Abt Sportsline

Abt Sportsline

The Audi RS6 Avant has been in the tuning headlines recently. So much so, that we are starting to wonder if so many owners think it is subpar or if tuners are just starting to recognize that it is ripe for tuning.

We’d like to believe its the latter because the RS6 really is a masterful piece of work. Aftermarket companies are right to be interested in the vehicle, and no more so than one of the biggest Audi tuners in the world: ABT Sportsline.

A day after it introduced a new program for the S3 Coupe, ABT is following it up with its own take of the high-powered German wagon . Unlike the S3 Coupe program, this RS6 Avant was given its share of distinguishable aesthetic upgrades, specifically the addition of new carbon-fiber mirror caps. A stainless steel exhaust silencer system was also installed, as well as new suspension springs, and a new set of either 20- or 22-inch wheels.

Those are some nice additions, but we all know that ABT Sportsline prides itself on its impressive performance programs, and this RS6 received quite a load. From the standard 560 horsepower and 519 pound-feet of torque numbers of the RS6’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, ABT was able to drive it all the way up to a staggering 700 horsepower and 652 pound-feet of torque, allowing the sports wagon to now hit 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds to go with a top speed of 199 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Audi RS6 Avant by ABT Sportsline

Normally, European tuners don’t pay too much attention to an aftermarket show like SEMA , but every so often, some do make the trip across the pond. This year, one of Germany’s biggest tuning firms will be in attendance at SEMA, and it’s not only bringing a program to the event, it’s actually announcing its plans to expand its business into the U.S.

That’s right: ABT Sportsline is coming to America!

But before ABT officially sets shop in Los Angeles beginning next year, the German tuner will be at SEMA to introduce its new program for the Audi A6 .

Billed as the Audi AS6, ABT Sportsline’s programs for Audis have become legendary. The same can be said for this new AS6 program, which comes with a plethora of new aero components, including an ABT front spoiler, fender inserts, side skirts, carbon-look mirror covers and a rear spoiler that was installed in combination with a rear skirt kit.

As far as power upgrades are concerned, the AS6 also boasts an upgrade that turned the output of the A6’s 3.0-liter, TDI engine to an impressive 286 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. That’s an impressive spike from the sedan’s original 240 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque.

As far as ABT Sportsline’s invasion of America, the company will be looking to put its stamp on Audis in America the same way it’s been able to do in Europe, where it’s considered one of the best Audi tuners.

“We look forward to being part of the SEMA’s 50th anniversary party," Hans-Jürgen Abt, CEO of ABT Sportsline, said in a press release. "With the ABT AS6, the more than 100,000 trade visitors at one of the globally most successful automotive fairs can see a perfect, detailed and dynamic total package."

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Audi A6

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The latest VW Beetle upgrades from ABT Sportsline add some real machismo to the styling, performance and handling of this lovable coupe and ragtop. Typically sold on a individual basis, the full ABT kit is also available to turn a stock Beetle into something much more sinister.

The beauty of these ABT upgrades, despite the Euro-market’s sometimes trashy appetite for car modifying products, is that they can generally be applied across any of the engines or trims from the 2011 to present Volkswagen Beetle coupe and cabriolet. This full-line strategy is smart for ABT , and with only a few pieces that are model-year or trim-specific, providing other options to fit a diesel engine or GSR . These guys know Beetles inside and out, so they are a good resource for personalizing your love bug.

Driving a fast Beetle might sound like a joke to serious GTI fans, but there is a special joy in this shape that’s still present after all these years. Additionally, a higher seating position amplifies all the senses, with the G-force feeling even more enjoyable and hilarious inside.

When you pass someone in a fast Beetle, they will be: confused, impressed, and then confused again. That is part of the fun, and ABT certainly gets it.

Click past the jump for all the details on ABT Sportsline’s upgrades to the 2011-present Volkswagen Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet.

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While we await the Audi Q5 RS to arrive, Audi launched the SQ5, which comes in both diesel and gasoline versions. These engines help the SQ5 deliver impressive performance to go with its more aggressive exterior look.The base Audi SQ5 TDI uses a V-6 turbo-diesel engine that delivers a total of 313 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, a little bit more than a base Q5, but considerable less than we expect from a RS model.

Lucky for us, since Audi decided to keep the SQ5 relatively tame, ABT Sportsline decided to push the SQ5 a little harder. This slight nudge pushes the V-6 engine to a total of 360 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

Along with the extra power, ABT also offers a wide-body kit and a wide range of wheels to choose from.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi SQ5 by ABT Sportsline.

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If you want to buy a high-performance station wagon, there are not too many models to choose from, but the Audi S6 Avant is definitely a very good option. In its standard setup, the S6 Avant boasts a 4.0-liter V-8 engine with a total output of 420 horsepower and 550 Nm (406 pound-feet).

Sure, those are rather astounding numbers for a wagon, but this beast can get even more powerful, the only question is where to turn to get a nice boost. ABT Sportsline is happy to answer your S6 -tuning query with its performance kit that adds another 180 horsepower and 200 Nm (147 pound-feet) to the V-8’s final output.

As a result, the AS6-R now pumps out a total of 600 horsepower and a peak torque of 553 pound-feet, which is 40 horsepower and 37 pound-feet more torque than the base RS6 Avant. The ABT AS6-R can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 3.9 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 12.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 310 km/h (192 mph).

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi A6 by ABT Sportsline.

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When Audi announced that it would offer the TT RS to the North American market, we were stoked about it. Though the TT RS is mighty impressive, we were a little bit disappointed that this awesome sports coupe only delivered 360 horsepower. Lucky for us, ABT Sportsline seems to agree with us that the TT RS can much better.

To help satisfy our power hunger, ABT Sportsline developed an upgrade kit for both the TT RS and the TT RS Plus models that pushes it to extreme levels. The tuner installed a self-developed ABT air-to-air intercooler and an ABT turbocharger.

The end result is an increase in output up to a total of 470 horsepower and 464 pound-feet – up from 343 pound-feet in the stock model. With the extra power under the hood, the ABT TT RS sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 177 mph – this equals a 0.2-second faster 0-to-60 mph time and a 3 mph increase in top speed.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi TT RS by ABT Sportsline.

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The most powerful model in the Audi A4 lineup comes equipped with a 3.0 TFSI engine that delivers a total of 272 horsepower. Pretty good, but what if the A4 could do better?

ABT Sportsline had this question in mind and developed its new AS4 package that takes the output to an amazing 380 horsepower, which is even more impressive than the 333 horsepower that the S4 delivers. Peak torque was also increased to 369 pound-feet, which represents an increase of 74 pound-feet.

Customers interested can update any other version in the A4 lineup: the 1.8 engine can be increased to 211 horsepower and the 2.0 liter TFSI to 270 horsepower. If you drive a diesel car you can also opt for some improvements. The 2.0 TDI version can be tricked to deliver 205 horsepower and the 3.0 TDI 300 horsepower.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi A4 by ABT Sportsline.

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After taking care of the standard seventh-gen Golf and the GTI version , German tuner, ABT Sportsline, decided to do the same with the GTD version .

It’s no surprise that the updates offered for the GTD version are nearly identical to the ones offered in the standard version and include updates to the exterior and some extra horses under the hood.

Most of the work was made under the hood where the tuner installed its ABT Power kit that increases the four-cylinder’s output up to a total of 210 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque - up from the standard 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.

To give the Golf the look to match the added power, ABT Sportsline also offers an aerodynamic kit and a set of aftermarket wheels. Also, for a better engine sound, the rear pipes were replaced with new ones.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf GTD by ABT Sportsline.

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We never considered the Audi R8 a model that needs much improvement. We think it has everything it needs: beauty, style and power.

The folks over at ABT Sportsline have developed a very cool kit for the 2013 R8 V10 and transformed it into "an extreme athlete." The tuner started by doing some tricks under the hood, including installing an ABT POWERed kit that increases the engine’s output to a total of 600 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque - up from the standard 525 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque.

Thanks to these upgrades, the ABT R8 V10 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 198 mph. That’s a 0.2-second drop in 0-to-60 time and a 2 mph increase in top speed from the factory numbers.

Also, because it is even more powerful than the standard version, the tuner equipped it with new ABT suspension springs and coil-overs that both lowered the car’s ride and improved road behavior.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R8 V10 by ABT Sportsline.

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Volkswagen Tiguan received a first update at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and surprisingly, no major tuning kits have been announced for the small SUV since then. Today however, German tuner, ABT Sportsline, announced a complete upgrade kit for the Tiguan that includes exterior and upgrades for nearly every engine in the lineup.

The exterior kit includes a new front grille, new door strip attachments and for the rear, a new skirt that hides the exhaust pipes and a new spoiler. The tuner is advising its clients to opt for either the ER-C or DR wheels, but CR alloy wheels are also available.

Under the hood, the tuner upgrades both the petrol and diesel engines. The 2.0-liter TDI version is tuned to 140, 170 or 195 horsepower (up from the standard 110, 140 and 170 horsepower). The 1.4-liter turbo version now delivers 160, 180 or 210 horsepower, depending on the version your Tiguan has. For the most powerful engine, the 2.0-liter TSI engine delivers either 230 or 260 horsepower.


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