ABT has a rich history in customizing Audi vehicles for both aesthetics and performance, and they’ve recently brought that expertise to the A5 in what they call the ABT Audi AS5. They describe their makeover as “sporty elegance”, which in my book sounds rather fitting.
“For us, it was important to combine this car’s extraordinary design with our ideas and thus to underscore the car’s character. Its increased performance and its body parts form a unit”, says Hans-Jürgen Abt. The traditional Bavarian company’s managing director is very excited about this automobile. “If you look at the AS5, you want to take in every inch of its marvellous silhouette, and if you sit in it, all you want is to get it on the road. This coupé is really a power pack.“
The body kits include a new front spoiler, side skirts, fender inserts, rear skirt insert, and rear spoiler. Nothing about the new body styling seems over-done or too extravagant, the package is tasteful and clean and serves its purpose very well. The suspension kit improves the stance of the car by lowering its center of gravity, which of course also improves the sporty appearance of the overall design. To complete the new presentation ABT recommends CR Silverlight or DR alloy wheels.
On the performance end the output goes to 300hp for the 3.0-liter diesel and 270hp for the 2.0-liter TFSI engine. The additional power is derived from a custom ECU chip and performance exhaust. Ideally we would like to see more focus on the performance aspect, but this is still a sharp and sporty Audi nonetheless.