For ABT, customizing a car is as easy as 1, 2, 3. The German tuner-car specialist just announced completion of its newest project, the RS5-R, an upgraded version of the already hot Audi RS5. It comes with a big power bump, suspension modifications, extra splashes of carbon fiber, and beefy exhaust outlets, among other enhancements.
The most significant improvements are under the hood. ABT Sportsline massaged the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 to produce 530 horsepower and 509 lb-ft of torque, up from 450 horsepower and 443 lb-ft. ABT claims that’s good for a 3.6-second sprint from zero to 62 mph.
Beyond straight-line performance, ABT also addressed handling. The RS5-R has ABT sport anti-roll bars and ABT height-adjustable springs for a custom ride height. A coil-over suspension with ABT shock absorbers is currently in the works and will be an option in the future. ABT also gave the RS5-R ABT Sport GT 21-inch wheels.
And then there’s the carbon fiber. ABT added carbon fiber to the Audi with a new front splitter, a hexagonal grille surround, and aero elements on the bumper corners. The carbon continues with optional front fender vents, side strakes, a rear lip spoiler, and an aggressive rear diffuser. A
quartet of four-inch carbon fiber exhaust pipes complete the exterior package. Even more carbon is found inside, in the form of a gearshift cover, door and dash accents, and paddle shifters.