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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Audi AS6 by ABT Sportsline in Detail
Rear Three-Quarter Detail
Audi’s luxury sedan returns with a 2014 model that may look the same as its predecessors, but still cool enough for us not to mind it at all.
A host of new upgrades have also been fitted into the 2014 model, including new LEDs, a new front grille and a bunch of engine options that’s highlighted by a 3.0-liter, supercharged V-6 making 325 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. That’s good enough to sprint the sedan to 60 mph in only 5.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 130 mph.
Gallery Audi A6
Bavarian power at the SEMA and soon at ABT Sportsline USA as well
At the beginning of 2014, ABT Sportsline, the globally largest tuner of cars produced by the Volkswagen Group, will launch its own subsidiary at Cerritos/Los Angeles. Before the traditional company will open it, however, the ABT power can already be felt live in November at the Las Vegas’ SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show.
ABT Sportsline is going to present a both visually and technically tuned Audi A6 sedan. “We look forward to being part of the SEMA’s 50th anniversary ‘party’. 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“, says Hans-Jürgen Abt, CEO of ABT Sportsline.
The popular Audi A6 and its predecessor, the Audi 100, have long since been mandatory tuning subjects of this traditional and innovative company. They do not only focus upon a sporty look but also on a new power upgrade to be presented at the SEMA in the ABT AS6. “ABT-powered”, the standard 245hp (180 kW) of the 3.0 TDI quattro is increased to 286hp (210 kW), at a torque of 678Nm (serial version: 580Nm). And in combination with the
ABT suspension springs, this extra potential can indeed be fully utilised. It’s all highly enjoyable and very useful. Sporty dynamism does also mean, however, that a car can be stopped at any moment, here with the ABT brake system, which provides ideal deceleration values in any situation.
And you do not only feel the ABT power, you can also see it in this assertive ABT AS6. The ABT front spoiler sort of lowers the car’s CoG at least visually; fender inserts and side skirts and the carbon-look mirror covers underscore the athletic design and reveal at first glance what drivers can expect. The rear end is also accentuated by the ABT rear spoiler in combination with the ABT rear skirt kit (incl. tail pipe covers).
And the light and sporty design of the cast 20-inch ABT ER-C premium sport-type wheels are a further highlight, which rounds off the sedan in a perfect fashion. With the ABT AS6, ABT Sportsline combines all these elements in a consistent total tuning package that makes it fun to drive and look at.