Audi RS family gets ABT boost

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What began with the solitary Audi RS2 in 1994 and led to the first official RS 4 in 1999, has now become an entire RS family. And what a powerful family, forget the Kardashians! Its youngest members include the freshly updated Audi RS 4 and the latest versions of the RS 6 and RS 7, as well as the big daddy of die familie, the RS Q8. Although the above models have only just come onto the market, ABT Sportsline have already had their wicked way with them.

Power performance upgrades are now available for all four and are supplied together with TÜV certification and comprehensive guarantees. In addition, a selection of rather tasty alloy wheels are available too. Additional interior options, aerodynamic components, suspension and other extras will also be available at a later date. So watch this space!

Audi RS family gets ABT boost
Audi RS family gets ABT boost

ABT CEO Hans-Jürgen Abt told us: “I look forward to every new RS model, because the series undoubtedly represents the sporting pinnacle of the Audi range. As such, I am excited to find out how much higher we can raise the bar”.

The most compact exponent of the quartet is the RS 4, the only model equipped with a 2.9-litre V6 engine. With 450bhp and 443lbft, its power is already pretty impressive. However, through the use of the high-tech ABT Engine Control (AEC) unit, a significant increase to 510bhp with a maximum torque of 487lb-ft has been achieved.

The Audi RS 6, RS 7 and RS Q8 already pack quite a punch from the factory with a 4.0-litre V8 TFSI with 600bhp and 590lb-ft. Even so, with the ABT Power Performance Upgrade including AEC, the sprightly trio now boast 700bhp and 649lb-ft. ABT, take our money!

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