However, unlike the RS7 the company started offering last year with up to 700 horsepower on tap, the RS5 in question comes with no powertrain updates whatsoever. This means customers will have to settle for the 450 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque delivered by the 4.2-liter V-8 or look into other Abt Sportsline options.
Don’t be too disappointed though, having more than 500 horsepower in a convertible isn’t always pleasant. And, truth be told, there are plenty of options out there wearing either BMW or Mercedes-Benz badges.
Anyway, ABT’s RS5 isn’t exactly bone stock, as it comes fitted with a stainless-steel muffler system that includes both a mid and a rear muffler. The end result is a throatier and more aggressive V-8 exhaust note that will let everybody know this isn’t a regular RS5. You can also opt to remove the speed limiter on your RS5 from ABT, bumping the top speed to 180 mph from the stock 174 mph.
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Audi RS5 Convertible By ABT Sportsline in detail
The RS5 Convertible by ABT Sportsline can also be had with a suspension kit that allows you to lower the ride height by up to 40 mm (1.6 inches) for better handling. Like with most of the tuner’s offering, the vehicle is also fitted with a new set of 20-inch alloy wheels, as well as wheel spacers for enhanced handling. Moreover, it appears that customers can choose from the tuner’s entire collection of rollers for 2014, which includes an array of cast and forged designs.
Additionally, the drop-top’s appearance can be improved with help from ABT’s fender inserts (pictured above), which add a touch of individuality and a more aggressive character.
This exhaust system hooks straight to the catalytic convertors and uses a pair of pipes and mufflers to create a bad-ass growl from behind the RS5.
Optional Lighted Entry
Nothing is cooler than opening your door and being reminded that the Audi experts at ABT Sportsline were involved in building your rig.
Optional Floor Mat Kit
Don’t wanna get you RS5’s carpet dirty? Don’t fret, ABT Sportsline has a set of custom-cut floor mats to keep things clean.
Optional Speed Limiter Override
Wanna go 180 mph with the top down? Well, for just a tick under &euro2,000, you can do just that.
The forecasts from Bavaria are unequivocal: in spring and summer 2014, wind speeds of up to 290 kph are certainly very possible, especially when the sun is shining. This is because ABT Sportsline, the globally largest tuner of Volkswagen brands, has done away with the original speed limiter of the Audi RS5 Cabrio. Now, the 450 hp (331 kW) 4.2 FSI can show what it’s really able to do. A fitting stainless-steel muffler system consisting of a mid and rear muffler underscores the eight-cylinder car‘s emotional sound.
ABT Sportsline can also supply an height adjustable suspension kit that make for a flexible lowering of the CoG. The car’s look can’t be topped anyway, although the photo car only features some key elements. “With the machine-relieved well and the gunmetal coat of paint our DR alloy wheels lend the car a new look,” says CEO Hans-Jürgen Abt about the mounted set of 4 wheels in 9.5 x 20’’. Wheel spacers do also improve the car’s handling. And the ABT wheel collection 2014 features even more attractive cast and forged wheels.
If you are looking for a very special eye-catcher to underscore the RS5 sporty characteristics, you should also choose the ABT fender inserts, which make the convertible’s dynamics even more dramatic. The ABT RS5 is thus always a fresh breeze – be it closed or open.