The folks over at ABT Sportsline are well known for turning Volkswagen Group performance vehicles into, well, absolute monsters. But the latest offering is a little different: meet the ABT Audi RS6-E prototype, which combines a combustion engine with (*gasp*) electric drive.
Thanks to an electric motor installed in the transmission tunnel (delivering extra oomph to the rear axle at the prod of a green button on the steering wheel), this special RS6 generates a whopping 750 kW and 1 291 N.m in total.
Courtesy of an in-house-developed engine control unit and a modified exhaust system, the RS6’s turbocharged 4,0-litre V8 churns out 537 kW (compared with the stock 412 kW). The result is a claimed 0-100 km/h sprint time of just 3,3 seconds and a top speed of 320 km/h.
But this latest prototype furthermore has the ability to supplement this already considerable shove with electric power after the speedometer needle has blasted past 100 km/h, adding an additional 213 kW and 317 N.m “for a short time”. This electric urge comes from what ABT calls a “relatively compact battery with a capacity of 13,6 kWh”.
As you can tell from the accompanying images, ABT has given the prototype a futuristic vehicle film wrap reminiscent of the design of a printed circuit board. The 21-inch alloys, meanwhile, gain special “aero rings”, while the obligatory body kit includes a front lip, front skirt add-ons, side-mirror caps, fender inserts, side-skirt add-ons and rear skirt add-ons, including a rear spoiler.