ABT Sportsline tunes the Audi RS4 Avant

Audi RS4 Avant by ABT Sportsline 13.12.2012
Audi RS4 Avant by ABT Sportsline 13.12.2012

Tops out at 290 km/h (180 mph)

ABT Sportsline has introduced a new tuning program for the Audi RS4 Avant.

Looking tastefully restrained, the wagon is equipped with 25mm wheel spacers and 20-inch turbine-style alloy wheels. These changes are relatively minor but they give the model an aggressive stance without losing any of the RS4's elegance.

Performance modifications are fairly limited, but the company offers a stainless-steel sports exhaust system which enables the 4.2-liter V8 engine - which develops 450 HP (331 kW) and 430 Nm (317 lb-ft) of torque - to always find the "right tone." More importantly, the company can remove the electronic speed limiter which increases the top speed to approximately 290 km/h (180 mph).

Source: ABT Sportsline

ABT Sportsline 2012 – Press release CW50
Audi RS4 – ABT can do 290 km/h and tunes the sound

Every new generation of the Audi RS4, having been on sale since 1999 and traditionally tuned by ABT Sportsline, has seen an uprating. Incidentally, even its legendary forefather, the RS2 (315 hp/232 kW), is still at a par with many modern sports cars. Although the RS4 is now powered by a 4.2l V8 with 450 hp (331 kW) and accelerates faster than previous generations, one essential number hasn’t changed at all: its top speed of 250 km/h. The reason is its factory electronic speed limiter. But the globally largest tuner of cars produced by the Volkswagen Group has filed down the electronic speed chain, as it were, and the ABT RS4 now reaches a top speed of almost 290 km/h.

You could almost think the new car from Bavaria would “roar” out of excitement and joy, but its full bass comes from the optionally available stainless-steel exhaust system. From the catalytic converter, ABT Sportsline replaces the system with optimised components on which the serially very musical V8 always seems to find the right tone. It goes without saying that the Bavarians also offer a TÜV approval for this “brass instrument”.

In visual terms, the standard RS4 Avant is certainly not a nobody, but the tuning company has discovered more potential for a better look in its wheel houses. ABT uses one size larger alloy wheels in its ABT DR design in 9 x 20 inches. These dimensions aside, their design also means more dynamism. There is the cool gun metal finish and the spokes arranged like a turbine blade. To make the car’s muscular appearance perfect, the Bavarian car tuner also installs 25mm wheel spacers on each side. And finally there is the ABT boot mat and the matching set of floor mats. After all, your foot on the pedal should feel comfortable: It will now be able to take the car beyond 250 km/h...

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starlightcoupe starlightcoupe
Suspension is still original by Audi, completely untouched by ABT
Dec 14th, 2012 4:09pm
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inlinesix inlinesix
I think it's the camber of the corner but yeah you don't see press shots like this from the manufacturers.
Dec 14th, 2012 4:06pm
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hunker7 hunker7
Judging by body roll in first pic, they made it worse.
Dec 14th, 2012 12:26pm
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WOW look at the body roll in the first pic
Dec 14th, 2012 9:54am
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goodfella goodfella
How do you say "Mucho Bodyrollo" in german?
Dec 14th, 2012 6:40am
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