Audi’s newest luxo-liner gets a fresh tuxedo.
The latest flagship sedan from Audi combines a level of elegance and class with a sporty character. The new ABT AS8 emphasizes that same dynamic character, with the addition of clean and subtle aesthetic upgrades and a tuned diesel V-8. “With us this extraordinary vehicle doesn’t lose its character, we underline it”, states Hans-Juergen Abt the General Manager of ABT Sportsline, “the machine fits the large limousine perfectly.”
The third generation Audi A8 features a powerful and efficient 4.2-liter diesel engine pumping out 350 bhp and 590 lb-ft of torque. After receiving the ABT Power Upgrade comprising of retuned engine software, the diesel V-8 was able to achieve 385 bhp at just 3,600 RPM, and an earth-moving 649 lb-ft of torque from 2,150 to 3,200 RPM. With the ABT Audi Power Upgrade the stout 4.2-liter still retains the same durability and low-level emissions standards while vastly improving power. The ABT AS8 upgrade provides an acceleration boost, sending the sedan to 62 mph in just 5.3 seconds. Top speed also rises to 174 mph – 19 mph faster than the stock diesel and gasoline engines.
The powerful and relaxed drive provided by the retuned engine is complimented by classy styling upgrades. Improving downforce at the front is a subtle spoiler, while the new side sills help the ABT AS8 glide to the 174 mph top speed. The rear of the AS8 features more prominent upgrades. A new three-piece rear spoiler helps to improve stability, while a new rear skirt with exhaust covers lends to a more athletic appearance.
Further emphasizing the character of the AS8 are new alloy wheels. Available in both 20 and 21-inch sizes, the ABT CR alloy wheels are fitted with 275/35 R20 and 265/35 R21 tires. The featured five double-spoke alloys are finished with a phantom-black coating, which gives the AS8 a refined and commanding appearance. The wheels are supplemented by the retuned air ride suspension system to handle the improved driving dynamics.
The upgrades featured on the AS8 are just the beginning for ABT Sportsline. The Bavarian tuning company is currently working on additional performance and styling enhancements for the new Audi A8. Pricing has not been released for the complete ABT AS8 package. ABT Sportsline also has individual accessories available for the third-generation A8.
ABT AS8 Gallery
ABT AS8 Specifications
Number of Cylinders: V-8
Aspiration: Turbo diesel
Bore x Stroke (mm): 83 x 95.5
Maximum Power: 385 at 3,600 RPM
Maximum Torque: 649 lb-ft at 2,150 – 3,200 RPM
Type: Eight-speed Tiptronic
Drive: Quattro permanent all-wheel
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 5.3 seconds
Top Speed: 174 mph
-ABT Front wing
-ABT Side skirts
-ABT Rear wing (three part)
-ABT Rear skirt with exhaust covers
Wheels and Tires:
Wheels: ABT CR Sport Wheels
Wheel Size: 9 x 20 or 9 x 21
Tire Size: 275/35 R20 (20-inch) or 265/35 R21 (21-inch)
[Source: ABT Sportsline]