ABT has retuned the new Audi A1 subcompact and restyled the hatchback in vastly different ways.
“Cool, trendy, and extravagant — all good things come in threes,” reads an ABT release. That’s because ABT’s A1s come in Klecks, High-Voltage, and Aloha designs with 17- or 18-inch ABT Z Titan wheels.
First, though, the dynamic improvements. ABT adds a double-pipe sports rear muffler and new springs. Then the tuner gets to work on the engines. The basic 1.2-liter 86-horsepower engine is upgraded to 115 horsepower. The larger 122-horsepower 1.4-liter engine sees power increased to 150 horsepower.
Both versions of the 1.6-liter diesel get 20 horsepower bumps.
Klecks, literally, means “splash,” which would explain the white paint accents on the bright red A1 pictured above. ABT calls the High-Voltage design its “most toxic” and, like the other two, this A1 gets a full body kit, spoiler, special mirror covers, and matching floor mats. The last A1 is the Aloha, which features lavender-colored side skirts.
Except for the accented side vents, ABT’s visual customization seems more tasteful than many tuners’ attempts at improving existing production cars. What do you think about the three ABT A1s?