ABT AS5-R at the Geneva Motor Show
The kit consists of a lower, wider more aggressive front bumper with larger air intakes. Around the car you will also find new ABT grill, side skirts, a rear diffuser and understated rear wing. The most striking feature on the AS5-R is the application of vents on the fenders behind the front wheels. This is almost always carried out in a tacky nonfunctional manner, but the way that the black contrasts the white paint and ties back in to the black stripe running the length of the car actually looks good. The AS5-R rolls on some very special two-tone ABT wheels.
However the AS5-R is not all show and no go. The Audi V8 has been bumped up to 510 HP up from the standard 344 HP that comes from the factory. That particular engine will not last for very long because the mad scientists over at ABT are planning to swap out the eight cylinder for Audi’s 333 HP supercharged six cylinder from the new S5 cabriolet, although those number are bound to change as well.
Pricing for the complete AS5-R has not yet been announced however the parts can be purchased individually from ABT.
In the car industry, spring traditionally starts with the Geneva Motor Show. The first new innovations are put on show in the second-largest city in Switzerland. The AS5-R from ABT Sportsline is a particularly exciting innovation. The cool and extravagant Coupe will show its best side in hall 5, as the designers from Allgäu have come up with a breathtaking bodywork kit for the vehicle. The AS5-R is also strong: 510 dynamic horsepower (375 kW) provides considerable power in every situation. For anyone who wants more than the standard 344 HP (253 kW), the eight-cylinder, tuned by ABT, is the perfect choice. Unfortunately the car also shows the disadvantage of a trade fair, as the AS5-R has to stay stationary.
The sports coupe is not, however, alone: the largest tuner of vehicles from the VW group will also be showing highlights from their current program in Geneva. On a surface of 153m2 and a light, elegant stand, the following stars from Kempten are also on view, alongside the AS5-R: the ABT Q5 is a car which cuts a good figure everywhere. The abbreviation “SUV” traditionally stands for “Sportlich Und Vielseitig [sporty and diverse]” at ABT and especially applies to the Q5. The ABT R8 is a real sports car, offering pure dynamics. It is not just the power which is right, but all of the aerodynamics have also been perfectly designed by the motorsport team of ABT for use in extreme conditions. Nevertheless, the ABT R8 also looks breathtakingly beautiful. Another real eye-catcher is the ABT Scirocco, a landmark amongst compact Coupes. It goes without saying that this car is as sporty as it looks at the trade fair. In order to experience its huge driving enjoyment, you would have to drive out of the hall and around Lake Geneva...