If you’ve been keeping an eye on the tuning scene, you’ve probably seen ABT’s latest wild creation. The RS7-R Sportback takes the usual RS7 to a whole new level courtesy of a widebody kit and more power. The original RS7-R unveiled last month was actually a special build belonging to ABT Formula E driver Daniel Abt who commissioned the car with a funky body wrap.
Auditography had the chance to shoot another RS7-R recently during a trip to Plansee in Austria near the German border, and this time around, the car that had a cleaner design. It wears a Daytona Gray Pearl Effect paint lending the beefy Sportback a menacing look complemented by the carbon fiber accents. This is one of the 125 conversions planned by the Kempten-based tuner, with each priced at an eye-watering €69,900 ($76,500) plus the donor car, of course. That doesn’t include the €6,500 ($7,100) installation charge. Ouch.
For your money’s worth, you’ll be getting an RS7 Sportback that’ll do 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.26 seconds as tested by Auditography. 0 to 124 mph (200 km/h) takes a mere 10.4 seconds, en route to a top speed of 199 mph (320 km/h). These impressive performance numbers are achieved by fiddling with the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine, taking it to 730 horsepower and 920 Newton-meters (679 pound-feet).
Beyond the wider hips and upgraded engine, the RS7-R also has a custom quad exhaust system with carbon fiber tips, along with an adjustable suspension and 22-inch ABT wheels. The tuner will also make some miscellaneous tweaks inside the cabin to nicely round off the pricey package. Optional 22-inch aero wheels as well as interior carbon fiber accents with a glossy finish are available at an additional cost.
This RS7-R Daytona Gray is a beauty and a beast at the same time, but it’ll cost you a pretty penny. Should you want something more practical, ABT offers essentially the same package in the RS6-R Avant.