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ABT Audi AS8

Abt AS8: the luxurious sports car leaves no wishes unfulfilled

The new Audi A8 has given a new definition to sporty driving in the luxurious segment: with its innovative technology, quality at the highest level and easy handling, the flagship from Ingolstadt has established itself at the top of the premium class. And has got prominent fans as well: DTM-driver Christian Abt is travelling to all European race tracks with his A8. No surprise: the 450 hp strong Abt AS8, based on the 4.2 litre supercharged engine doesn’t even leave any racing drivers’ wishes unfulfilled.

The verdict of the STW-champion and experienced touring car driver is clear: “It is especially impressive to see how sporty and light the handling of the car is, in spite of its size. The A8 is just a great car”, says Christian Abt. In order to get maximum benefit from the skills of his engineers, the technical director of the Abt Sportsline GmbH has chosen the top model for the improvement: the A8 with V8 supercharged engine and 4.2 litres capacity as well as quattro four-wheel drive.

With 246 kW (335 hp), the A8 is already quite powerful in itself. But for a company like Abt Sportsline, with its roots in motorsport, this is of course by no means enough. After installation of the Abt supercharger kit, the power unit delivers 331 kW (450 hp) and lets the AS8 only stop at 280 km/h. Thus, the power almost equals that of the Abt-Audi TT-R, the car with which Abt won the title in the DTM. Next to modifications on the air intake, the fuel supply and injection systems, the kit also includes a sensor-operated and water-cooled intercooler as well as exhaust temperature control. An important advantage of the Abt technology: the power of the Abt AS8 remains consistent in all driving conditions.

In order to get the power of the Abt AS8 on the road in an effective and safe way, the car has been equipped with sports wheels in the size 9 x 20 inch and ContiSportContact-tyres, as well as the Abt sports brake system, specially designed for the highest sporting requirements. The wheel SP2 is combining its characteristic looks with highest quality.

With the Abt Level-Control (ALC), developed in house, Abt Sportsline is presenting a complete novelty, combining optimal comfort with nicely looking lowered bodywork. When standing, the car is much lower than the regular production version, providing an attractive appearance. While driving, the bodywork is higher to achieve perfect driving dynamics. With a manual selector, the driver also has the possibility of individually adjusting the amount of lowering and adapt it to his or her driving style.

Abt Sportsline is also improving the looks of the A8 with front spoiler edges and a discreet spoiler on the rear of the car. Here, the Abt exhaust silencer with its four pipes also bears the signature of the tuning company from Kempten.
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