ABT Sportsline is the first to tune the 2018 Audi RS5 Coupe

Article by Christian A., on August 13, 2017

Earlier this year, Audi revealed the 2018 Audi RS5 Coupe at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and not long after it has been unveiled, tuners are getting their hands on it, and giving it their own style and performance upgrade. German tuner ABT Sportline is one of the first tuners that have already tuned the two-door Audi Sport performance coupe.

When delivered straight from the factory, the RS5 Coupe is equipped with a 2.9 liter V6 with as much as 450 horsepower and 443 pound-feet (600 Newton-metres) of torque. That is already quite impressive, but ABT decided to push its output even further to an additional 60 HP and 59 lb-ft (80 Nm) of torque from the TFSI engine. That gives the RS5 a total of 510 horsepower (375 kilowatts) and 502 pound-feet (680 Nm) or torque.

For those who have already purchased an RS5 Coupe, or are about to get one, you might want to know that the German tuner will ask for €4,760 (or $5,600) for the package they are offering. This includes assembly of the parts at their facility, but excludes VAT.

We do not know the complete list of performance figures just yet since the tuner has not tested the car. But we are convinced that it will be much faster than the standard version due to the power bump. The regular model can already do the 0-62 mile per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) sprint in just 3.9 seconds. That is already half a second quicker than its predecessor with the naturally aspirated V8 engine, while continuing on to a top speed of 174 miles per hour (280 kph) with the optional dynamic package. Without it, the maximum speed is 155 miles per hour (250 kph). Now, imagine how much faster the tuned version will be when it does the 0-62 mile sprint.

So far, we know that Audi is developing its very first RS5 Sportback, and the ABT power pack will likely be compatible with this model, knowing that they will be utilizing the same engine. Furthermore, Audi is also planning to unveil the RS4 Avant at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.

Apart from the power upgrade, ABT will be adding a lot more upgrades on the RS5 Coupe. It will have LED entrance lights mounted on the front doors that will project ABT Sportline's logo on the ground. The look will be completed with a set of 20-inch alloy wheels. After seeing the ABT Sportline package for the RS5 Coupe, are you convinced to get one for yourself?

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Keeping a respectful distance: ABT gets impressive 510 HP in the Audi RS5

That was close: With a little help from ABT Sportsline the Audi S5 already reaches 425 HP (313 kW) which is dangerously close to the level of its big brother RS5 which has only 25 HP more ex works. But CEO Hans-Jürgen Abt will set matters straight with a new performance package which increases the power of the RS5: “By means of our ABT Power control unit, the V6 twin turbo engine is able to generate 510 HP (375 kW). The 680 Nm maximum torque feels like a hammer in the small of your back.”

In its base version the current Audi RS5 with its 450 PS (331 kW) does not have more HP than its predecessor with the high-revving V8 engine. The new V6 twin turbo engine, however, is clearly superior in terms of torque already ex works: 600 Nm compared to formerly 430 Nm. In addition to the 60 HP increase, ABT has also increased the torque by another 80 Nm. Anyone who is familiar with ABT Sportsline, knows that somewhere in the “hallowed halls of speed” in Kempten, an even more powerful and limited RS5 model is being developed, too.

The existing range of attractive 20 inch alloy wheels already displays perfect harmony. Depending on the model, those rims are available in many shades of black, ranging from mystic black over black magic and glossy black to matt black. Sometimes a diamond-machined finish is also used on contrast surfaces. Currently available are the designs DR, FR and GR, as well as the exclusively forged wheel ER-F. All rims can also be purchased from ABT Sportsline as complete wheel sets, either with Dunlop or Continental tires.

And for those who want to counter black with some light, the cool integrated entrance light is available which uses LEDs to project the ABT Logo onto the ground.

Source: ABT Sportsline

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