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Suzuki’s new Swift hatch and sedan in SA

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ABT adds elegance and pace to A5

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 Twist spoke wheels add the requisite geometric sh

Twist spoke wheels add the requisite geometric shape and contrasting tension to A5’s stunning cabriolet lines. Huge ABT aftermarket brakes very visible too, and quite necessary considering the performance on tap.

Audi’s soft-top A5 is undoubtedly a stunner. Now Allgau based tuner, Hans-Juergen Abt, has endowed it an even greater sense of occasion.

Careful not to meddle with the near perfect production car proportions of the A5, ABT’s technical team has erred on the subtle side of aftermarket design flair with regards to the ABT A5 bodykit.

Viewed front on, the new head- and foglight accents and apron are immediately apparent, framing a custom ABT grille, whilst new side sills run the styling changes along the flanks.

From the rear, quad exhausts (84mm chrome tipped items) are accommodated in a new lower fascia section, whilst strikingly styled BR alloy wheels, in either 19- or 20-inch diameter, round off the aesthetic embellishments of the ABT A5.

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ABT has always taken great pride in the technical prowess of its conversions, offering neat power upgrades to go with the more resolved styling of products leaving the Allgau workshop.

For the A5 soft-top range, ECU reprogramming and in-house built and calibrated ABT turbochargers provide notable power upgrades.

Entry level A5 2.0 TFSI engines are significantly boosted, from the standard 132- and 155kW specification to a very healthy 202kW.

Audi’s compression ignition engines are tuned to similarly impressive levels of performance, with the 2.7 TDI V6 increasing output from 140- to 169kW and torque maxing at 430Nm.

Audi’s headline 3.0 TDI V6 is chipped and runs ABT’s homemade turbo to boost power from 176kW to 228kW, with rotational force peaking at 610Nm - render a very rapid open-top oil burner.

Keeping these heightened levels of performance in check is ABT’s performance brake system, which, featuring 380mm discs actuated by eight-piston callipers, runs true to its billing as an Autobahn grade deceleration aid.


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