Sharp looks with 600 ponies.
The Audi R8 has been an icon in the German automaker’s lineup since it was introduced as a car that paid homage to the brand’s racing victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The newly-facelifted version of the super car takes the modern design direction of Audi a step further and now the team at ABT Sportsline is looking to take the driving experience to another level.
Sitting behind the driver and passenger is a 5.2-liter V-10 engine spitting out 525 horsepower in stock form. That’s usually enough to put a smile on your face, but the folks at ABT Sportsline wanted more. The 5.2-liter V-10 was equipped with a new weight-optimized stainless steel exhaust system with quad tips to expel an exciting sound. The engine was then given the ABT Power treatment that ups power all the way up to 600 horsepower and 406 lb-ft. of torque, sending the R8 to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds and to a top speed of 199 mph – just short of the 200 mph barrier.
With the ABT Audi R8 V10 being capable of easily reaching triple-digit speeds, the German tuner had to optimize the aerodynamics to improve stability without adding weight. They opted for a full, visible carbon fiber body kit that adds style and aids performance. The fascia of the Audi R8 benefits from a new front skirt that increases downforce and a set of intake grilles that flank a new ABT center grille. A pair of weight-optimized side skirts adds a dynamic style to the side profile and run to the rear where a large rear wing and bumper fascia sits. The bumper features a three-dimensional outlet design and diagonally-stacked exhaust tips for a clean and custom look.
The final touch for the ABT Sportsline Audi R8 5.2 was the chassis, where the German tuner again, optimized the car for weight and performance. The chassis benefits from either a set of suspension springs for V-10 models or a height-adjustable coilovers for models with the V-8 engine. Both options provide a more dynamic ride quality and improved center of gravity. Customers can also choose from 9.0 x 19 and 11.0 x 19 CR alloy or ER-F lightweight forged wheels paired up with 235/35 and 305/30 R19 performance tires.
The new Audi R8 by ABT Sportsline is currently available with all of the upgrades as a complete package or individual accessories. Pricing for the modifications has not been released.
ABT Sportsline Audi R8 5.2 Specifications
Displacement: 5.2 liters
Number of Cylinders: V-10
Maximum Horsepower: 600
Maximum Torque: 405.6 lb-ft. (5550 Nm)
-ABT Power tuning
-Weight-optimized stainless steel exhaust
Wheels, Tires, and Suspension:
Wheels: ABT CR Sport Wheels or ER Sport Wheels lightweight forged alloy
Front Wheels: 9.0 x 19
Rear Wheels: 11.0 x 19
Front Tires: 235/35 R19
Rear Tires: 305/30 R19
Suspension: Suspension springs (V-10) or Coilovers (V-8)
-Carbon fiber front skirt with new intake grilles and spoiler
-Carbon fiber front grille
-Carbon fiber side skirts
-Carbon fiber rear spoiler wing
-Carbon fiber rear skirt
[Source: ABT Sportsline]