As the world's largest tuner for vehicles from the Volkswagen and Audi Group, ABT Sportsline stands for a virtually endless variety of models. In addition to the two main brands, the Bavarian engineers can also make SEAT or Skoda drivers happy. ABT Sportsline is therefore showing a CUPRA AtecaABT from SEAT at this year's Essen Motor Show (December 1 to 9, 2018) for the first time. Visitors can expect some exciting upgrades at stand 3A41 in hall 3. There, the company traditionally exhibits on the area of tire partner Continental. But the fiery Spaniard CUPRA Ateca ABT is not the only highlight from the premium tuner, who has two more real crowd pleasers in tow: the compact rocket ABT RS3 in bright Viper Green and the supercar ABT RS5-R in innocent Glacier White. The stand of suspension manufacturer H&R (7A10 in hall 7) additionally presents an exciting joint project in the form of a Golf GTI Clubsport tuned by ABT. The ABT RS6-E is a particularly electrifying exhibit from the Bavarian tuner and can be found at the stand of the car magazine AUTO BILD SPORTSCARS (3A25 in hall 3) with the theme "1000 HP".
The ABT Sportsline tuning portfolio for the brand with the four rings is enormous and there is hardly anything in the production range that cannot be topped by the Bavarians. Even an RS 5 with 450 HP (331 kW) had to go to boot camp here! The special edition ABT RS5-R, which is limited to 50 cars, not only looks super tough with its Aerokit and Aerowheels in Racing Gold, but also has plenty under the hood with 530 HP (390 kW).
Would you prefer something more compact for the city? Then the ABT RS3 in Viper Green is a great recommendation: The pocket rocket from Kempten in Bavaria combines a whole lot of tuning extras and an unbelievable 500 horsepower (368 kW) in the body of a compact car. The combination of the specially developed ABT Engine Control unit (AEC) with charge air cooler and special exhaust system achieves an impressive extra 25 percent power, compared to the production model with 400 HP (294 kW).
Golf VII GTI Clubsport S ABT & H&R
With the Golf VII GTI Clubsport S, H&R and ABT Sportsline present another compact rocket. 370 HP (272 kW) instead of 310 HP (228 kW) as well as a racing suspension turn this car into a real track tool. The forged rims of type ABT ER-F are an additional special feature. Even the production version is already a rarity, as only around 100 Clubsport S were ever sold in Germany.
Compared to the hybrid station wagon ABT Audi RS6-E, of which there is currently only one specimen, even the rare Golf VII GTI Clubsport S almost seems like mass production. This car already impresses with the key figures of the internal combustion engine, which itself offers 730 HP (537 kW). If the driver wants to take the car's acceleration to the max, electric power from the transmission tunnel can be additionally used above 100 km/h. This releases an additional 288 HP (213 kW) and 317 Nm for a brief period. Overall, this results in a system power of 1,018 HP and 1,291 Nm. That is definitely hard to top.
What: ABT Sportsline at the Essen Motor Show 2018 in Germany
When: December 1 to 9
Where: CUPRA Ateca ABT, RS5-R and RS3 at the joint area of Continental in hall 3, stand 3A41; GTI Clubsport at H&R in hall 7, stand 7A10, RS6-E at the
AUTO BILD SPORTSCARS stand 3A25 in hall 3