In 1896, Johann Abt started a blacksmith shop in Kempten, Germany. Currently, the company is focusing on projects involving a variety of cars from the Volkswagen Group, from the Skoda Citigo to the Audi R8 supercar. One of ABT Sportline’s latest project is the TT RS, making it resemble its bigger brother more.
Dubbed TT RS-R, ABT Sportsline is only upgrading 50 units each of the coupe and the roadster. Both models will be equipped with a five-cylinder, turbocharged 2.5-liter engine that can produce an extra 100 horsepower more than the standard model - giving out a total of 500 horsepower (368 kilowatts) and 570 Newton-metres (420 lb-ft) of torque. That is an additional 90 Nm (66 lb-ft).
As for the performance, the roadster can now go quicker by half a second compared to the outgoing model when doing the 0 to 62 mile per hour (200 kilometers per hour) sprint. Having said that, it can now do the sprint in just 3.4 seconds - that is just a tenth of a second slower than the new R8 V10 Spyder Plus that was newly introduced. They did not provide us with more details like the top speed, but we know that the standard TT RS Roadster can go a maximum of 174 miles per hour (280 kilometers per hour).
Hans Jurgen Abt, managing director of ABT, said that the company seeks to achieve the best they could in terms of performance of the engines, but only to the point that it is still reasonable. Having said that, customers do not have to compromise as they won’t be putting their lives at risk when driving the car.
Like the Coupe, some of the visual updates that will be given to the Roadster include the front spoiler, front blades, exclusive grille frame, side skirts add ons with side blades, rear skirt, and of course, the glossy black 20 -inch wheels and stainless steel exhaust system with quad pipes that finish off the package. A lot of these upgrades are made of carbon fiber to keep it lightweight.
The cabin now gets newly refined seats with TT RS-R logo and some badges. The interior can be personalized with carbon fiber, leather trim, and many other exciting features. So far, ABT has not published the price tag of the TT RS-R. Sources say that customers can order individual parts instead and install them onto the standard version of the current generation.