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Madcap Audi ABT RS7-R revealed with 730bhp

Limited-run Audi ABT RS7-R gets extra 138bhp plus wild styling add-ons and new interior trim courtesy of famed Audi tuners ABT

This is the Audi ABT RS7-R: a 730bhp, 199mph version of the Audi RS 7 Sportback. It’s the work of Audi tuning specialists ABT Sportsline, and accompanying the extra performance is a host of styling upgrades and suspension tweaks. 

The 138bhp increase over the standard model, plus a 120Nm increase in torque – now 920Nm – is achieved by an uprated turbocharger and intercooler system, plus a revised exhaust system. The changes mean that the standard RS 7’s 3.6-second 0-62mph time drops to 3.2 seconds. Top speed increase to 199mph.

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ABT has also turned its attention to the suspension, offering height-adjustable coilovers and new anti-roll bars. New 22-inch wheels, unique to the RS7-R are finished in black with a bright red finish to the inner rim – just part of a series of wild styling upgrades.

The front gains a deep splitter which turns up to form aerodynamic blades at the sides. It sits below added dive planes, while further aero tweaks include wheel vents front and rear, a deeper side skirt and a new rear spoiler. There’s also tweaks to the grille, plus carbon fibre door mirror caps.

Inside, there’s extra splashes of carbon fibre: the steering wheel, gear selector and dashboard inlays all feature the same finish. ABT also retrims the seats (now with RS7-R logos) and front armrest, while the door sills get a ‘1 in 125’ motif to signify the limited build run.

The upgrade, before fitting, comes to 69,900 Euros – about £61,000 – on top of the £97,090 you’ll pay for a standard RS 7.

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Although ABT hasn’t yet upped the power, it has revealed what it would do to give the eighth generation of Golf look a little more special.

The look starts out with lowering springs because “lowering is essential to create a sporty appearance,” writes the tuning house in a statement. In all, it can be lowered from 25 to 30 mm (0.9-1.2 inches) depending on what you opt for.

Naturally, the look is rounded out by some bigger wheels. And although there’s a variety of choices, ABT has decided to show off a set of 20s.

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The company says its new power upgrade package provides an increase of 80 PS (79 hp) and 80 Nm from stock, and marks a further improvement over its previous ABT Power option that peaked at 510 PS (503 hp) and 660 Nm.

According to the company, the added grunt comes from the addition of a new engine control unit, which works with an additional water cooler kit and air intake cover, while an optional intercooler can also be specified.

Aside from the tweaks under the bonnet, ABT also offers a number of aero components, including wheelhouse vents adorned with carbon-fibre fins as well as a carbon-fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) rear spoiler. At the rear, there’s a stainless steel exhaust system with four outlets, each measuring 102 mm in diameter, furnished with carbon-fibre end pipes and gloss black inserts integrated into the rear skit.

For more visual impact, there are 20-inch ABT Sports WheelsDR and FR wheels finished in mystic black, or a GR model that comes in 20 or 21 inches, available in gloss or matte black. These can be complemented with a height-adjustable suspension kit or height-adjustable suspension springs, along with ABT anti-roll bars for the front and rear.

On the inside, a range of ABT items can be fitted to jazz things up, like a new engine start/stop button cap, carbon-fibre seat frame covers and dashboard covers, a shift knob cover, entrance lights, carbon seat covers, and a leather/carbon finish for the steering wheel.

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