The 2008 Audi A5/S5 pair of extremely hot sports coupes is spectacularly disgusting as it is, so the German tuner Abt Sportsline didn’t have to invest too much effort in making the S5 look even uglier. The new two-color color scheme puts an extra emphasis on the vehicle’s bulging hood with the signature repulsive gaping mouth of the radiator grille, while the new front bumper makes the S5’s front fascia look like it has just bit a particularly juicy lemon.
Luckily, the new Abt Sportsline AS5 tuning package is not about the looks. It’s more about horsepower and driving pleasure. Well, at least the company says so.
The new coupe, Abt says in its press release, is equipped with a 3.0-liter TDI diesel engine, which is souped-up to produce 272 hp instead of lesser impressive 240 hp in the original model.
The oil-burner may produce even 28 hp more if additionally equipped with Abt’s turbocharger.
Judging by the numbers, the increase in power output was delivered thanks to reprogramming of the existing ECU module or adding a new one.
The company doesn’t say a word about the vehicle’s acceleration time, but it is safe to assume that it will take about 5.5 seconds to jump from standstill to 100 km/h.
To make the AS5 come at better terms with the increased power output, Abt has also equipped the German coupe with a sports suspension and its own brake system with 380 mm disks hidden by the huge 18- or 20-inch AR rims.
And, talking about looks, the car comes with a new appearance kit as well as some interior enhancements. The latter include Abt’s own steering wheel with a premium-grade Nappa leather trim and some aluminum and carbon fiber elements of interior.
As you can see on the photos, the body kit consists of a new front skirt with a grid element, gill-shaped air-inlets, new rear spoiler and the rear skirt with a built-in diffuser and a four-pipe rear muffler. Sorry, no carbon-fiber here.
Well, it’s still ugly.
Photos: Abt Sportsline
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