Not too long ago, the crazy folks over at ABT Sportsline revealed their take on the Audi RS4 Avant, boosting the sleek wagon’s already impressive peak outputs to an eye-bulging 375 kW and 680 N.m. But that seemingly wasn’t enough for the German tuner…
Now, ABT has revealed its RS4-R, which hikes the 2,9-litre turbocharged V6’s maximum figures to 390 kW and 690 N.m (for the record, that’s 59 kW and 90 N.m more than the standard model). The result is a top speed of 280 km/h and a claimed 0-100 km/h time of just 3,8 seconds, the latter representing an improvement of three-tenths.
ABT Sportsline achieved these figures thanks to the implementation of its in-house-developed ECU, along with the installation of an uprated cooling kit (including a heftier pump) and an ABT exhaust system (with a quartet of 102 mm exits, each trimmed in carbon-fibre).
The body kit that accompanies the power hike includes a new front lip, front flicks, grille frame and rear skirt, all fashioned from carbon-fibre. A set of 21-inch alloys wrapped in 275/25 rubber is also part of the package, along with height-adjustable springs and an anti-roll bar.
Inside, you’ll find ABT branding on the floor mats, door sill, start-stop button and leather seats, along with an ABT gear shift cover. The company says it will build just 50 examples of its RS4-R, with the package priced at €33 100 (that’s a little more than R480 000), including installation.
Ryan has spent most of his career in online media, writing about everything from sport to politics and other forms of crime. But his true passion – reignited by a 1971 Austin Mini Mk3 still tucked lifeless in a dark corner of his garage – is of the automotive variety.