ESSEN 2004: Oettinger A3 Sportback Tuning Program Available Share Comments Oettinger has developed a line of accessories for the hot new entrant of the Audi A3 line from Audi, with the “Sportback“ name. Based on the successful Oettinger aerodynamics packages, the company has styled the new brand face of the AUDI family in a stylish, and functional way. At the front, Oettinger has added a new front apron with treatment for the “Rosemeyer grill“ of the new model. Sideskirts, rear apron and roof spoiler complete the look and add to the prestigious look of the model from all angles. The kit, available from Oettinger, will be available starting in January 2005. So that performance is on par with the breathtaking looks of the Sportback, Oettinger’s Stage I package for the 2.0T FSI quattro is currently going through approval that should be complete by the end of the year and will be available from Oettinger for 1,200 Euro. The engineering from AUDI and Volkswagen has been augmented through tuning – increasing by 22 KW to 169 KW and torque raising from 280 Nm to 340 Nm. With this the Sportback will sprint to 62 mph in 6.3 seconds – about one second faster than its production counterpart. Top speed is raised to 242 km/h. Also heading for approval are Stage 2 and Stage 3 kits that will be announced in early 2005 and should result in power levels up to 300 hp. Also available for the 2.0T FSI is a high-quality steel cat-back exhaust system for 1,490 Euro, with central and final muffler, which provides a satisfying tone and freer flow for the turbocharged engine. The program is rounded out with coilover suspension, 322 mm brake upgrade with drilled and vented discs at the front and light alloy type RH wheels ranging from 17-inches to 19-inches. Also for the TDI drivers: Since October the first upgrades for 1.9-liter and 2.0-liter TDIs have been available. With 130 KW (177 HP) and 380 Nm torque for the 2.0-liter TDI Sportback. Are your seatbelts fastened? For more discussion on this story, click on the link to our discussion forums at the left.