Tuesday, March 1, 2011

ABT Sportsline introduces the ABT R8 GT S

. Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Making an official world debut at this week's 2011 Geneva Motor Show, ABT Sportsline has today introduced the ABT R8 GT S. Based on the Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI, the ABT R8 GT S boasts 620 horsepower, aggressive carbon fiber styling, lowered suspension, upgraded wheels and a top speed of 199 mph. All making for what ABT modestly describes as their "hot open-top sports car."

To boost the R8's 5.2 FSI V10 engine from 525 to 610 horsepower, ABT makes use of their patented POWER tuning program. An upgraded ECU and ABT sports exhaust system are enough for not only a 20% jump in power but also a 3.6 second run to 100 km/h (62.5 mph) on to a top speed of 320 km/h (199 mph). As ABT explains, "the 5.2 litre V10 engine is fully compatible for everyday use and is real fun for cruising on country roads." In the handling department is an ABT lowered suspension system mated to a choice of 20-inch ABT "BR" or 19-inch "CR Superlight" wheels.

Outside, carbon fiber can be seen almost everywhere on the ABT R8 GT S. The hood, rear spoiler, front skirt, rear skirt, windscreen frame cover, red air scoops, engine cover and mirror covers all receive the carbon treatment. Not only does the carbon fiber add an aesethetic enhancement, it also helps the heavier Spyder reduce and optimally distribute weight. Inside, red carbon fiber can be found on the steering wheel, center console, shift gate and door panels; matched then with red and black leather seats and trim.

As mentioned above, The new ABT R8 GT S will debut at this week's 2011 Geneva Motor Show. If you plan to attend, be sure to stop by the ABT booth in Hall 5, Stand 5031.

Press Release:

ABT R8 GT S – The hot open-top sports car

Red is the colour of love – and the Spyder ABT R8 GT S is on display in an elegant, self-confident red chrome tone at the Motorshow Geneva. A contrast is provided by the middle section of the car with carbon dominating from the bonnet to the rear wing. When designing the car, the Motorsport Department of ABT Sportsline paid attention to weight reductions and the perfect distribution of weight. With its dynamic carbon inlays at the side and on the covers of engine and convertible-top the cabrio signalises that it is one of the fastest around. The front skirt, rear skirt, windscreen frame cover, red air scoops, engine bonnet or even the mirrors are not just design, they are made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CRP) and are correspondingly light. The sports car is the perfect weight to achieve highest performance.

The dream car from Bavaria now brings 620 HP (456 kW) onto the road thanks to
ABT POWER. This is compared to 525 HP (386 kW) on standard models. A performance improvement of almost 20% is a statement in the super sports car class: the ABT R8 GT S sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 320 km/h. The cabrio with the 5.2 litre V10 engine is fully compatible for everyday use and is real fun for cruising on country roads. After all the “hot open-top sports car” is open to anything. And thanks to the ABT Suspension the setup is optimal at all times. The Sports exhaust system provides good acoustics and is an important part of the design concept, it harmonises with the diffuser, rear wing and trapeze-shaped rear skirt. The car is not just extremely quick, but also looks like it is. It makes hearts skip a beat, especially when the light metal alloy ABT BR in 20 or the CR Superlight in 19 inch announce the car’s inherent power even when stationary.

With the ABT R8 GT S the love of detail continues in the interior: ABT Sportsline has “dressed” the sports steering wheel, the centre console, the shifting gate and parts of the door panels in red carbon. As a contrast the remaining parts of the doors and the dashboard were covered with new leather. The texture of the material is expressive and elegant. The red and black leather of the seats perfectly harmonises with this styling. Red safety belts and illuminated door sill panels round off the powerful appearance of the ABT R8 GT S.

ABT 2011 product highlights at the 81st International Motorshow Geneva

When: 3rd to 13th March 2011

Where: Hall 5, Stand 5031

Source: ABT Sportsline