Some of you will be surprised to hear ABT has been operational since way back in 1896 when company founder Johann Abt set up a blacksmith shop in Kempten, Germany. Nowadays it’s focusing on a wide variety of cars from the Volkswagen Group, ranging from the humble Skoda Citigo to the Audi R8 supercar. For its latest project, ABT Sportsline decided to bring the TT RS closer to the performances of its bigger brother.
Meet the TT RS-R. A hardcore special edition limited to 50 units for the coupe and another 50 for the roadster. Both body styles share a heavily upgraded version of the five-cylinder, turbocharged 2.5-liter engine pushing out an extra 100 horsepower for a total of 500 hp (368 kW). Torque is also up substantially, by 90 Newton-meters (66 pound-feet) to a massive 570 Nm (420 lb-ft).
ABT is only talking about the roadster’s performance and says it’s quicker in the sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) by half a second. That means it can complete the task in just 3.4 seconds, so it’s only a tenth of a second slower than the recently introduced R8 V10 Spyder Plus. There’s no word about top speed, but we can remind you the regular TT RS Roadster maxes out at 174 mph (280 kph).
The upgrade program is not only about the engine as ABT has also developed a wide array of other goodies. The most obvious would have to be the aggressive body kit featuring a plethora of carbon fiber bits and bobs. From the front spoiler lip and canards to the beefier side skirts and rear diffuser, the TT RS-R definitely has the looks to match its newly gained force. Glossy black 20-inch alloy wheels and a stainless steel exhaust system with quad pipes round off the package.
You’ll have to give them a call about pricing, but the tuner does say individual parts can be ordered and installed onto an existing TT RS of the current generation.
Source: ABT Sportsline
Gallery: Audi TT RS-R by ABT Sportsline
So close to Heaven: Pure Driving Pleasure with the ABT TT RS-R Roadster
Life raises countless questions but only gives few answers. These are sometimes surprisingly obvious, however. For example, the answer to the question of the perfect car for summer can only be ABT TT RS-R Roadster. After the fine-tuning by ABT Sportsline, the world's most powerful series ex factory five cylinder achieves a formidable 500 HP (368 kW) at 570 Nm, guaranteeing even greater driving pleasure and performance. The convertible's optimized motor management, combined with enhanced styling promises the Summer of your Life.
ABT Power R titillates a formidable additional 100 HP from the Audi TT RS's 2.5 petrol engine, allowing it to reach 100 km/h entire 0.5 seconds faster. "We always achieve the maximum in terms of performance of the engines," managing director Hans-Jürgen Abt stresses. "But never more than technically reasonable. Therefore, there is no risk to the vehicle, and our customers don't have to compromise to benefit from an ABT." The ABT TT RS-R Roadster has been given the right stainless steel exhaust system with double tailpipe trims, so that the sound really does do justice to the additional power.
Besides the technical improvements, numerous visual changes have been made out- and inside the vehicle. For example, add-ons made from carbon fibre enhance the exterior, giving the limited edition of 50 ABT TT RS-R a significantly more elegant and sportier look. Among other things a front spoiler, front flics and front blades have been added. The new, exclusive front grille frame with red TT RS-R lettering has also found its way into the model. Further details, such as the side skirt add-ons with side blades and the multi-part rear skirt, create consistent highlights. Finally, the 20-inch ABT SPORT GR wheels in "glossy black" with diamond machined flange are a clear indication that the ABT RR RS-R Roadster is no normal vehicle.
Refined seats with TT RS-R logo and numerous badges are now waiting in the inside, which points equally to the Roadster's exclusivity and origin. The ABT LED-door entrance lights have also found their way into the Audi and project the ABT TT RS-R logo onto the asphalt each time you open the door. Should the ABT TT RS-R Roadster's available equipment contrary to expectations fail to satisfy all demands, ABT Sportsline's extensive range of optional add-ons is available. For example, the catalog includes a leather and carbon interior as well as different rims or sports stabilizers. The experts at ABT Individual are on hand, who offer tailored handcrafted solutions for models that are absolutely unique.