More power also available through a new ECU.
ABT Sportsline, the German tuner specialized in developing aftermarket packages for a wide range of Volkswagen Group models, is introducing its latest project. It will be available to order from the end of November and will add a sporty visual upgrade to your shiny new Audi A8.
The tuners are enhancing the look of the luxury limo with a stylish front bumper spoiler, a slightly more aggressive rear diffuser, and a small rear boot wing. The first two components are sold as a kit with a price of $2,600 (without VAT), while the rear carbon fiber spoiler is offered at $1,353.
ABT will also have a range of 20-, 21-, and 22-inch wheels with different finishes on sale. Inside the cabin, you’ll find the company’s “well-known” shift knob cover and start-stop switch cap.
Earlier this year, ABT also introduced a performance upgrade for the new A8. The tuner’s ABT Engine Control (AEC) unit optimizes the work of the vehicle’s 3.0-liter TDI diesel engine, which in stock form generates 286 horsepower (210 kilowatts) and 442 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters). With AEC installed, the unit is good for 330 hp (243 kW) and 479 lb-ft (650 Nm) of torque – an increase of approximately 20 percent.
The new control unit works with the original engine control module, ensuring all factory safety functions remain. ABT says that “extensive safety measures ensure that the engine operates in the safe range,” so you shouldn’t worry about the six-cylinder engine’s reliability. The AEC unit communicates with the stock engine module, adjusting up to 25 parameters.
Some of ABT’s latest projects include an unofficial gasoline Skoda Kodiaq RS with 213 hp and an amazing hybrid Audi RS6 Avant with 1,018 hp and 952 lb-ft of torque. Fancy a smaller hot hatch? Then take a look at ABT’s Audi RS3 Sportback.
Gallery: Audi A8 by ABT
ABT Sportsline 2018 – Press Release CW41
ABT aerodynamic package gives Audi A8 a distinctively sporty visual upgrade
From the end of November, ABT Sportsline will be offering an extensive aerodynamic package for the Audi A8 to give the luxury sedan a more distinctive and sporty look. In the spring, ABT Sportsline already presented an ABT Power boost for the 3.0 TDI in the Audi A8. Thanks to the ABT Engine Control (AEC) module developed in-house, the performance grows from 286 HP (210 kW) and 600 Nm to 330 HP (243 kW) and 650 Nm.
The ABT aerodynamic package for the Audi A8 consists of several high-quality add-on parts. While the ABT front spoiler sharpens the existing lines, the ABT rear skirt captivates with a restrained diffuser look that underlines the design language. In addition to the aerodynamic package, which is sold for 2,252.10 € (VAT excluded), the subtle ABT rear spoiler made of carbon fiber for 1,168.07 € (VAT excluded), gives the Audi A8 that certain sporty extra.
Details in the interior, such as the well-known ABT shift knob cover and the start-stop-switch-cap, highlight the increased performance of the Audi A8. In addition to this, a large range of rims and complete wheels from 20 to 22 inch sizes are available from the
ABT Sportsline portfolio. Beside the DR, ER-C and FR models, the ABT SPORT GR 22-inch alloy wheels with matt black paint and diamond-machined surface are also available for the Audi A8. The striking look and the excellent true-running properties perfectly complement the other visual changes from the ABT aerodynamic package.
It is not only the visual upgrade of the Audi A8 that is impressive. ABT Sportsline also makes no compromises when it comes to safety. Extensive safety measures ensure that the engine operates in the safe range. When using the ABT Engine Control, all factory safety functions of the engine are retained and the AEC continuously communicates with the original engine control unit. This means that customers using the power boost do not have to take any risks to enjoy the added fun.