What does it take to transform a good looking car into an amazing piece of fiery carbon fiber goodness? Well, for starters, it takes tons of carbon fiber (a given), a red exterior paint job, and an engine update fit for a street king. Potential suitor, meet your mate in the Audi R8 Spyder made over by ABT Sportsline . Their package, called the R8 GT S, made its world debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and instantly grabbed hold of our hearts.
For this project, ABT took the standard V10 engine and updated its output to an impressive 620 HP, up from the standard 525 HP. The result is a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of just 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph. But the most impressive feature for the new R8 GT S is its exterior and interior look. ABT has chosen to dress up the Audi R8 in full carbon fiber garbs, from the bonnet to the rear wing, and then doused it with a sleek red paint finish. The same treatment has also been applied in the interior.
Hit the jump to read more about the ABT R8 GT S.
We like...no scratch that...We love the Audi R8 Spyder and we’re guessing most people feel the same way. Now add the most impressive tuning package ever offered for the Spyder R8 and it’s an instant match made in heaven. ABT Sportsline uses carbon fiber from the bonnet all the way to the rear wing, including carbon fiber goodness at the front skirt, rear skirt, windscreen frame cover, red air scoops, engine bonnet, and exterior mirrors. The car sits on new light metal alloy ABT BR in 20 or CR Superlight in 19".
For the interior, the R8 GT S continues the same exterior treatment: the center console, the shifting gate, and parts of the door panels are covered in red carbon, while the remaining parts of the doors and the dashboard were covered with new leather. The sports seats are covered in red and black leather.
In its standard version, the Audi R8 Spyder is powered by a V10 engine that delivers a total of 525 Hp. Impressive, but it’s just not enough and ABT Sportsline concurs. Their package includes new ABT Power technology and a new exhaust system that increases the total output to 620 HP. As a result, the sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 3.6 seconds while top speed goes up to 198 mph.
The German tuner has yet to provide any details as far as pricing for this perfect vehicular specimen. However, if anyone loves this package for the Audi R8 as much as we do, then its price will not even come close to mattering.
This isn’t Abt Sportsline’s first trip around the block with the R8 Spyder. Last year, they released a nice little tuning package that increased the total output to 600 HP. Their previous package delivered the same performance numbers as the R8 GT S: 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph, but wasn’t as good looking as the GT S.
However, the most impressive engine update for the R8 Spyder comes from STaSIS Engineering . Their update package delivers an impressive 710 hp and 523 lb-ft of torque. The added power is downright wonderful, but the look of the ABT GT S is perfect, bar none.
- Impressive engine update
- Faster than standard model
- Looks great on both the exterior and the interior
- Sorry, we love everything about the R8 GT S