Popular wisdom states that roses blooming in late fall indicate a late winter. ABT Sportsline prefers to plant two attractive vehicle highlights on the asphalt to blow away any winter blues. Hardy drivers can have brilliant fun with the S5 Cabriolet all year round, while the A5 Sportback turns out to be everybody’s darling, offering enough space for a sled or snowboard under the tailgate.
First, let’s call “top down” for the S5 Cabriolet, improved by the German company with the ABT Engine Control (AEC): With 425 HP (313 kW) instead of the standard 354 HP (260 kW) and 550 instead of 500 Nm, it takes no seasonal storm to feel the wind in your hair. The substantial power boost of around 20 percent for the 3.0-liter V6 turbo engine is also available for other body versions of the S5. And if the wind created by the vehicle’s speed is not enough, the resonant ABT Rear Muffler with the two black chrome-plated 89 mm double pipes will certainly blow the last dry leaves off the trees. The finely tuned instrument also forms part of the ABT Rear Skirt Set, which gives the Audi a particularly aggressive rear with the distinctive diffuser design. To match this, the front end receives a dynamic ABT Front Spoiler with an offset air splitter from ABT Sportsline. Of course, the shelves at ABT also offer different 19 and 20 inch rims in attractive colors such as “gun-metal”, “silverbullet” or “mystic black”, in FR, GR, DR, ER-C.
So the ABT S5 Cabriolet sets a brisk pace – but the attractive ABT A5 Sportback certainly does not need to hide, either. After all, it received the same styling package from ABT – only the tail pipes are in regular chrome instead of black. Where the S5 scores with ultimate power, the A5 stands out on account of the large engine variety. Thanks to ABT Engine Control, a little bit more is no problem: The 2.0 TFSI with 252 HP (185 kW) as a standard now offers 330 HP (243 kW), the 2.0 TDI evolves from 190 HP (140 kW) to 215 HP (158 kW) and the “little” 3.0 TDI boosts its standard 218 HP (160 kW) to 250 HP (184 kW), while the “big” one grows from 272 HP (200 kW) to 325 HP (239 kW). So, the ABT A5 Sportback definitely has a lot more to offer than just convenient cargo space. Soon, an ABT Height Adjustable Suspension-Kit will complete the range and get both, A5 and S5, 15 to 40 mm nearer to the tarmac.