Our buddies over at GT Spirit were able to take the ABT Sportsline-tuned Audi AS5-R out for a run in Dubai recently. There’s not a whole lot going on because we didn’t actually see the car’s full exterior and because GT Spirit isn’t divulging further details surrounding their city excursion in Dubai on-board the AS5-R.
On a separate note, is it too far-fetched to say that the Middle East, particularly the Dubai-Abu Dhabi region, has become the exotic car capital of the world? It’s beginning to look like it. What it is not currently looking like is a place for morons to take their thrill-seeking personalities out for a spin on the public roads.
Remember those two hooners that used the Sheik Zayed Road in Dubai as their own personal playground? Well, it looks like the local Dubai police weren’t exactly pleased with the antics of the two, arresting them and impounding the Nissan Patrol and Toyota pick-up that were used in their public display of hoonage. The two thrill-seekers are currently facing charges and could very well be facing three years in prison for their reckless - yet highly entertaining - stunt.
Note to everyone out there. Hooning isn’t exactly against the law provided you do it in the right setting. Race tracks are a good place to do it. Public highways? Not so much.
When the heat of summer comes, you can expect a lot of things to happen. People will be coming out of their houses adhering to the time-tested adage "less is more". That’s right, goodbye to those long winter coats, those almost-knee-high boots, and most of all: layers!
And as is the case with summer, tank tops and shorts aren’t the only things people bring out when the sun is bright and shiny. At this time of the year, you can also expect cars to roll around with their tops down. After all, isn’t that the best way to enjoy a nice little ride out to town during the summer?
That being said, ABT Sportsline is gearing up for the season with a new line-up of convertibles that will surely pique the curiosities of those in the market for a new car to flaunt during the summer. And if you’re one of them, you can check out these Audi Abt convertibles - there’s an ABT S3 Cabrio, an ABT S5 Cabrio, and of course, the R8 V10 Spyder - to satiate your convertible appetite because nothing spells out summer more than riding in a top-down convertible with the wind blowing in your face.
You know what are the advantages of being a police officer? After catching the bad guys - especially those that have sweet rides - you can also use their, uhm...so-called ’assets’ like, say, a £40,000 Audi Q7 TDI tuned by Abt Sportsline. Once the car of a criminal gang from Glasgow is now being used as a patrol car. Yeah, we saw that coming.
According to Chief Constable John Neilson: "I would say to the criminals that what you have this week; your houses, your cars - you might not have next week. The hard working, law abiding citizens need to know that we are hurting those involved in serious and organized crime where it matters - their pockets. These criminals are fast realizing that they are not above the law. They may think that they are getting away with it, but we are determined to make a long-term impact in this area."
And as proof that Chief Constable Neilson talks the talk, check out that ’confiscated’ AS7 that’s been turned into a patrol vehicle. Looks good in its new digs, doesn’t it?
Abt Sportsline’s R8 GT-R was quite arguably, one of the most popular tuned-up supercars to make an appearance at the Geneva Motor Show.
Combining a significant power upgrade and a stream-lined and stylish look, the R8 GT-R, which was based on the Audi R8 V10 5.2 FSI, comes with a significant engine upgrade that saw its performance levels get spiked from 525 horsepower to 620 horsepower. The bump in pony power allows the R8 GT-R to clock a 0-100 km/h (62mph) time of just 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 202 mph.
ABT Sportsline also saw to it to give their creation a minor aesthetic makeover, which includes a carbon made bonnet, front and rear aprons, adjustable rear wing, tailgate, external mirrors and door panel.
In this video, ABT Sportsline’s head honchos, Hans Jürgen Abt and Albert Deuring take us on a little walk-a-bout tour of sorts and explains the method and motivation to turning the ABT R8 GT-R from an idea to reality.
While Hofele Design was the first one to reveal a tuning kit for the luxury sedan Audi A8, Abt Sportsline brought there own version to Geneva Motor Show.
Abt focused their attention to the 4.2 TDI engine. With a few trick it has been tuned to deliver 385HP and an impressive 880 NM of torque. Next to the engine modification the tuner also added new front spoiler, side sills, the rear aprons with the tailpipe cover and the three-piece rear spoiler.
The car sits on 20 or 21 inch sizes wheels, depending on customer’s desire.
Abt Sportsline joined the ranks of the number of tuning houses who made their presences felt at the Geneva Motor Show with their new offering: a tuning package for the new Volkswagen Golf R.
And as with most of Abt Sportsline’s works-of-art, the tuned up Volkswagen Golf sure does live up to that ’R’ (racing) label attached to it after the tuner spiked up the Golf’s engine to deliver 310 horsepower with a 0-60 sprint time in 5.2 seconds. The Golf R’s top speed was also raised to 162 mph.
Overall, Abt Sportsline’s tuning package for the Golf R comes with a new front skirt, daytime running lights, front lip spoiler and a choice between 18-inch or 19-inch wheels.
Next to the ABT R8 GT R, the German tuner will also bring at the Geneva Motor Show a tuned version for the Audi R8 Spyder. The ABT R8 Spyder features a new front grill, front apron, side sills and rear apron with the rear spoiler as well as the dual-color coated ABT BR alloy wheels.
The engine has been tuned to deliver an impressive 600 hp (up from 525 hp). The result is a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3,8 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph.
UPDATE 07/23/2010: Check out a brilliant red ABT R8 in action by clicking on the picture above!
The Audi R8 V10 is a car that needs no presentation, and for sure is a car that develop enough power for most of us. But there are people out there who want more. For them, Abt Sportsline announced today the ABT R8 GT R, a tuning kit limited to only 25 units.
The R8 GT R features a carbon made bonnet, front and rear aprons, adjustable rear wing, tailgate, external mirrors and door panel. And with windows made of Makrolon, the tuner managed to reduce the total weight by 100 kilos.
Also the 5.2 FSI engine is tuned to deliver an impressive 620 hp. The result is a sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 3,2 seconds, from 0 to 124 mph in 9.9 seconds and a top speed of 201 mph.
The sports car also gets height-adjustable ABT Sports suspension and adjustable dampers and 19" extremely light ABT CR alloys wheels.
UPDATE 05/31/2010: Check out some new spy shots of the ABT R8 GT R after the jump!
The German tuning firm ABT Sportsline has announced the first details about their plans for upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March and we must say that it is quite an impressive lineup! The list of entrants includes new a customization program for the all new 2011 A8 dubbed the ABT AS8, a hard core ABT R8 GTR, a drop top ABT R8 Spyder as well as the new ABT Golf R. The four Geneva how cars are marked by ABT Sportsline’s never ending quest for perfection and their attention to detail producing impressive, beautiful and dynamic designs. Showing off the latest and greatest that ABT Sportsline has to offer, all of the tuner cars will be shod with the all new ABT CR rolling stock.
ABT Sportline revealed today a tuning package for the Q7 3.0 TDI diesel SUV. With the use of the ABT Power technology, the engine’s output is raised to 278 hp and 580 Nm.
The Q7 also gets ABT Performance Springs and ABT Sports brake systems side rails, rear aprons, fender extensions, 4-pipe exhaust units and exhaust tailpipe end caps. The SUV sits on dynamic BR alloys in 9x20 and 10x22 inch wheels.