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When exactly four decades ago Audi presented the “80”, the new A4’s “forefather”, ABT was
part of it. The traditional Bavarian company has quenched drivers’ thirst for high-performance
cars from the very beginning and individualised the medium-sized cars from Germany. “The
A4 is a benchmark against which Audi’s competitors have to be measured. This car sets
premium standards”, says Hans-Jürgen Abt, managing director of ABT Sportsline. As the
ABT AS4 it stands for maximum dynamics and agility, but also for economic efficiency,
roadworthiness and a self-confidently discreet design. The same applies to the practical
A4 Avant. The new ABT AS4 is the latest milestone in a successful development that began
40 years ago.
The range of engines for the A4 and A4 Avant has something for everyone. Frequent drivers
who want to be both fast and economical can use the balanced and powerful diesel engines.
The 3.0 TDI in its ABT version with 300 hp (221 kW) and 570 Nm is a cool and dependable
companion in every situation. Its 55 hp (41 kW) and 70 Nm uprating make for much torque
and sportiness. The “little” Diesel is particularly economical in its 2 liter version, available
in two variants. Depending upon the original standard performance, it has up to 205 hp
(151 kW). And with 420 Nm (serial version: 380 Nm) it shows a lot of torque. The two turbo
petrol engines are also sporty, efficient and active: The 1.8 TFSI ABT has 211 hp or 155 kW
(serial version: 170 hp/125 kW). The 2.0 TFSI is a product of much engineering process and
motor sport know-how: its 270 hp or 199 kW (serial version: 211 hp/155 kW) turn the new
ABT AS4 in a fully roadworthy sports car.
It goes without saying that ABT Sportsline has also developed aerodynamic components for
the A4 limo and the A4 Avant: front spoiler, fender inserts and side skirts give it its elegant
silhouette. The rear end features a striking spoiler, rear skirt and 4-pipe exhaust system, as it
becomes the ABT AS4 and AS4 Avant and their dynamism. The suspension springs lower
the car’s CoG, which, in turn, underscores the car’s looks and makes it easier to drive. What
is really “premium” about it is the ABT performance coil-over kit, which combines
maximum comfort and utmost precision. We recommend to use the ABT wheels CR and DR,
available in 19 and 20 inches. Of course, ABT Sportsline also sells the design wheels with
high-speed tires. After all the ABT AS4 stands for power, prestige and performance even in
the tiniest detail.
If there is one car that defines the premium standard in the compact car segment, it certainly is the Audi A3. And if it comes to sportiness and dynamism, the benchmark is the ABT AS3. For the new series of this successful model, the engineers of the globally largest tuner of cars produced by the Volkswagen Group have been most successful: The engines are very torquey and powerful indeed. The currently most powerful variant with ABT Sportsline shows about 280 hp (206 kW). The upratings and the ABT-typical roadworthiness are now being tested thoroughly, but what we can already say is that the 2.0 TFSI of the new Audi A3 is very potent and powerful. Up 60 hp (44 KW) on the 220 hp (162 kW) standard version is quite something, we think.
And the smaller and very efficient turbo petrol engine is also huge fun. It is a perfect mixture of reason and sportiness: 170 hp or 125 kW (standard version: 140 hp/103 kW) make for a huge drive. Regarding torque and cost savings on long distances in particular, the ABT AS3 with its 2 liter turbo diesel engine is the first choice. Depending upon the original serial performance, it then shows 210 hp (154 kW) or 180 hp (132 kW). That makes the racy compact car a real “lifestyle mule”, which is speedy even when fully loaded.
The ABT AS3 is an exceptional vehicle, a car in which you can really enjoy every single mile you drive. The ABT Sportsline designers also see to it, however, that the new car makes your heart beat faster even when it hasn’t moved one little bit yet: The front grille and front spoiler let the AS3 seem more bulky and impressive; in conjunction with the side skirts they make for an assertive and also harmonious impression. Following the motto “a beautiful rear also can endear”, ABT has come up with a very sporty one here: The rear skirt insert, the striking double two-pipe exhaust and the rear spoiler show what a winner looks like.
ABT Sportsline recommends its CR and DR series’ 18 or 19 inch design wheels. It goes without saying that these are also available in conjunction with high-speed tires. After all, ABT Sportsline makes all components part of the same successful range. The new ABT AS3 is an athlete for all seasons – no more, but also no less. Or, to use the words of Hans-Jürgen Abt, the managing director of this traditional company: “We have dealt with Audi cars for many decades now. We developed the AS3 by utilising all our experience and know-how. Our customers can always depend upon getting a fully harmonised car.“
Look at this: 1,390 kg light, plus a 2 litre turbo engine of 256 hp (188 kW) – the Audi A1 quattro is definitely one of its class’s top dogs. And for ABT Sportsline it is an ideal basis for an exceptional car, as Hans-Jürgen Abt emphasises: “A dynamic engine, an intelligent 4WD and a low weight – our A1 quattro is a real racer.“ For the managing director of the globally largest tuner of cars produced by the Volkswagen Group, this “little devil” is pure energy, provides a lot of fun and with ABT POWER becomes “a racing car for the road”.
Its 307 hp or 226 kW are quite something and its permanent and balanced quattro drive lets this advantage actually find expression on the road. “That’s why I often drive that car myself”, says Hans-Jürgen Abt. After all, ABT Sportsline runs extensive tests not only on the road, but also on race tracks and on the test bench so that the customer can enjoy this car all its life and in full. And the performance of the ABT A1 quattro has also been uprated by using all the experiences made on race tracks worldwide. Always remember: when you read ABT, expect racing competence…
For the A1 quattro this not only means a torque of 400 Nm at 2,500 to 5,000 rpms (standard version: 350 Nm), but also an acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds, three tenth of a second faster than the serial version. The power plus and the additionally improved results do not have an impact upon consumption and exhaust emissions, by the way. And in every day situations this aggressive compact athlete is nothing but gentle and well-mannered, says Hans-Jürgen Abt: “If needed, the A1 quattro reacts immediately if you hit the pedal to the metal and your body won’t lack adrenaline …. But it is also easy to drive through narrow inner city streets.“ Once unleashed, this combination of ABT POWER and quattro drive is a sure winner!
The Audi Q3 looks like a compact bundle of power from every angle. And the “urban off-roader” lives up to this reputation, even if it just has one of the two basic engines under its bonnet, no matter if it is the TDI with 140 or the TFSI with 170 hp (103 or 125 kW). If you’d rather play it safe, you can now order an extra bit of power for these “small” engines from ABT Sportsline and upgrade the car to a QS3. In both cases, the super-reliable performance upgrade goes by the name of ABT Power. The 2.0 TDI already comes with torque to rival a big six-cylinder petrol car as standard. ABT will retrofit the right horsepower levels to give you a massive 21% more: 170 hp instead of 140, or 125 kW instead of 103. On top of that, you get more torque – levels climb from 320 to 370 Nm.
Petrolheads will love the swift 2.0 TFSI engine. With 170 hp (125 kW) the engine proves beyond all doubt that even a petrol engine can be fun in an SUV whilst being easy on the pocket. Anyone ordering the right ABT Power will get a fantastic 240 horsepower (176 kW) at their command. In comparison to what is by no means a feeble engine to start with, this is an increase of a good 41% and incontestably more than just an “academic” value noticeable only on the spec sheet. Thanks to intelligent supercharging, the TFSI models have a massive edge over suction-powered engines in terms of torque – for the values in question rise from 280 to 340 Nm after their Bavarian power upgrade. This much raw power would even make many diesels jealous.
To get the maximum potential out of the new motorisation, there is also the extra option of ABT performance springs. And as people need to be able to see who’s overtaking them, why not order your car a tailor-made Bavarian suit to go with it at the same time? A striking front grille and the matching front skirt give it a look of confidence, and the rear spoiler and rear skirt with the typical ABT 4-pipe exhaust finish off the sporty appearance. And of course, another must for every QS3 are ABT wheels, with the CR and DR design highlights making the perfect match for the confident silhouette of the car. They are available in sizes from 18 to an expressive 21 inches and, as you would expect, also in combination with sports tyres. At the end of the day, even the basic engines are quite enough to get this “urban off-roader” moving. And if you are one of those who can’t get enough of the QS3, you can get a reliable performance upgrade even for the bigger engines.
As the 5-door “Sportback” the Audi A1 represents the perfect entry for everyone who often carries passengers. Its look and feel and powerful engines are really “upper class”. ABT Power transforms the compact car into an AS1 and makes it strong enough to easily cope with the weight of additional passengers.
With a little help from ABT, the turbo petrol engine 1.4 TFSI (production version:
185 hp / 136 kW), has up to 210 hp (154 kW) making the AS1 Sportback a real motorway shocker, coming close to the 240km/h limit and getting from naught to 100 in 6.6 seconds. The smaller version has 160 hp or 118 kW (standard version: 122 hp / 90 kW). Even the 1.2l basic TFSI is very “relaxed”. After all, the globally largest tuner of vehicles of the Volkswagen Group turns 86 hp (63 kW) into torquey 110 hp (81 kW). However, Audi and ABT Sportsline have always also featured really powerful diesel engines. ABT Power makes the 1.6 TDI have 125 hp (91 kW), while the production version has 105 hp (77 kW). The “ABTed” 2.0 top diesel (production version 143 hp / 105 kW) offers 170 hp (125 kW).
Upon request, this compact and powerful car is available in three cool designs. “There is the chilly ALOHA in its Hawaii look, the charming and funny KLECKS or the waspish HIGH-VOLTAGE with its martial Skulls“, CEO Hans-Jürgen Abt explains. The both fresh and original looks are much more than just a wrap. After all, for every set ABT also has tone-in-tone front lips, side skirts, wing inserts, rear skirt inserts and a spoiler – in brushed aluminium or grass-green or lavender
To make the ABT AS1 Sportback sound as it should, the Bavaria-based company has installed a 2-pipe-exhaust system. But what makes the car really complete are the corresponding alloy rims. The 18-inch DR wheels or the 17 or 18-inch Z Titan are perfect. If you see such a complete car, you know why the compact ABT AS1 Sportback should not be called a “small” car.
The design is simply exciting. The Audi A7 is among the most elegant silhouettes in the entire premium segment. The “Sportback” is a really chic model – and sporty at that. This particularly applies to the ABT AS7, which is not only a paper tiger but also a real one, exactly as its drivers would expect. Hans-Jürgen Abt, CEO of ABT Sportsline, summarises what these expectations are: “You should be able to feel that you are actually sitting in a ‘sports car’ all the time. But the car also has to be comfortable and suitable for everyday use.“ It goes without saying that the “AS” in ABT AS7 stands for “astonishingly sporty”. After all, its development was based upon all the motorsport and touring car experience of ABT. The AS7 embodies all the know-how that the largest tuner of cars of the Volkswagen Group has.
The new premium Sportback’s facts are impressive: We may disclose, even before the extensive tests have been concluded, that it has at least 520 hp (382 kW). By comparison with the very dynamic sstandard version, this is 100 hp (74 kW) more. The top speed is 290 km/h. The elegant luxury car is a vehicle that is also huge fun when being driven at high speeds. A torque of 650 Nm lets the V8 cope with every situation. “Our AS7 is powerful, torquey, but also easily controllable”, says Hans-Jürgen Abt. This chic sports car from Bavaria is simply an ideal travel companion and racer.
Befitting the sporty potential are the CR or DR alloy wheels in 20 or 21 inches. It goes without saying that ABT also sells these design wheels in combination with high-performance tyres. After all, it is only at high speeds that the potential of the fast ABT AS7 can be fully utilised. The right suspension springs guarantee an even more sporty feeling when taking a curve. Alternatively, ABT can also provide a lower air suspension setting called ABT Level Control.
And all those who would rather want a real limo or Avant station wagon but not do without the sporty ABT spirit, this could be interesting news indeed: ABT Sportsline is currently developing a similar performance package for the S6 as well. This is the A6’s faster brother, as it were. We will shortly provide you with this premium car’s exact specifications.
The new ABT S8 is a real sports-car limo. And what on earth is a sports-car limo, you may now ask yourself?! Well, the answer certainly sounds simpler than its technical realisation is: Such a car combines the standards of an elegant, luxurious touring car with a super sports-car’s power and handling characteristics.
And the AS8 is ABT Sportsline’s sports-car limo. “For us, the new AS8 is the best of both worlds, that is, the best in terms of both comfort and acceleration and agility“, says Hans-Jürgen Abt, managing director of the globally largest tuner of cars produced by the Volkswagen Group. “After all, the AS8 has to meet our premium customers’ standards when it comes to performance and luxuriousness.” Read the rest of this entry »