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And you though your new A4’s front grille was a li

And you though your new A4’s front grille was a little out of proportions. This ABT’s take on the new Q5 and we think slower traffic will cower out of the right-hand lane effortlessly for you sir…

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Audi
Model ABT Q5
Engine 3-litre, V6 turbodiesel
Power 228kW
ABT has restyled the Q5 in the finest Bauhaus-panzer tradition and given it 228kW turbodiesel power.

Hans-Jürgen Abt’s team from Allgäu region have taken the quite good looking standard Q5 – Audi’s smaller, more stomachable SUV – and dressed it up ridiculously for a day out in the urban jungle.

If Rambo drove an Audi, it would be an ABT Q5

ABT says the styling package is about harmony; we think it’s about as harmonious as the sound of a building collapsing.

Many people think nothing can be more imposing than Audi’s range of huge standard front grille designs, we say look at the images and gasp aT the ludicrous ABT spec grille fitted to the modified Q5.

Fender extensions and door strip enhancements flesh out the shape even more, whist a quad-pipe rear muffler and rear skirt round off the radical looks. It looks like something the German border police would use to catch unsuspecting Danish bacon smugglers with.

Dynamic enhancements

To cope with the increase in performance ABT have beefed up suspension springs, lowering of the car's centre of gravity whilst incorporating its own Level Control system, an electronic lowering for the CDC air suspension (Continuous Damping Control).

Regarding deceleration, the ABT sports brake system provides maximum of safety during high-speed driving with brake discs resized up to 380mm.

Direct-injection power boost

Renowned for extracting extra power from cars sporting four-rings on the grille, ABT has worked its technical wizardry on all the direct-injection engines powering the Q5 range. From the entry level 2.0 TFSI right trough to the 3.0 TDI V6, power has been increased appreciably.

The 2.0 TFSI enjoys a 22kW hike in power to a new peak of 177kW; whilst the similar capacity TDI engine is boosted up 15kW to 140kW.

For those aiming to clear a right-hand lane on the autobahn there is the 3.0 TDI in ABT S trim producing 228kW, up an impressive 51kW.

Rolling on moon buggy-like 20-inch BR mags, the ABT Q5 has nearly no traction challenging ability, which combined with its Bauhaus-panzer styling makes the ABT Q5 heroically pointless – just the way a German aftermarket fettled SUV should be.


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