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2004 Abt AS400

From the start, the Audi A4 of the Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline was the car to be beaten in the DTM. Now, competition on the road will have hard times: With the new AS400, Abt Sportsline is presenting one of the most powerful and exclusive vehicles in its history. 400 HP (294 kW), 290 km/h top speed and 4.7 seconds from 0 to 100 – these are the facts that distingiush the Abt AS400 which is equipped with a 2.7 litre V6-Bi-Turbo-engine.

With the new AS400 we want to and will set new standards in the field of high performance vehicles”, says Managing Director Hans-Jurgen Abt.”The vehicle is a combination of Audi quality control and the large technical know-how of Abt Sportsline when tuning such a car”. The Abt AS400 will be launched on the market in a small series of 25 and, besides its sportive attributes, maintains its suitability for daily use as a sport station wagon.

Incorporated into the design of the AS400 is the experience gained from decades in the tuning business. Under the bonnet the 2.7 litre V6-Bi-Turbo-engine fulfils its promises, providing a maximum torque of approximately 368 ft lbs (500 nm). Via the permanent all-wheel-drive Quattro system, the concentrated power of 400 hp (298 kw) is transferred to all four wheels which are equipped with 18 inch titanium coloured Abt sport wheels. The sport brake system and the sport suspension kit are responsible for safety and optimal control on every road.

As for all Abt tuning projects, Christian Abt signs himself responsible for the development. For the technical Manager of Abt Sportsline and Audi works driver in the DTM, the AS400 is the highlight of the year: ”Normally no road vehicle is good enough for a race track. However the AS400 is a special case: With the power, acceleration and the sportive handling you really have the feeling qualifying starts any minute.”

Sportiness continues in the area of asthetics. With its new front grill, front spoiler and side skirts as well as rear skirt and rear wing the AS400 is given the unmistakable design language of Abt. The 4-pipe stainless-steel exhaust system is not only responsible for the right sound, but proves its Kempten origin when admired from the probably most often seen perspective of the Abt AS400. The trend is continued inside with Abt entrance panels, instrument clusters (speedometer up to 320 km/h), aluminium pedals and foot rests as well as further details.

The Abt AS400 is available for 94 900 Euro (inclusive Value Added Tax) at Abt Sportsline in Kempten or one of the more than 100 Abt partners in Germany. And for everyone who still has not enough, Abt Sportsline offers a power upgrade to 450 HP (331 kW). Additionally an Abt sport brake system and Abt sport wheels SP1 in 19 inch-size are available as optional equipment.

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In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
price $ $ 94 000 Euros
engine Bi Turbo V6
displacement 2700 cc / 164.8 in³
power 298.3 kw / 400.0 bhp
specific output 148.15 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 276.82 bhp per tonne
torque 500 nm / 368.8 ft lbs
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels 4WD
front brakes Abt Ventilated Discs w/ABS, EBD, ESP
f brake size mm / in
rear brakes Abt Discs w/ABS, EBD, ESP
r brake size mm / in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspension Abt Double Wishbones w/Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Abt Trapezoidal-link w/Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight 1445 kg / 3186 lbs
wheelbase 2650 mm / 104.3 in
front track 1528 mm / 60.2 in
rear track 1526 mm / 60.1 in
length 4545 mm / 178.9 in
width 1772 mm / 69.8 in
height 1428 mm / 56.2 in
transmission 5-Speed Manual
gear ratios 3.778:1, 2.176:1, 1.360:1, 0.903:1, 0.686:1, :1
final drive 3.556:1
top speed ~290 kph / 180.2 mph
0 – 60 mph ~4.6 seconds