The Audi R8 has always been a relatively sedate supercar in the styling department, considering its Lamborghini DNA. That’s not a bad thing, but for those wanting a bit more attitude, ABT’s latest package for the R8 adds just the right amount of exterior aggression. The tuning company also goes beneath the surface for suspension and power upgrades. The result is the ABT R8 V10 Plus.
The conversion starts with what amounts to a full body kit. A front skirt and front lip with blades give the R8 a subtle-yet-noticeably sinister facelift. Wheel arch vents and carbon-fibre side blades continue the theme set by the front, with the rear receiving its own updated skirt with blades. Optional carbon fibre mirror covers round out the kit.
On the mechanical side, ABT adds coilover springs with sport stabilisers on front and rear axles – updates which it says lowers the centre of gravity slightly while improving handling. A new stainless-steel exhaust system encourages better airflow, with gases exiting the rear through double-tip ABT carbon fibre tail pipes. The company says this system adds 20 horsepower, giving the ABT R8 a healthy 630 horsepower to play with. Somewhere along the line ABT also sheds 50 kg from the car, though we’re not told exactly where that takes place.
Other changes include the requisite wheel upgrade; in this case customers can choose between 19- or 20-inch ABT forged alloys, and in the style of Henry Ford, you can have any colour you like as long as it’s black. ABT interior treatments with leather and carbon-fibre updates, ABT floor mats, and special entrance lighting complete the package.
The overall affect is, in a word, superb. Going nuts on crazy add-ons for larger-than-life supercars is one thing, but the R8 always brought a bit more sophistication to the mix. ABT’s equally-subtle touch to Audi’s smooth operator strikes a fine balance that’s both refreshing and exciting. No word yet on price, but if you’re an R8 owner seeking the automotive equivalent of a Billy Idol sneer, ABT has your ticket.
Gallery: 2017 ABT Audi R8 V10 Plus
For customers who think that even an Audi R8 V10 plus does not look athletic enough,
ABT Sportsline offers a wide range of accessories which can further sharpen the appearance of the supercar. Front and rear skirts move the ABT R8 even closer to the road visually. The matching front lip and the front, side and rear blades refine the aerodynamics of the German sports car even further. The wheel arch vents in racing design complete the package functionally. Naturally, the wheels will have to match the sporty look of the body. ABT Sportsline therefore offers the forged 19 inch ABT HIGH PERFORMANCE ER-F wheels in the color “black magic” and the new 20 inch ABT HIGH PERFORMANCE GR forged wheels in “anodized black”.
The Audi R8 already comes with an ample 610 hp/463 kW as a standard. ABT Sportsline, the worldwide leading tuning company for Audi models and vehicles from the VW Group, still succeeded in luring another 20 horsepower from the supercar engine without jeopardizing its durability. This was made possible by optimizing airflow and using a special, TÜV-tested stainless steel exhaust system with carbon double tailpipe trims. An open carbon rear panel optimizes the temperature in the engine compartment while visually adding to the rear view. But following the motto “power is nothing without control”, the suspension can also be adapted. “We have managed to improve the already excellent roadholding even further,” Hans-Jürgen Abt, Managing Director of the German company, states. This was made possible by lowering the center of gravity of the vehicle using coilover suspension springs and precisely adapted sports stabilizers on front and rear axle as well as a weight reduction by 50 kilograms.
The most important place in a sportscar will always be the space behind the wheel. Even before the driver has taken their seat, the ABT R8 greets them with exclusive ABT entrance lighting. When seated, feet rest on high quality floor mats with the ABT logo and the gaze is drawn to the two finishing upgrades to the interior: the elegant ABT Individual leather interior combined with the sporty look of the ABT Individual carbon interior with the fine composite material visibly installed. “The visual upgrade is just as important to us as improving performance,” Hans-Jürgen Abt explains.
ABT ENGINE TECHNOLOGY
Engine: V10 5.2 FSI 5.204 cc capacity
Performance Tuning: ABT Power
Performance: Power optimisation 15 kW (20 HP),
optimised air flow and ABT exhaust system
with carbon fibre double end pipes
ABT front skirt with front skirt add-on (partly carbon)
ABT frontlip with frontblades (carbon)
ABT mirror cover (optional)
ABT wheel arch vents
ABT side blades (carbon)
ABT rear blades
ABT rear skirt add-on
ABT rear skirt
ABT SPORTS WHEELS
ABT HIGH PERFORMANCE GR
20 inch, Anodized Black, forged
ABT HIGH PERFORMANCE ER-F
19 inch, rim base Black Magic, forged
ABT EXHAUST TECHNOLOGY
ABT stainless steel exhaust system
ABT carbon double tailpipe trims
ABT SUSPENSION TECHNOLOGY
ABT coilover springs
ABT sports stabilizers on front and rear axle
ABT Individual leather interior
ABT Individual carbon interior
ABT floor mats
ABT entrance lighting