Geneva-bound ABT RS4-R boasts 530 horsepower, matching aero kit
Something tells us ABT won't stop here with the power upgrades
ABT Sportsline showed last month its first tuning project based on the latest Audi RS4 Avant, and it was a cool yet somewhat understated take on the performance wagon. As you can see, the aftermarket specialist didn't plan on stopping there and prepared a more hardcore version of the Audi RS4 for the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
It's called the RS4-R, and it shares the power upgrade with the RS5-R that will also debut in Switzerland. That means the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 gasoline engine now produces 530 metric horsepower and 690 Nm (509 lb-ft) of torque — 20 hp more than the earlier ABT RS4 and 80 hp and 90 Nm more than the stock car.
The extra power comes courtesy of the ABT Engine Control (AEC) unit and a high-performance sports exhaust system with four 102-mm carbon tailpipes. As a result, the 0 to 100 km/h sprint is dispatched in 3.8 seconds (0.3 seconds quicker than the stock RS4), with a top speed of 280 km/h (174 mph).
It certainly looks fast with the aggressive aero kit that brings together an ABT Front Lip, Front Flics, a Front Grille with RS4-R logo, and a Rear Skirt Add On. The tuner also replaces the standard 19-inch alloys with 21-inch ABT Sport GR rims shod with 275/25 ZR21 tires.
Besides powertrain and styling updates, the RS4-R also packs suspension upgrades such as the ABT Sport Stabilizers and ABT Height Adjustable Suspension Springs. The tuner says it is also developing a complete coil-over suspension system with a particular ABT Shock Absorber Setup together with KW Automotive.
Inside, the ABT RS4-R adds partial leather seats with RS4-R logo, carbon fiber trim, and ABT Gear Shift Cover, among other things.
If you must know, the price of the entire ABT RS4-R package is €29,900 in Germany if you have the RS4 donor car. If you don't, ABT Sportsline will be more than happy to write you a €113,790 invoice.