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The largest tuner of Audi and Volkswagen models in Europe, ABT Sportsline has yet to really break into the U.S. market. They do, however, seem to have a plan in place, with Florida-based GGI signed on as a distributor, helping them make a big splash at SEMA by grabbing eyeballs with their new R8 GT-R in a stunning matte-white.
We were first to bring you shots of the R8 GT-R when it made its world premiere back at the Geneva Auto Show and now ABT has brought this incredible performance machine to America, debuting with a great deal of pomp and circumstance to a private audience in Las Vegas.
ABT Sportsline, has taken the 5.2-liter R8 to a whole new level, pushing horsepower from the factory 525-hp to an astonishing 620-hp. The car sports a top speed of 202 mph with a 0-62 mph acceleration in a mere 3.2 seconds. It’s not all about horsepower and engine performance however. ABT tosses in their Sports suspension package with fully adjustable dampers specifically developed for the R8 GT R. They have also modified the ceramic brake system with new brake pads to enhance braking performance. All four corners have been outfitted with new ABT CR wheels and at the rear is a lightweight exhaust featuring ABT’s Titanium special coating. But the biggest change is the actual body of the car. While aggressive, it uses ABT’s knowledge as a DTM Championship team and is entirely made of carbon fiber. All this combines to a curb weight that is 220 lbs less than the factory model.
Essentially a race car for the street, ABT is building just 25 of these monsters for a select few affluent customers.
GALLERY: ABT Audi R8 GT-R
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