Ascribing poetic hyperbole and terms of endearment to Audi’s R8 is pure cliche at this point. We know it’s good. The only thing that wasn’t just as spectacular as everything else about the car was the engine, a 4.2 liter V8 packing a diminutive 420hp, chicken feed compared with the likes of Ferrari’s 600 plus horsepower 599.
And then came the 5.2 FSI V10. “Oh, snap!” we thought. 525hp. The R8 is perfect.
Well, not to the likes of ABT Sportsline, who never listened to Lynyrd Skynyrd about being a simple kind of man.
Enter: the ABT RR8 5.2 FSI V10. Tuner alphabet soup at its finest. ABT treats the 5.2 V10 to the predictable buffet of carbon fiber cosmetic upgrades, as well as a 75hp boost in output. This means the new R8 can blast to 62mph in 3.8 seconds and hit a top speed is 322 km/h (that’s 200mph for non-metrics users).
Personally, we’re fans of the red accents on the aerodynamic accouterments. Because, when you’re not satisfied with the stock R8, any attempt at subtlety is pure pretense on your part.
For a hi-res gallery, a full list of parts, and the rhetoric from ABT too biased to be listed on Wikipedia, click the jump.
The specifics go something like this:
ABT ENGINE TECHNOLOGY
Engine: 5.2 FSI, V10, 5.204 ccm capacity
Performance tuning: ABT POWER
Performance: 600 HP/441 kW (standard: 525 HP/386 kW)
ABT front grille
ABT front skirt
ABT side skirts
ABT rear skirt
ABT rear wing
ABT WHEEL TECHNOLOGY
ABT AR and BR; 20 inch; diamond-cut or high-gloss polished
Available also as complete set of wheels with high performance tyres
ABT EXHAUST TECHNOLOGY
ABT rear skirt set, consisting of the ABT rear skirt and the ABT rear pipes
Ten cylinders. 600 HP. The Abt R8 5.2 FSI
These figures make the hearts of sports car drivers beat faster: 600 HP (441 kW), acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds, top speed of 322 km/h. The car to which these impressive performance figures belong is the ABT R8 5.2 FSI. Its V10 engine draws plenty of power from its large 5,204 cubic centimetre capacity – all the more if ABT POWER gives it an extra boost. 75 extra HP or 55 more kW provides a powerful trust at all speeds as well as increasing the torque.
The fact that the medium-engine super sports car becomes a winner on any track is not just due to its excellent performance characteristics, but also the perfectly coordinated bodywork package. It has been designed by the DTM crew of ABT Sportsline according to the latest motorsport knowledge, including the use of high-end carbon materials. The focus was above all on the optimum distribution of weight and a systematic light-weight construction. “The 600 HP is not just intended to exist on paper, but also be available on the road”, says Christian Abt. At the same time the ABT R8 thereby looks extremely dynamic. The front spoiler, side sills and rear apron outline the bodywork and give it a more powerful presence even when at a standstill. They form one unit with the distinctive rear wing and the typical ABT 4-pipe exhaust system.
The super sports car is presented on BR-type 20-inch wheels which suit the classic design. The ABT R8 5.2 FSI is a design milestone and is of course very, very fast. This is because the 600 ABT horsepower contain, what the dynamic design of the car promises.