ABT Sportsline Audi R8 V10 Plus is Faster and Angrier

There are very few people who think that the Audi R8 V10 Plus is a tame car. With a 610 hp 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 engine, the Audi R8 is capable of 0-60 mph in under three seconds and can top out at over 200 mph. It also looks like a proper supercar and has one of the coolest cabins on the market. So tame isn’t a good word to describe it. However, there are still some customers who want a bit more, a bit of extra aggression from their R8. For those people, ABT Sportsline has it covered. The new ABT Audi R8 V10 Plus turns things up to eleven.

With a new body kit that emphasizes a lowered ride height and gives it a racier look, the ABT Audi R8 looks the part of a track-ready supercar. Larger front air intakes adorn the front bumper as well as a carbon fiber front splitter and brake cooling ducts. New side skirts run down the side of the car with carbon fiber winglets on each end, increasing aerodynamics. At the back, a new rear diffuser with some carbon fiber helps to round the look of the car out. All of this makes the R8 look lower than it is and more aggressive.

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Underneath the skin, though, the ABT Audi R8 is equally as aggressive. New, lower coilovers bring the R8 closer to the ground and increase handling capability. We’re worried it might ruin the brilliant ride of the R8 V10 Plus’ magnetic ride control but it does look cool. ABT has also fitted new wheels to the R8 and they come in to variants: 19″ ABT High Performance EF-R wheels or 20″ ABT High Performance GR wheels. Both of them are black, with “Black Magic” and “Anodized Black” finishes, respectively. ABT also fitted new front and rear stabilizer bars, which help to reduce weight. In total, the ABT R8 is 50 kilograms (110 lbs) lighter than before.

But don’t think that all ABT did was make it look racier. It gets a 20 hp bump over the standard car, thanks to a new TÜV-tested stainless steel exhaust, with carbon fiber exhaust tips. That allows for more optimized air flow, thus reducing back pressure and increasing power. While 20 extra ponies isn’t exactly a lot, it’s not bad for a naturally-aspirated engine. Especially one that already had 610 hp.

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The Audi R8 V10 Plus never needed to get any sportier or more aggressive. But now that ABT has done the job, it’s hard to resist. It looks angrier, makes more power and has a more aggressive sound. What more can you want?

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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.