2008 Essen Motor Show: Audi Q5 by ABT

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

It is always a guarantee that you will get an exceptional vehicle when the engineers and designers with ABT Sportsline determine to tune an SUV. This happened to the Touareg, AS7 and Tiguan and will be sustained with the latest ABT Q5. The stylish crossover vehicle is by concept a first-rate version in the class of compact SUVs, however "such a wonderful car always spurs us to create something really special," says Hans-Jurgen Abt.

The ABT Sportsline managing director underscores that it is about "blending our philosophy with the character of the car." This came out perfectly with the new ABT Q5. The Allgau SUV is swift, muscular, smooth, extravagant, totally adaptive and consequently gains five commendations.

The ABT Audi Q5 displays impressiveness, harmony and superiority from just about any angle. The front skirt with the incorporated underride guard finds its counterpart in the rear skirt, which, in a very stylish way, also conceals the tow bar. The tough-looking front grill, the fender extensions and the active door strip attachments form a single unit. The rear wing, the 4-pipe-rear muffler and the 20-inch BR wheel rim also fit in favorably into the stylish total image.

Truly, the ABT Q5 is a vehicle for all events. This vehicle fits in no matter where it is parked. Trailing in the tracks of its larger the AS7 sibling from Kempten, the Q5 where the "S" in "SUV" stands for "particularly sporty". An authentic ABT has all the time had considerably more power, even more so in the all-wheel drive configuration. The two diesel motors overflow with energy, because of ABT Power, the 2.0 TDI generates a powerful 190hp (140 kW) in place of the previous 170hp (125 kW).

The 3.0 TDI produces the most potent performance for the ABT Q5, with ABT Power S, it attains 310 hp or 228 kW (Series: 240hp/177 kW) on any environment. Specifically impressive is its peak torque of 610 Nm. Likewise, the 2.0 TFSI is ideally suited for the SUV from Kempten, this is due largely to the ABT Power, 211 hp (155 kW) are turned into an athletic 240 hp (177 kW). As the upgrade in power is done, so also the suspension and brakes have to be adapted to the heightened power level.

This is the reason why Abt is providing a fine tuned pack for the Q5 which includes suspension springs, reducing the car's center of gravity or also the tested and proven ABT Level Control, an electronic reducer for the Continuous Damping Control (CDC) air suspension. Concerning deceleration, the ABT sports brake system offers a safety maximum, which conforms to the ever increasing requirements. The diameter of the brake disks, which is 380mm, are sufficiently tough for the agile SUV and looks exceptionally good behind the 20-inch-wheel rims type BR or AR.

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