ABT Sportsline has made a career developing programs for Audi vehicles. To this day, the German manufacturer continues to do that, none more recent than its work on the Audi A5 Sportback. The whole program is called the AS5 Sportback Dark and as you’d expect, the name alone implies that ABT Sportsline did something a little sinister to the A5.

While it would have been cool, if not downright bizarre, to say that the German tuner invoked some form of the Dark Arts to create this program, the truth is a lot simpler than that. The AS5 Sportback Dark is called such because it’s exterior is wrapped in black.

This A5 is nothing too elaborate and definitely nothing out of the ordinary, but judging the program simply because of its simplicity doesn’t do justice to the meticulous work the German tuner put into it.

There is one thing I don’t like about the program. ABT Sportsline developed it without adding power to the A5’s 2.0-liter TFSI engine. Under its current configuration, the turbocharged four-banger develops 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, good enough to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds to go with a top speed of 130 mph.

If you can let that small yet significant detail pass, you’re going to enjoy the Audi AS5 Sportback Dark. But if you can’t live with only 220 ponies, you’ll probably wish that ABT Sportsline has some kind of a Stage 2 kit in the works.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi A5 Sportback Dark By Abt Sportsline.

  • 2014 Audi AS5 Sportback Dark By ABT Sportsline
  • Year:
    2014
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  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    220
  • Torque @ RPM:
    258
  • 0-60 time:
    6.2 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    47500 (Est.)
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Audi A5 Sportback Dark by Abt Sportsline in detail

2014 Audi AS5 Sportback Dark By ABT Sportsline Exterior
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2014 Audi AS5 Sportback Dark By ABT Sportsline Emblems and Logo Exterior
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The black body of the Audi AS5 Sportback is subtly accentuated by contrasting red elements on the front lip spoiler and the rear skirt. Some people can make an argument that any color goes well with black, but I’m of the mindset that it’s either red or white. But these bright-red elements give the AS5 a bit of flair an all-black look wouldn’t convey.

Any good artist would want to leave his signature on all of his creations, and the same applies here as ABT Sportsline included a "Dark" decal set and an ABT "Dark" emblem set spread throughout the vehicle.

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There may not be any engine upgrades on this one, but ABT Sportsline did dress up the AS5 Sportback with a set of its 20-inch CR wheels wrapped in wide 265 tires. The wheel design complements the overall theme of the program quite nicely too.

ABT Sportsline put the finishing touches on the AS5 Sportback Dark by installing a new quad-pipe exhaust system with its four tailpipes plated in black chrome. If anything, the reinforced exhaust system should do wonders in creating a more muscular engine sound to compensate for the absence of any performance upgrades.

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Press Release

Be it Batman or The Shadow: even heroes like dark clothes. The new ABT AS5 DARK is one of them and available as a Coupé or Sportback. Even without the optional ABT Power, the Bavarian styling package radiates superiority. “Designer Walter de’Silva is proud of his creation and rightly so – but as an AS5 DARK the Audi A5 is multifaceted and even more assertive“, says CEO Hans-Jürgen Abt: “And since we are offering the comprehensive re-design for a bargain price right now, it’s high time to visit your nearest ABT Partner.“

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The Audi A5-based ABT AS5 DARK only fully comes into its own when painted or car-wrapped in black. The effect of the set, however, cannot be reduced to its colour, which is excitingly contrasted by bright red elements, e.g. on the front spoiler lip and the rear skirt set, which make the Audi A5’s silhouette seem even more exciting. The Coupé also features a rear spoiler and side skirts.

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Acoustically the ABT AS5 DARK is also “dark”: the sonorous 4-pipe exhaust system has a compelling smoky “voice” and, depending upon the engine, emits quite a variety of sounds. And, needless, to say, the tailpipes are chrome-plated in black. Another highlight are the 20’’ ABT CR wheels, making the car more muscular when combined with wide 265 tyres and wheel spacers. The red flange leaves a dynamic and aggressive impression and, when rotating, an almost hypnotic one through its spoke neck gaps. And since a real hero also needs his own logo, ABT Sportsline has adorned the AS5 DARK with letterings and emblems within and without. You also get the right set of floor mats, of course. After all, a hero’s motto should always be “Stay clean!”

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