2018 Audi Q8 by ABT
The Audi Q8, another one in a long line of coupe-bodied luxury SUVs, was launched this year and has now been given the ABT Sportsline treatment. The end result is subtle but, as a house tuner for Audi, ABT knew how to churn out every ounce of performance out of the Q8.
The Q8, which is categorized as a mid-size luxury coupe SUV, is an alternative to the Cayenne or the X7. It’s the first model designed by Audi’s new chief of design, Marc Lichte, and arrived with a choice of two V-6 engines: a 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged gas engine and a 3.0-liter diesel.
Now, ABT took it upon themselves to improve, aesthetically as well as mechanically, the Q8. What they’ve unveiled is a great example of the ’less is more’ ideology: the car doesn’t have a widebody or particularly flashy add-ons but makes a strong statement nonetheless. Having said that, ABT announced that a new aero kit for the Q8 is in the works.
Keep on reading to learn more about the Audi Q8 by ABT.
Audi has launched the Audi TT Clubsport Turbo Concept at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The TT Clubsport provides a strong reminisce of the Audi 90 IMSA GTO from the 1980’s. Lots of parts for this car have been drawn from Audi Sport Performance Parts. Audi has managed to garner enough attention at the SEMA show with its visually appealing looks.
Let’s find out more about it.
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
A car like the Audi A7 is one of those models that’s ripe for an aftermarket project. The timing’s right, too, because the 2012 SEMA Auto Show has just opened its doors. Noted aftermarket company H&R Springs is a fixture at SEMA, and this year, they’re bringing along a number of project cars, including the A7 four-door luxury sports car.
Building impressive car projects is something the H&R Springs has made a habit of. It’s no different with this A7 after the tuning firm did the work to turn it into a bonafide, custom-tuned luxury sports sedan.
Best be advised, though. If you’re expecting something over-the-top, this model is far from it. But where it lacks in eye-popping design, it sure makes up for in improved performance and strengthened handling characteristics.
At the end of the day, those things are what’s important for H&R Springs. Leave the fancy at the door and bring the practicality out.
Find out more about H&R Springs’ program for the Audi A7 after the jump.
Those of you who have been with us for some time might know that the Audi S4 might be one of our favorite cars on the market. It combines pure speed and aggressive handling with comfort and everyday practicality. If you had to pick one car for the rest of your life, the S4 wouldn’t be a bad call.
Despite its near flawlessness, Stasis Engineering has decided to rework the four-door Audi and make it that little bit more hardcore. Normally we would despise this sort of thing, but after all, it is SEMA.
A little background of Stasis before we get started with the tuned up S4. STaSIS Engineering is dedicated to providing automotive performance to the mainstream market. They specialize in performance-enhancing brakes, suspension, driveline, and engine products. Basically, these products are as close as you’re going to get to real racing car equipment.
Hit the jump to read about how Stasis applied these products to the S4.
UPDATE 02/21/2011: The STaSIS Signature S4 packages are now available exclusively from APS of Brackley, with prices starting at £12,500 (or about $20,000 at the current exchange rates) including VAT @ 20% and installation.
Two days ago we reported that Audi would be coming to the SEMA Show for the first time. Today, we have information on one of the models to be presented in Las Vegas. Meet the Audi R8 Spyder tuned by STaSIS Engineering.
The newly tuned R8 V10 Spyder has been supercharged to deliver an incredible 710 hp and 523 lb-ft of torque. That translates into a 0-60mph sprint in just 3.1 seconds, a significant improvement over the 4.1 seconds needed in the standard version. Adding that much more power from than standard 525hp engine meant that the tuner had to add lightweight high-performance brakes and upgraded wheels and tires to complete the package. A throaty exhaust also adds a little something as you will hear the boost before you even get a chance to experience it.
Now, it’s time for the bubble burst. The R8 V10 Spyder being presented at SEMA will be a one-of-a-kind model created especially for the show. Customers will receive different versions of the souped up Spyders.
Other models being presented by STaSIS are a S5 Cabriolet updated to 410 HP, a 310 HP Q5, and a S4 that gets an extra 80 HP, an aggressive suspension, and a customer-tunable quad-outlet exhaust.
UPDATE 12/02/10:We just got a hold of a video produced by the folks over at The Smoking Tire taking StaSis Engineering’s tuned up Audi R8 Spyder out for a spin. It’s a definite must-watch so you guys better head on over past the jump and check out the video. Hat tip to Smoking Tire!
Press release after the jump.
Audi and Stasis Engineering’s attendance at SEMA was memorable for a number of reasons. First, it was the first time Audi has ever participated in the annual aftermarket event. Second, the event gave both companies the unique opportunity to share the stage together with a number of the tuning firm’s new Signature Series collection.
One of the vehicles that was included in this collection is the Audi Q5, an SUV that has been lauded by a number of pundits for being a vehicle that combines a dynamic and sporty exterior with a clean and classy interior, a versatile all-around SUV that fits in nicely to a variety of markets, be it for the sporty and outgoing type or for the weekend family types.
The Q5’s standing in the auto industry made it a perfect vehicle for Stasis Engineering to work their magic on. The challenge then was putting together a tuning package for an SUV that already had a favorable rating among consumers and turn it into something that’s going to attract more positive attention than it already has.
Details after the jump.
When it comes to fine-tuning Audis, there aren’t a lot of aftermarket tuners that can hold a candle to Stasis Engineering. At the recently concluded SEMA event, Stasis was at it again with a slew of Audi Signature Series models making their way to the SEMA showroom floor.
One particular model that was worth our attention was Stasis’ take on the Audi S5 Cabriolet. We’ve always taken a particular liking to the S5 Cabriolet because it offers all the elements that we look for in a car. It’s fast, it’s powerful, it handles remarkably well, and best, of all, it looks pretty darn awesome.
But even if people like us are already fawning over the S5 Cabriolet, some folks apparently are not as convinced, not because they don’t like the car in its standard format, but because they feel that they can maximize every ounce of it even further. That’s where Stasis Engineering comes in. For these guys, a good sports car can always be better if you put the right elements into it.
Hit the jump to read on.
There has been much excitement following Audi’s first ever appearance at SEMA, with show goers anticipating great things from the German marque. They failed to disappoint by unveiling a very cool wireless charging system.
Everybody hates annoying wires in their daily lives, especially in their cars. How many times have you had your phone plugged into the lighter socket and it rang. You answer it and realize the cord isn’t long enough to reach your ear. It may seem inconsequential, but we assure you that it is both annoying and impractical.
Audi Electronics Research Lab have, in collaboration with Qualcomm Incorporated and Peiker, developed a very effective solution to charging your mobile device while on the move. The technology works using a single connection that ensures the device is also close at hand. Arguably its best attribute is that it still maintains both Bluetooth and Wireless abilities while connected, meaning you can still surf the net or transfer data all while the device is charging. The system will be available as an option in their vehicles next year.
The wireless charger is another example of how Audi is enhancing its customer convenience through innovation in electronics and connectivity, said David Tait, Audi of America lead After Sales executive. "The Audi experience is one that continues to evolve, even as owners discover new ways to enjoy their vehicle and integrate its benefits into their lifestyle. We’re very pleased to introduce one more example of that with the hassle-free, wireless charger," said Tait.
Hit the jump for other interesting Audi innovations at SEMA.
History is about to be made. Audi of America has announced that they will be making their first ever appearance at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Not only will they be attending the soirée, but they will also be bringing six models to put on display, including theAutonomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak and the Audi R8 Custom Spyder by STaSIS Engineering equipped with a 710 HP supercharged engine.
"We’re thrilled to be a part of the SEMA experience, and look forward to turning heads with our vehicles, demonstrations, and a sophisticated lineup of After Sales and electronics products that enhance connectivity and entertainment," said David Tait, Audi’s lead After Sales executive and spokesman on the SEMA project." You read that right. Audi will be bringing a slew of products along with their vehicles to take full advantage of their maiden voyage to the City of Lights.
Press release after the jump.