely rethinking the way it engineers it cars with a focus on cutting weight. According to Audi’s director of technical development Michael Dick “hybrid and electric powertrains and lightweight construction” are priority for the next-generation version of Audi’s MLP (or modular longitudinal platform).
Weight reduction is very important, Dick said. It will be the ”basis for the electrification of the car.” He said that dramatic weight-saving technologies will also be applied to Audi’s conventionally powered vehicles since it allows them improved handling and better performance.
The first prototype of Audi’s MLP program is a S5 coupe that is 400kg (880 lbs) lighter than the current production model.
Dick said that even though the experimental S5 is powered by a 230-hp 4-cylinder, it lapped the Nurburgring a whole 8 seconds faster than its V8 sibling.