A modified GTR aftermarket program for the Audi R8 is what ABT Sportsline will debut at the Geneva Motor Show. ABT focused its improvements on the V10-powered R8 that is powered by a 5.2-liter FSI engine that develops 550 HP (404 kW) and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) in the Plus version. ABT’s engineers are capable of raising the output to 620 HP (456 kW) and 550 Nm (405 lb-ft) of torque.
Accelerating from zero to 62mph can be accomplished by the stock V10 R8 in 3.5 seconds, while the ABT-tuned variant can do so in 3.2 seconds. The standard model is capable of hitting a top speed of 193 mph (311 km/h) while the facelifted model can reach 202 mph (325 km/h).
Carbon fiber was used for the side skirts, hood, front and rear apron, rear wing and also for the adjustable front splitter. With these modifications, the Audi R8 GTR by ABT has become lighter than the standard model by 110 kg (242 lbs) to achieve a final weight of 1,515 kg (3,340 lbs). The other changes include a stainless steel exhaust system, a set of forged 19-inch alloys, and a coil-over sports suspension with adjustable dampers.
Audi R8 is instantly recognizable as the brand's dynamic spearhead. It is 4.44 meters long, 1.90 meters wide, and 1.25 meters tall. It also boasts a wide and hunkered-down road stance. It has sculpturally arched surfaces framed by sharp lines, plus new details that give it a sharper and more distinctive look.
Moreover, the high-performance sports car has a wrap-around contour that visually connects its front, wheel wells, flanks and rear. Its cabin, located far to its front, reflects its mid-engine concept.
What's more, the coupé's sideblades, or the upright air intakes in the front of its rear wheels, are indicative of its engine's position. Also, its right sideblade includes solid aluminum gas cap. Instead of the sideblades, the car's R8 Spyder features large air intakes that are sculpted athletically out of the flanks.
Additionally, at the car's front is a new, eye-catching singleframe grille with tapered top corners. The Audi R8 also comes in high-gloss black, but for the V10 models, they are accentuated with fine chrome strips. Meanwhile, the four rings of Audi's logo are mounted on the hood and not on the grille.
You can also see the bumper redesigned. For all R8 models, the black air intakes directing air to the radiator, as well as the brakes, sport three crossbars.
A front splitter that is made of CFRP or carbon fiber-reinforced polymer is also offered as an option. The splitter comes standard with the R8 V10. Meanwhile, the air intakes in matte Titanium Gray as well as the subtle Singleframe grille modifications signify the special position that the top model occupies.