ABT Sportline Audi AS7 2012 Review
ABT Sportsline is without shadow of a doubt one of the best tuners on the market when it comes to dealing with AUDIs. The German tuner is offering top of the line packages for a wide range of models including the A1 hatchback, the Q7 as well as the Audi R8. Needless to say, it was about time that ABT would extend their line-up, and the company is now offering tuning programs for the Audi A7 as well.
Dubbed the ABT Sportsline Audi AS7 2012, the beefed up A7 comes includes a performance tuning package for the 3.0 liter TDI engine. Thanks to the ABT Engine Control the 245 HP 360 lb-ft of torque unit can now develop 300 horsepower and 427 lb-ft of torque, but that's not all. The 3.0 liter TFSI engine will now develop 420 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, a 120 HP and 75 lb-ft of torque increase compared to the stock unit.
Last but certainly not least, the more powerful 3.0 liter TDI variant boasts 360 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, a very notable increase in performances when compared to the unmodified 313 HP and 480 lb-ft of torque unit. The most powerful variant is able to go from 0 to 62 mph in just under 5.1 seconds.
Furthermore the ABT Sportsline package includes new ABT springs, Level-Control, a new stainless steel exhaust system and a new ABT sport brake system featuring 380 x 34 mm brake disks with 8-piston brake calipers.
As expected, the changes brought forth by the German tuner extend to the aerodynamics and aesthetics as well includes a new front spoiler, a set of side skirts, a rear skirt set and two sets of wheels measuring 20 and 21 inches respectively. To match the new rear skirt a new set of chromed square-shaped double rear pipes with engraved ABT logos are available for purchase. The interior modifications are minimalistic and only include a set of four floor mats featuring silver embroidered ABT logos.
Overall the ABT Sportsline Audi AS7 seems to be true to its name since the "AS" stands for "astonishingly sporty", and delivers a tuning package which Audi enthusiasts will undeniably appreciate.
The ABT AS7 is a special car indeed. Naturally, the “AS” stands for “astonishingly sporty” and the coupé is elegant, assertive and comfortable, even over long distances. And especially in its latest, strongest Diesel version, the 3.0 TDI, which ABT Sportsline has developed for people who are on the road a lot but want to have it all. “This 3 litre diesel simply is a very economical high-performance engine,” says CEO Hans-Jürgen Abt.
The renowned Bavarian company’s managing director knows the bi-turbo engine’s strong potential inside out: “A torque of 700 Nm makes for full superiority”, Abt says. The V6 shows 360 diesel hp (265 kW); up from a standard 313 hp (230 kW). The ABT Sportsline engineers made this possible by employing their ABT Engine Control. The AS7 as the perfect travel companion gets from zero to 100 km/h in no more than 5.1 seconds – through all its lifetime. After all, the extravagant ABT AS7 is not only fast and strong, it is also extremely dependable.
For the premium car with its extravagant design, ABT Sportsline also developed the right visually fitting components. The design masterpiece embodies the true racing spirit. A front spoiler, side skirts and the rear skirt set are part of its bespoke suit and its exhaust pipe covers stand for the sportiness that has characterised ABT for decades now.
The globally largest tuner of cars produced by the Volkswagen Group recommends its own alloy wheels, too. They are perfectly in line with the AS7’s contours and make for an impressive appearance, even when standing still. These racy wheels are available in 20 and 21 inches, also with the appropriate high-speed tyres. Lowering the car’s center of gravity by using chassis springs or the adjustable ABT Level Control make the ABT AS7 look even more assertive. And its roadability is also improved, which makes driving the strong 3.0 TDI in particular a lot of fun. So if you want to put “high performance, much elegance and real extravagance” as briefly as you can, just say “ABT AS7”.