While it’s limited to just 50 units, the ABT Sportsline Audi RS5-R is truly a monster in its own right. Headed for a reveal at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the vehicle further backs up ABT Sportsline as a master of performance tuning for Audi and VW vehicles. The Audi RS5 now sports an additional 80 HP and 90 Nm from the 2.9 liter biturbo V6, totaling a whopping 530 horsepower and 690 Nm of torque. Thanks to a 0-100km/h (0-62mph) time of 3.6 seconds and Quattro all-wheel drive, the ABT Audi RS5 clearly won’t have to back down from almost any other vehicle it meets on the road today.
Even in the world of supercars, that’s an impressive performance number.
The internationally largest tuner for vehicles from the Volkswagen and Audi Group has more to offer, though: For example the ABT muffler system which is part of the performance concept and offers the snarling, charismatic V6 sound that is loved by car enthusiasts all over the world. With its four carbon tailpipes with a diameter of 102 mm, it is a feast for the eyes and ears.
In addition to the longitudinal dynamics, the motorsport specialists also took care of the transverse dynamics: The tuner from Bavaria upgraded the standard suspension with ABT sport stabilizers and ABT height adjustable suspension springs. This leaves customers free to decide on the level of lowering. A coilover suspension system with a special ABT shock absorber setup are also under development, in cooperation with the partner KW automotive.
This setup provides a sporty-dynamic driving experience without neglecting the required comfort. Great performance needs a good basis: While the basic RS5 runs off the production line with 19 inch wheels, ABT Sportsline equips the coupé with its ABT SPORT GR 21 inch rims. The athletically styled wheels have not an ounce of unnecessary weight and feature a strongly concave rim base. The tire format is 275/25 ZR21.
A look at the aerodynamic features in the rear view mirror reveals to other drivers just who is behind them. The new ABT front lip, the ABT front flics and the ABT front grille frame with RS5-R logo will catch anyone’s eye. Overtaking then reveals the aggressive flanks with the optional ABT wheel arch vents, which feature carbon fins. The new add-on parts at the rear are also made from glossy visual carbon – the rear skirt add-on as well as the spoiler. But this is not a view to be enjoyed for long, because the ABT RS5-R will usually disappear again in a fraction of a second.
What bystanders will not get to see: The individual interior design, including partial leather seats with RS5-R logo, ABT gear shift cover (carbon), ABT RS5-R “1 of 50” badge and many other extras. This turns the ABT RS5-R into a truly fascinating overall package.
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