11 Jul A look at the new ABT Audi A8 TDI
We love an ABT Sportline build here at Gerber Motorsport. That’s because the brand is well-known for its jaw-dropping mega builds that break the molds in terms of power, aero, and performance. Their builds make the equivalent stock Audis look like toy cars. In a new move, they have turned their attention towards a luxury Audi diesel car. The A8 is a sensible choice for many middle-aged consumers looking for a luxurious commute to work. So what happens when the ABT Sportline team get their hands on it? This does…
Introducing the ABT Audi A8 TDI 50. This behemoth takes the A8’s stock 3.0L turbocharged V6 diesel engine and adds even more power to it. The stock Audi A8’s 3.0L engine produces 282 brake horsepower and 443 lbs-ft of torque. Audi lovers know that these figures taken on their own are impressive. There are many an A8 driver across the country satisfied with the speed and power that lets their Audi go from zero to sixty in just under six seconds. But they were not enough for the ABT Sportline team.
The ABT Sportline has finely tuned the A8’s engine so that it now produces 325 brake horsepower and 479 lbs-ft of torque. Now, I can hear the tuners among you denouncing that increase as pretty pitiful. And you’re right. While it isn’t massive, however, it was only from an ECU tune. That’s it! Even the best tuners would be hard pushed to get those numbers with just an ECU tune. What’s more, that “small” tune allows the ABT Audi A8 TDI to go from zero to sixty in close to five seconds. That’s equivalent to the VW GTI. And remember, this car is meant to be a luxury diesel. It isn’t meant to be known for its power, but thanks to ABT we are comparing it to a GTI all of a sudden.
What did ABT do to the rest of the A8 if they managed to shave nearly a second off its zero to sixty time? Well, not a lot actually. The only other major change was that they changed out the rims for the new 22-inch ABT Sport GR wheels. These are fantastic looking wheels that we recommend anyone put on their Audi, even if they aren’t sending it to us for a tune.
We think ABT could have gone further with the A8. We’d definitely like to see them play with the suspension and lower the ride. Maybe they’ll do it in the future, or maybe it’s something we’ll look at here at Gerber motorsport. Remember, if you want to tune your Audi, you don’t need to pay an extortionate amount of cash, you can come to us. We know what it takes to get your Audi track-ready and to tweak it so that you squeeze the most performance out of the engine’s capacity. Get in touch today to see how we can help.