Audi Sport are known for transforming humdrum family runabouts and saloons into fire breathing monsters with more power and grunt than supercars at times. But for the loons who figure Audi RS models aren’t fast enough, ABT Sportsline is here to help.
ABT isn’t just some tuning company that hots up Volkswagen Group products but rather, they are motorsport experts as well. ABT has been racing in the DTM series for 20 years now and has beaten factory works teams such as Mercedes-Benz and Opel in that time. Furthermore, ABT is also participating in the Formula E championship, with 2020 marking their sixth season in the sport.
ABT’s impressive on-track résumé also translates to performance on the road. ABT takes their extensively garnered motorsport experience and channels it to their road cars, such as the RS6-R and RS7-R we see here today.
Both cars, while different on the outside, share similarities under the skin and bonnet. Both the RS6 and RS7 come from the factory with a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 which produces 441kW at 6,000 rpm and 800Nm of torque from 2,050 rpm. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, which makes it good for a century sprint time of less than four seconds and a top speed of 280 km/h with the limiter in place. ABT reckons it can do better.
The core of ABT’s lunacy with the Audi pair is down to the ABT Power R performance pack which “unleashes an extremely sporty 544kW and 920Nm in the 4.0-litre V8 TFSI engine” said the brand. The duo’s powerplant sees an increase of 103kW and 120Nm over the standard configuration.
The power hike for the duo comes courtesy of a larger ABT turbocharger and charge intercooler, both of which receive a two-year warranty, which brings the century sprint time down from 3.6 seconds to 3.2 seconds and introduces a new top speed of 320 km/h.
Both cars also receive an ABT stainless steel exhaust system with carbon fibre tailpipes and 22-inch ABT High Performance HR22 alloy wheels shod with 285/30 rubbers. Both cars also get the company’s coilover suspension springs and sports anti-roll bars.
Visually, the ABT rocket ships sport a variety of carbon fibre ABT Aerodynamics parts such as a new front lip, grille surrounds, side skirts, rear diffuser and wing mirror caps. Inside, the German tuning firm is offering up to 10 different trim items such as ABT leather, carbon fibre steering wheel trim, ABT centre arm rest, carbon fibre ABT gear shift knob cover, dash inlay, ABT entrance lights and unique ABT door sills with the running serial number.
Finally, the cost. If you’ve one of these German rocket ships sitting on your driveway, the ABT Sportsline Power R performance pack will set you back 69,900 Euros or $123,610 Australian dollars. That sum includes installation, painting and German TÜV approval. The Bavarian tuning firm will only be making 125 performance packs for each car.