Volkswagen and Audi enthusiasts are likely familiar with the name ABT. The German tuner offers a variety of performance and styling enhancements for both brands, and has now unveiled its latest upgrades for the Volkswagen T5 Transporter (formerly known in the U.S. market as the Eurovan), and the not (yet) for the U.S. Audi Q3 compact crossover.
For the Q3, ABT changes up the nomenclature by calling it the QS3 (for added sport). Although there's plenty of the typical styling gingerbread that usually accompanies "sport" packages, including a new grille, front spoiler, rear spoiler, sport exhaust system, and the choice of sport wheels from 18 to 21 inches. ABT also offers tuning upgrades for the Q3's two available engines, the 2.0-liter TDI, taking it from 177 to 205 hp, and the 2.0-liter gas turbo from 211 to 270 hp.
The T5, one of the commonly seen workhorse models of Europe, along with the Ford Transit and Renault Master and Trafic, gets upgrades outside and under the hood, with a front grille and spoiler, side skirts, quad-tip sport exhaust, and sport wheels. Although people may not typically think of commercial vans for driving excitement, ABT made sure performance wasn't neglected. The T5's top engines, a gas turbo 2.0-liter and a 2.0-liter diesel, both get power bumps, with the gasser going from 204 hp to 240 hp and 295 lb-ft, and the diesel from 140 hp to 170, and also 295 lb-ft.
ABT offers a variety of styling and tuning packages for Audi and Volkswagen models, and is distributed in North America by GGI Tuning, ggituning.com.
Source: ABT Sportsline