The ABT RSQ8-R, taking the Audi RS Q8 to the next level
In 2021, vehicle tuner ABT Sportsline celebrates its 125th anniversary with the RSQ8-R, one of the fastest SUVs on the market
Not many SUV today can show figures like this new ABT RSQ8-R, 740 hp (544 kW) and 920 Nm, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, and all that while the base Audi RS Q8 isn’t much less impressive … factory fresh you get 600 hp (441 kW), making it the most powerful SUV-coupe Audi makes, but ABT Sportline takes her to the next level.
ABT Sportline is celebrating it’s 125th anniversary in 2021, that is why they will only build 125 units of this RSQ8-R, and this customer car, finished in San Marino Blue metallic is one of those, featuring a stunning carbon fiber aero kit to accentuate the aggressive looks of the original SUV even further.
A lip is added to the front bumper, a set of special side sills are fitted, as are mirror caps off course, wheel arch vents are a very nice touch indeed, while a beautifully aggressive rear diffuser just adds that final touch to the rear together with a new wing, and let’s not forget that stainless steel ABT exhaust system with four 102-mm end pipes to hear that rumble from the 4.0-liter V8 engine.
With the power increase from ABT for this special RSQ8-R edition, the top speed can be raised to 315 km/h thanks to the ABT Engine Control unit coupled to a bespoke intercooler for maximum power and reliability, add the ABT Level Control suspension which lowers the car by 15mm to 25mm depending on the setting selected.
And ABT also offers customization for the interior, with a special steering wheel, an upgrade for the armrest and center console, but ABT can also modify the already impressive AUDI RS Q8 seats, all at the customer’s request naturally.
A stunning set of 23-inch High Performance GT Wheels are available from ABT Individual, taking 295/35 R23 performance tires.