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2007 ABT R8

Design milestones of sports car construction do not only come from Sant’ Agata Bolognese or Maranello but also from Kempten. Because there, in the picturesque Allgau region, Abt Sportsline, the greatest tuner for vehicles from the Volkswagen group, is based. With the new Abt R8, the term improvement is set one level higher as this car combines technical competence and brilliant design from Abt and results in an automobile masterwork. Not more and not less. The Abt R8 is a fantastic super sports car, playing in the same league as Lamborghini Gallardo or Ferrari F430.

No doubt, even the basis model of the R8 is something special – and therefore a real challenge, emphasizes Hans-Jürgen Abt. ”The fluently dynamic form of the car is unique, it looks like having a lot of power, even when standing still,” admits the managing director and therewith he raises the bar for his engineers and designers. As it is usual for Abt, the result is quite respectable and can be driven with fascination. The light and sporty high-tech material Carbon well visibly shapes the rear skirt, the side blades and the side skirts.

The exciting body kit of the two-seater was developed by the motor sports professionals from Kempten who also optimized the car in reducing weight and in distributing mass evenly. That optical features do not obviate technical sophistications but, on the contrary, lead to perfection clearly show the contours of the Abt R8. Front skirt, side skirts, and rear skirt form a unit in which the rear wing, the side blades and also the exhaust system are harmonically integrated. A special highlight is the front skirt partially made of sight carbon. It is a component of the equipment version Extravagant.

The customer is able to provide his Abt R8 with attachment parts, at his own option with elements of sight carbon. A two tone structure is also possible by request. Another alternative ist the equipment version Exclusive, which offers the customer the possibility to beautify his R8 with an Abt body kit made of high-quality GRP (glass fibre reinforced plastic). Also the new BR wheel from Abt with its bi-colour paint perfectly fits the car. The front axis presents it in the size 9×20 inch, the rear axis in 11×20 inch. Thus the R8 appears much more dynamical. With Abt suspension springs and car lowering the team from Kempten improves the road holding even more as Christian Abt and his specialists exactly adjusted the suspension. With the Abt sports brake system (380 millimeters diameter), the fast super sports car from the Allgäu sets standards also in matters of delay.

The new Abt R8 is a car which makes hearts beat faster. It perfectly brings the magic of speed onto the road even when standing still.
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In Detail

engine Aluminum V8 e/Dry Sump Lubrication
position Mid Lonitudinal
aspiration Abt Supercharger
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed FSI Direct Fuel Injection
displacement 4163 cc / 254.0 in³
power 395.2 kw / 530 bhp
specific output 127.31 bhp per litre
body / frame Magnesium & Aluminum Body over Aluminum Spaceframe
driven wheels Permanent Quattro 4WD
wheel type Abt 20-inch BR
front brakes Discs w/ABS, ASR
f brake size mm / in
rear brakes Discs w/ABS, ASR
r brake size mm / in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Hydrualic Assist
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Audi Magnetorheological Dampers
r suspension Double Wishbones w/Audi Magnetorheological Dampers
wheelbase 2650 mm / 104.3 in
length 4430 mm / 174.4 in
width 1900 mm / 74.8 in
height 1250 mm / 49.2 in
transmission 6-Speed Manual or 6-Speed R-Tronic
gear ratios :1
0 – 60 mph ~3.9 seconds