Thursday 26th of November 2015

ABT R8 GT R – A Racecar for the Road



If you think the standard Audi R8 supercar is a bit too “posh” for you, check out what German tuning firm Abt Sportsline just churned out.

The ABT R8 GT R isn’t just your standard tuned car, but a lightweight, high-powered race car for the road and track. The first thing Abt did to this monster is take of Audi’s stock hood, front and rear aprons, rear wing, tailgate, and even the outline edge on the rear, external mirrors, and the door panels – replacing them with their own versions made completely from carbon fiber. The side windows are even replaced with a high-strength, lightweight material called Makrolon. All this stripping down doesn’t sacrifice anything but bulk, and makes for a weight savings of over 220 lbs – a significant number when flying down a track.

As you might expect, Abt didn’t leave the engine alone in this beast. The monstrous 5.2-liter, 525 hp V10 engine in the factory car has been tuned to 620 hp, allowing the Abt R8 GT R to travel from zero to 62 mph in only 3.2 seconds. Keep that right pedal down and the car will reach 124 mph in 9.9 seconds, up to a top speed of 202 mph.

ABT R8 GT R interior

Abt also added a sports suspension and adjustable dampers to fine-tune the performance, along with modified brakes to deal with the extra power. Lightweight 19-inch Abt alloy wheel were added for style and function.

To give it its race track ability, Abt added Recaro racing seats with a 4-point seat belt system, stainless steel roll-over bar with seat belt attachment, hand-held fire extinguisher and a carbon fiber ABT Sports steering wheel.. They’ve even added a an on-board video system and the expandable data module for tracking and recording your lap times and other metrics.

This is truly a track-worthy beast for those who want the gorgeous looks, blistering performance, and overall refinement of an Audi R8 V10 supercar, but also want a highly capable race car.


4 Responses to “ABT R8 GT R – A Racecar for the Road”
  1. steyn says:

    what a sick machine of a car!its beautifull and a monster at the same time!audi does it again

  2. Are you serious?? GTR??? Cant they come up with their own letters instead of jacking them from Nissan? That is like me taking a corvette and naming it a Z06GTO! lol Really when some car manufacture uses its letter as a designation leave it to them. Instead this company couldn’t come up with anything else. And yes i do know what GTR stands for so do not comment me back saying it means this and this is why they choose it. Man up and leave Nissan’s super car out of Audi’s mouth. lol

  3. Alison says:

    I don’t get the hand held business re: the fire extinguisher. I didn’t think there was any other kind that would/could be put in an automobile. Unless, of course, one had one of those automatic ones where sensors located in key spots would set one off. Ah, a car is too small for that kind of stuff. Alison

  4. That is some serious technology being employed there – even though the car does look pretty obvious as being either straight out of a Hollywood set or from Google, who else….

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