ABT offers tuning package for the 2011 Audi A7 Sportback

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 12, 2011

ABT has prepared an aftermarket package for the 2011 Audi A7 Sportback that targets the vehicle’s engine, suspension and exterior. It’s interesting how ABT uses the words “magical moment” and “elegant feline predator” for this modification kit.

Both the 3.0-liter TFSI (which generates 245 hp and 450 Nm in stock form) and 3.0-liter TDI V6 (with a stock output of 300 hp) engines have received upgrades. ABT has a two-stage power upgrade for the oil-burner, with the output increased to 282 hp and 500 Nm or 310 hp and 610 Nm.

The output of the supercharged petrol unit has also been raised to 410 hp. The connection to the road was also modified, with the installation of a Level Control module that lowers the air suspension. ABT offers options for a set of custom lightweight alloy rims.

Customers may choose from various models that range from 19 to 21 inches. The A7’s exterior has also been given a modified front bumper, side skirts and rear apron (which houses quadruple exhaust pipes).

ABT General Manager Christian Abt said that the A7 is a car “whose optical qualities also must be reflected in its driving performance.” He explained that the diesel engine suits the A7 perfectly, since it combines torque and unbridled power with the best economy.

One look at the Audi A7 Sportback and it is obvious that it is an Audi that is as innovative as it is elegant. This is confirmed with the sporty proportions, curved outer shape, short overhangs, long hood, and the long wheelbase.

Audi has been the leader when it comes to automotive design and with the A7 Sportback, it marks the next step in its design language’s evolution. Its design shows a strong presence and powerful attraction as if it wants to be touched and enjoyed. With balanced proportions and a low roof line, the A7 Sportback has the appearance of a coupe. In addition, its rear doors have been seamlessly incorporated to the profile.

The whole design is consistent and manages to express in every detail the aesthetics represented by modern technology. This is evident from the precisely drawn lines, to the athletic curvature of its surfaces, and even to the engine compartment and the wheels.

On the front, there’s the single-frame grille with six corners similar to the brand’s A8 flagship. This also ensures that that it has a more dynamic appearance. The grille’s slats come in a high-gloss black paint and have chrome applications displaying its quality.

The horizontal position and how the low and wide air inlets have been designed to highlight the width of this vehicle. As expected from the brand, while the headlights may be small, it is a good example of a technical work of art that shows the advantages that the brand has obtained in terms of lighting technology. The flat outline widens horizontally and changes the optical focus to the outside. Its lower edge has the same shape as that of a wave with the classic Audi feature, a wing, forming its interior.

Equipped as standard are the xenon headlights incorporated with the all-weather lights. Another option offered is the brand’s adaptive light system. This system enables correct lighting whether one is turning, driving within the city, driving on the highway, and even when running on inter-urban roads.

There is also the continuous headlight range control which can detect other vehicles and then it makes the necessary adjustment to its own light. Also offered as an option are the all-LED headlights, a major innovation from the brand which was first seen in the A8 and R8. While the white light looks similar to daylight, it remains to be very energy efficient. These zero-maintenance LED headlights help create graphics whether in daytime or at night.

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Elegance in its most impressive form – the new ABT A7

Your first glance at the elongated outline of the A7 is a magical moment which you will want to repeat again and again. Like an elegant feline predator, the vehicle shows that it is ready to pounce at any time and is very dynamic. The ABT side skirts support this impression further. They make the extravagant Audi seem even more muscular, it is a sports car in a perfect tailor-made suit. The front spoiler and the rear skirt set with the distinctive 4-pipe exhaust unit underline the fact that ABT has placed special emphasis on "sport" with the new A7 Sportback.

"For us the A7 is a car whose optical qualities also must be reflected in its driving performance", explains Christian Abt. The General Manager of the traditional Bavarian company, who is responsible for technical developments, stresses that the A7 has to meet and the high demands of its owner, both as a premium road vehicle and as a sporting machine. This applies to both the 3.0 TFSI and the 3.0 TDI. "We think that the diesel engine suits the A7 perfectly, as it combines torque and unbridled power with the highest possible economy", says Christian Abt. With ABT POWER the series standard 245 HP (180 kW) is increased to a powerful 282 HP (207 kW). The torque also rises from 450 Nm to an impressive 500 Nm. The big turbo diesel runs even more powerfully with ABT POWER S: this is because the "in-house" turbo charger from ABT SPORTSLINE is applied and the Sportback therefore brings 310 HP (228 kW) onto the road. With its powerful torque of 610 Nm the machine is both superior and offers high-torque and quick acceleration in every situation. The ABT A7 becomes a real sports car with a petrol engine: thanks to ABT POWER the six cylinders now offer 410 HP (302 kW), compared to the series-standard 300 HP (221 kW).

ABT offers designer light alloy wheels in the sizes 19 to 21 inch to suit the extravagant Coupé limousine with the practical tailgate. The alloys are, of course, also available in combination with high-performance tyres, so that nothing else stands in the way of driving enjoyment. In combination with the lowering of the air suspension thanks to ABT Level Control, the ABT A7 now sticks to the road even more. Impressive performance, elegance and extravagance now have a new name – ABT A7.

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