It has only been 10 years since the Audi A5 was introduced. Now the second generation of the A5 and of the S5 are on the road. The engineers and designers at ABT Sportsline were impressed by the calm, elegant design of the vehicles from the outset, whether as a Sportback, Coupé or Cabriolet. This is why the ABT Development department has now created performance increases with an impressive body kit for the latest models as well. But ABT Sportsline also offers extra power for the various engines of the definitely not unsporty A5. And it is not only the performance increases that are attractive. The way the body kit changes the appearance of the two trios will draw some jealous looks: “With the clear lines of its elongated, sporty body, the A5 is a perfectly designed, very individual vehicle,” Hans-Jürgen Abt explains. “Our body kit follows this as well – it underlines the sporty and the individual character of the vehicles.” All six versions receive an aggressive front spoiler and a distinctive rear skirt which integrate perfectly with the styling of the A5. The visual upgrade is completed by the respective 4-pipe rear muffler system.
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The attractive ABT A5 Sportback certainly does not need to hide, either. After all, it received the same styling package from ABT – only the tail pipes are in regular chrome instead of black. Where the S5 scores with ultimate power, the A5 stands out on account of the large engine variety. Thanks to ABT Engine Control, a little bit more is no problem: The 2.0 TFSI with 252 HP (185 kW) as a standard now offers 330 HP (243 kW), the 2.0 TDI evolves from 190 HP (140 kW) to 215 HP (158 kW) and the “little” 3.0 TDI boosts its standard 218 HP (160 kW) to 250 HP (184 kW), while the “big” one grows from 272 HP (200 kW) to 325 HP (239 kW). So, the ABT A5 Sportback definitely has a lot more to offer than just convenient cargo space. Soon, an ABT Height Adjustable Suspension-Kit will complete the range and get both, A5 and S5, 15 to 40 mm nearer to the tarmac.
The word cabriolet originates from French and in its broadest possible sense means to do a jump in the air. And the new Audi A5 cabriolet will do a real jump in terms of power after a visit to ABT Sportsline based in Bavaria. A specially developed control unit enables the ABT Power S to increase the performance of the elegant convertible with its 2.0 TFSI engine to reach 330 HP (243 kW). Compared to the series 252 HP (185 kW), this equates to an increase of more than 30 percent and is almost on a par with the S5 and its significantly higher displacement. At the same time, the maximum torque for the 2.0 TFSI has soared from 370 to 440 Nm. However, diesel fans do not need to feel left out. "We also have a performance package for the diesel engines with two and three liter displacement", says Managing Director Hans-Jürgen Abt. The smaller of the two diesel engines is available as standard with only 190 HP (140 kW), but this can be tuned to reach 215 HP (158 kW). The maximum torque is boosted too from 400 to 440 Nm and as a result matches the level of the petrol engine after enhancing its power by ABT. The three liter diesel engine 'tweaked' by the world's largest VW and Audi tuner has even more grunt reaching a staggering maximum torque of 450 Nm, with the standard version peaking at only 400 Nm. The difference in HP is even greater by contrast with the 'smaller brother', the 2.0 TDI. ABT transforms the 3.0 TDI from having an output of 218 HP (160 kW) to an impressive 250 horsepower (184 kW). Hans-Jürgen Abt's team is crafting an aerodynamics package for the A5 cabriolet to match the powerful engines at the moment. "So that the waiting time does not drag on, our product range already offers attractive alloy wheels, so that the summer can be enjoyed with all the benefits a convertible has to offer", explains Abt. Currently, customers can choose between DR and ER-C rim designs, available in 19 and 20 inch, as well as FR and GR as a 20-inch version. Depending on the model selected, a variety of finishes are available: from mystic black to Gun-metal and silverbullet all the way up to matt black and glossy black. Several designs also have a diamond machined finish on part of the surfaces. The alloy wheels listed are available as complete wheel sets with the matching high-performance tires as an option.
The A5 is a fast coupe and a comfortable travel companion to begin with. But in its ABT Sportsline version this extravagant car is even more sporty. The latest edition of the ABT AS5 combines a precise and harmonious design with dynamic technology. “For us, it was important to combine this car’s extraordinary design with our ideas and thus to underscore the car’s character. Its chip tuning performance and its body parts form a unit”, says Hans-Jürgen Abt. The traditional Bavarian company’s managing director is very excited about this automobile. “If you look at the AS5, you want to take in every inch of its marvellous silhouette, and if you sit in it, all you want is to get it on the road. This coupé is really a power pack.“ This sports car in its “tailor-made suit” is so much fun to drive because it has undergone a real ABT Sportsline treatment. The car is always assertive and second to none: ABT POWER turns for example the standard 252 HP (185 kW) of the 2.0 TFSI model into 330 HP (243 kW). To be sure, this additional ABT POWER also has to be put on the road. So a lowered suspension has been geared to the AS5, which make for a very effective lowering of the car’s centre of gravity – in visual terms, too. This is part of the overall design concept. Front spoiler, side skirts, fender inserts, rear skirt insert, rear spoiler and the typical four-pipe exhaust system make the chic ABT appear unobtrusively assertive from wherever you look at it.
ABT Sportsline has hidden an entire subcompact car in the power boost for the current Audi RS5. “On the ABT RS5-R, we get an additional 80 HP and 90 Nm from the 2.9 liter biturbo V6, which has a very similar design to the engine in the first Audi RS4,” CEO Hans-Jürgen Abt proudly explains.
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