This ABT build makes 720 horses and commemorates the company’s 125th anniversary

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ABT Sportsline is known for sweet Audi tune-ups and offers packages for almost all the vehicles in the German automaker’s lineup. 2021 is a special year for the Kempten-based aftermarket tuner as it marks its 125th anniversary. And, to commemorate this milestone, ABT has announced a high-performance version of the Audi RS Q8 SUV that makes almost 150 horses more than the standard model.

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ABT has made several changes to the exterior of the SUV to differentiate it from the standard model. This particular example is a customer’s model painted in San Marino Blue Metallic shade. It comes with ABT’s aero-package that features carbon fiber elements. The tuner has equipped it with a skirt and lip at the front. The side profile looks hot with the addition of skirts, mirror caps, and wheelhouse ventilation. At the rear, there’s another skirt add-on and a spoiler.

The highlight on the outside is the hot set of wheels. These are 23-inch ABT High-Performance GR wheels wrapped in 295/35 low-profile tires. The customer went for an all-black look for the wheels, which is an add-on option on this package. The ABT RS Q8-R also comes with a new exhaust system made of stainless steel. It features four 102 mm exhaust tips for a grunt that matches its demeanor. Finally, the air suspension on the SUV is retuned, too, to sit one inch lower in the comfort mode and 0.6 inches lower in the dynamic mode.

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The interior is left to customer’s taste for customization, but ABT offers many changes here. Some of these include a steering wheel upgrade, refined armrest and center console, and ABT seat refinement. There will be special plaques in the cabin that complement the door sills which mention “1 of 125”. Furthermore, stuff like a new start-stop switch cap, shift knob cover, and floor mats with the model logo differentiate it from the standard model.

In the standard form, the Audi RS Q8 comes with a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine under the hood.
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It dishes out 591 horses and 590 pound-feet of torque. The same mill powers the Audi RS7 Sportback, too. The SUV features Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system that’s paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Apart from this, the RS Q8 also comes with torque vectoring, RS-specific damper tuning, and an all-wheel steering system. The 2021 model takes 3.7 seconds to sprint to 60 mph (3.8 seconds to 62 mph) from a standstill. The top speed is rated at 190 mph when opted with ceramic brakes, and 155 mph otherwise.

ABT has retuned and remapped the same engine and it is now more powerful and quicker.

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The RS Q8-R makes 740 ponies and 679 pound-feet of twist, which is 149 horses and 89 pound-feet of torque more than the standard model.

This comes courtesy of an ABT ECU that works in conjunction with a specially-designed intercooler to offer maximum power. The SUV now takes just 3.4 seconds to 62 mph and has a top speed of 196 mph, which is four-tenths of a second quicker and seven mph faster than the optional top speed of the stock RS Q8.

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With all the changes ABT has made on this SUV and considering that only 125 examples of this model will be made, the package could cost north of $80,000. Add this to the price of the donor RS Q8 and you have yourself a 740-horsepower beast that costs about $200,000.

Source: ABT Sportsline

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