Audi TT RS-R gets the ABT Sportsline treatment and 500 hp

Article by Christian A., on July 29, 2017

Audi introduced the TT RS Coupe earlier this year at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and now, we finally get to see the same updates on the Roadster.

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.

Press Release

So close to Heaven: Pure Driving Pleasure with the ABT TT RS-R Roadster

Life raises countless questions but only gives few answers. These are sometimes surprisingly obvious, however. For example, the answer to the question of the perfect car for summer can only be ABT TT RS-R Roadster. After the fine-tuning by ABT Sportsline, the world's most powerful series ex factory five cylinder achieves a formidable 500 HP (368 kW) at 570 Nm, guaranteeing even greater driving pleasure and performance. The convertible's optimized motor management, combined with enhanced styling promises the Summer of your Life.

ABT Power R titillates a formidable additional 100 HP from the Audi TT RS's 2.5 petrol engine, allowing it to reach 100 km/h entire 0.5 seconds faster. "We always achieve the maximum in terms of performance of the engines," managing director Hans-Jürgen Abt stresses. "But never more than technically reasonable. Therefore, there is no risk to the vehicle, and our customers don't have to compromise to benefit from an ABT." The ABT TT RS-R Roadster has been given the right stainless steel exhaust system with double tailpipe trims, so that the sound really does do justice to the additional power.

Besides the technical improvements, numerous visual changes have been made out- and inside the vehicle. For example, add-ons made from carbon fibre enhance the exterior, giving the limited edition of 50 ABT TT RS-R a significantly more elegant and sportier look. Among other things a front spoiler, front flics and front blades have been added. The new, exclusive front grille frame with red TT RS-R lettering has also found its way into the model. Further details, such as the side skirt add-ons with side blades and the multi-part rear skirt, create consistent highlights. Finally, the 20-inch ABT SPORT GR wheels in "glossy black" with diamond machined flange are a clear indication that the ABT RR RS-R Roadster is no normal vehicle.

Refined seats with TT RS-R logo and numerous badges are now waiting in the inside, which points equally to the Roadster's exclusivity and origin. The ABT LED-door entrance lights have also found their way into the Audi and project the ABT TT RS-R logo onto the asphalt each time you open the door. Should the ABT TT RS-R Roadster's available equipment contrary to expectations fail to satisfy all demands, ABT Sportsline's extensive range of optional add-ons is available. For example, the catalog includes a leather and carbon interior as well as different rims or sports stabilizers. The experts at ABT Individual are on hand, who offer tailored handcrafted solutions for models that are absolutely unique.

Source: ABT Sportsline

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