[UPDATE, March 7] Live images from the Geneva Motor Show have been added at the beginning of the gallery, below.
ABT Sportsline has been on a roll lately with projects based on the Audi RS6 Avant, culminating with Jon Olsson’s 725-hp Project Phoenix and Audi’s own 695-hp Nogaro Edition. The good news is the smaller RS wagon from Audi Sport hasn’t been neglected and now the German tuner is ready to introduce the RS4-R.
An evolution of a previous package released by the aftermarket specialist, the new kit dials the biturbo 2.9-liter V6 by a further 20 horsepower to a grand total of 523 hp (390 kW). Torque has also been massively boosted to 690 Newton-meters (509 pound-feet), representing an increase of 90 Nm (66 lb-ft) over the standard RS4 Avant.
There’s more to the RS4-R than its amped-up six-cylinder engine as ABT has also installed a high-performance exhaust system with four 102-mm carbon tailpipes as seen on the tuner’s RS5-R to enhance the soundtrack provided by the new V6. As the images show, the hot wagon has also received a heavy dose of carbon fiber inside and out, while the stock 19-inch wheels have been removed to make room for the tuner’s own 21-inch alloys shod in 275/25 ZR21 tires.
But wait, there’s more. Height-adjustable suspension springs are also part of the package, as are the sport stabilizers and a full coilover suspension system, though the latter is currently in the works and you can’t have it right now.
Performance numbers haven’t been disclosed, but rest assured it’s way quicker than the standard RS4 Avant sold by Audi, which isn’t exactly a slouch to begin with: 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in 4.1 seconds and a top speed electronically capped at 155 mph (250 kph) or 174 mph (280 kph) with the optional RS Dynamic package.
ABT Sportsline will have its new RS4-R on display starting next Tuesday at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
Gallery: ABT RS4-R at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show
More horses than Spruce Meadows: ABT RS4-R with 530 HP premieres in Geneva
There are more than 400 permanent horses in Spruce Meadows, the largest equestrian facility in the world. The Canadian estate encompasses a massive 360 hectares. With its brand-new ABT RS4-R, the German tuner ABT Sportsline demonstrates how to accommodate considerably more “horses” on less than nine square meters. To be introduced for the first time at the 88th Geneva Motor Show (March 8 to 18, 2018), the powerful Avant delivers 530 HP (390 kW) and 690 Nm. That is 20 HP more than the previously strongest ABT RS4. The difference to the standard vehicle is even greater, which manages to get 450 HP (331 kW) and a maximum torque of 600 Nm out of the 2.9 liter biturbo V6.
As it does with its technical brother RS5-R, ABT Sportsline also relies on a multi-stage performance package for the RS4-R. This package consists of an additional engine control unit, the ABT Engine Control (AEC), and a high-performance sports exhaust system. With its four 102 mm carbon tailpipes, it also soars to new heights visually and acoustically. That this is no normal RS 4, though, can also be seen at first glance. Because this car is equipped with an extensive aerodynamic package. The delivery scope includes an ABT Front Lip, Front Flics, a Front Grille with RS4-R logo and a Rear Skirt Add On.
While the Audi RS 4 boasts 19-inch wheels in the standard version, ABT Sportsline naturally sets the bar a little higher in this respect as well. Despite its 21 inches, the athletically styled ABT SPORT GR alloy rim has not an ounce of unnecessary weight and features a strongly concave rim base. The matching tire format is 275/25 ZR21.
The fact that the ABT RS4-R literally sticks to the asphalt is not only due to its sport tires. The Bavarian tuning company manages to improve the already excellent standard suspension with ABT Sport Stabilizers and ABT Height Adjustable Suspension Springs. A complete coilover suspension system with a special ABT Shock Absorber Setup is also under development, in cooperation with the partner KW automotive. This setup provides a sporty-dynamic driving experience without neglecting the required comfort.
The ABT RS4-R catches the eye not only with its outward appearance: The individual interior design, which includes partial leather seats with a prominent RS5-R Logo, ABT Gear Shift Cover (carbon) and many other extras, is convincing in every aspect. And so, a sporty station wagon is born which not only wins acceleration races, but also wins over hearts.