Even in extreme cases, glaciers only move a few kilometers per year. The innocent glacier-white paint of the ABT RS5-R is therefore a serious understatement. After all, the exhibition car at the Essen Motor Show in Germany reaches 280 km/h and catapults itself from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds. As a comparison: the standard model is limited at 250 km/h and takes three tenths longer for the same sprint. The ABT RS5-R, which is limited to 50 vehicles, delivers substantial extra performance compared to the basic model. The power is increased from 450 HP (331 kW) to 530 HP (390 kW), while the maximum torque grows from 600 to 690 Nm. The ABT Power S performance level is based on the auxiliary ABT Engine Control (AEC) unit, an additional water cooler and the ABT muffler system. “On the ABT RS5-R, we get an additional 80 HP and 90 Nm from the 2.9 liter biturbo V6,” CEO Hans-Jürgen Abt explains proudly.
The cleverly tuned exhaust system from ABT Sportsline is part of the emotive driving experience. With four 102 mm carbon tailpipes, it provides an attractive look and a charismatic V6 sound. To ensure that not only the sound performance is right, the tuner also installs ABT sports stabilizers and ABT height-adjustable suspension springs. The full ABT height-adjustable suspension kit is available as an option.
On the vehicle body, the new ABT front lip, the ABT front flics and the ABT front grille frame with RS5-R logo are eye-catching features. The flanks are dominated by ABT wheel arch vents with aggressive fins. The ABT rear skirt add-on and the ABT rear spoiler are the crowning glory. Almost all attachment parts are made from real visible carbon fiber. The design is completed by 21-inch ABT SPORT GR rims. And of course the interior also features individual touches. In the sum of all parts, the ABT RS5-R is a complete work of art that has to be experienced live.