ABT Sportsline Gives the Audi R8 5.2 FSI a 600 HP Ticket to the Big Show
When the first 4.2-liter Audi R8 hit the scene, it made a nice splash, but was relegated to a performance niche (420 horsepower) that was sort of like no man’s land for supercars. The original mumbo-jumbo was that Audi didn’t want to compete with the upmarket Gallardo and would keep the R8 as an almost-exotic. However, when Audi finally took the gloves off and released the exquisite Audi R8 5.2 FSI, a much more emphatic reaction resulted with a collective “hell yeah!” heard from auto junkies worldwide.
But with 525 horsepower still the equivalent of “nice job Audi but we’ll take it from here” amongst high end tuners, it was inevitable that some extreme performance variations would emerge. PPI delivered one of the first examples with their 580 horsepower Razor GTR and now ABT Sportline has followed suit with their 600 hp Audi R8 5.2 FSI.
German tuner ABT Sportsline traditionally works exclusively with Audi so they had the familiarity to coax an additional 75 horsepower out of the R8 by introducing a new 4-pipe exhaust system and remapping the ECU. The additional juice allows the ABT R8 to hit 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 mph (322 km/h). A host of carbon-fiber pieces streamline the aerodynamics with a new front spoiler, side sills, rear apron and wing. The ABT Audi R8 5.2 FSI rides on BR-type 20-inch wheels.
We applaud this effort which is both aesthetically pleasing and offers a significant performance boost. The red accents against the otherwise all black exterior and carbon-fiber components brighten the car up just enough to retain its sinister look but keep it from entering the gates of hell. The ABT Sportsline Audi R8 5.2 FSI will make a worthy foe on any race track and has enough grit to stare down a Ferrari 599 GTB on a city street no prob.
Source: ABT Sportsline