The German automotive tuner ABT Sportsline took already seriously powerful Audi RS6 and transformed it into the ABT RS6-E hybrid supersportscar with more than 1,000 HP.

As if 605 HP of the regular Audi RS6 are not enough, ABT increased a power of ABT RS6-E to exactly 1.018 HP, and a torque of 700 NM was also increased to 1.291 NM. And what does this increase in power and torque mean in practice? If the ordinary Audi RS6 takes 3.7 seconds to 100 kph and accelerates up to electronically limited top speed of 250 kph, ABT RS6-E sprints just in 3.3 seconds up to 100 kph and is allowed to continue up to 320 kph.

According to ABT, which also has much experience in Formula E electric race series, the ABT RS6-E, which is still in the prototype stage, is somehow predicting the direction in which car tuners will go in the future as their customers are already increasingly looking at hybrid and other alternative drives. They say that they are ready for these changes, and the ABT RS6-E certainly is a demonstration of how much potential is hidden in hybrid powertrains.

The heart of ABT RS6-E is a powerful 730 HP (537 kW) turbocharged petrol engine. It is a tuned version of a 560 HP production engine, which was made stronger by using ABT's control electronics ABT Engine Control and the modifications of the exhaust system. Just petrol engine is used to drive the ABT RS6-E to a speed of 100 kph , when also an electric motor can join it for a short time after the driver gives a command via "magic button". The electric motor releases additional power of 288 HP or 213 kW and 317 NM of torque. Since the power of an electric motor is released only when the driver really needs it, a relatively compact battery with a capacity of 13.6 kilowatt hours is enough.

Of course, ABT does not rely only on power, but also on appearance. The ABT RS6-E has a special futuristic look, which is reminiscent of printed circuit boards, which is also reflected on the 21-inch aerodynamically designed wheels. A substantial aerodynamic package has also been added to the bodywork, and efficient suspension, lowered by H & R springs provides a good contact with the ground.

July 6, 2018 Driving photo: ABT Sportsline

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