Abt Sportsline has opened the order book for its all-new Abt Touareg VS10, the world's most powerful diesel 4x4 road car. Based on Volkswagen's diesel-powered Touareg V10, the new car offers a significant uplift in power (373bhp compared to the standard Touareg V10's 303bhp), a stylish new body-kit and a revised suspension system to deliver a more sporting drive. Complementing the boost in horsepower is a major increase in torque - up from the standard V10's 750Nm to an awesome 860Nm at just 2,000rpm. The extra power is supplemented by improved throttle response, giving the car a more sporting character and eager acceleration throughout the rev-range.
Abt's newly developed air suspension system, Abt Level-Control (ALC), ensures that the Abt Touareg's mighty performance is matched by enhanced on-road dynamics. In its standard setting, the Abt Touareg sits approximately 30mm lower than the production Touareg - offering an impressive balance of comfort and nimble handling. When in 'Sport' mode, ride height drops a further 10mm and the shock absorbers are stiffened to further aid stability when cornering at speed. For that ultimate kerbside presence and to aid entry/egress, ALC allows the Abt Touareg to sit 60 millimetres lower than the standard Touareg before the engine is fired.
In creating the new off-roader, Abt Sportsline has placed considerable emphasis on developing a range of styling enhancements that give the car a subtle yet purposeful new look. The standard Touareg's key body panels are retained, but the Abt version gains a new front grille, deeper front and rear bumpers, side skirts and a discreet rear spoiler. To highlight the performance potential, the new Abt gains a four-pipe exhaust. A set of Abt 22-inch SP4 wheels completes the visual package, replacing the standard Touareg V10's 18-inch rims.
Company press release, last updated before 12 / 01 / 2004