Tuner Abt has a reputation to uphold when it comes to fast Audis. If we judge by the amount of Abt badges we have seen on all kinds of Audis in recent years, the Germans do that with ease. This is the absolute pinnacle in the field of pumped-up Audis, and therefore the superlative of the superlative. Literally, because earlier this year we headlined ‘ Audi RS7 overhauled by Abt one more time ‘. We are subtly adjusting that headline: ‘Audi RS7 once again overhauled by Abt’.
Just like that earlier car, the RS7 in question is called Legacy Edition. We see similar tasteful spoiler work and everything that applies to the RS7 also applies to the technically identical RS6. That is a lot in this case because we are certainly not talking about a car that is provided with more power with a chippie’. Abt pumps up the 4.0 V8, which had previously been boosted to 760 hp, to a very impressive 1,000 hp and 1,150 Nm. The claimed speed gain compared to a standard RS6 or RS7 with 600 hp, see the table below, is enormous.
|Standard||Abt Legacy Edition|
|Assets||600 pk/441 kW||1000 pk/736 kW|
|Koppel||800 Nm||1,150 Nm|
|0-100 km/h||3,5 s||3,0 s|
|100-200 km/h||8,5 s||5,4 s|
|200-300 km/h||37,5 s||12,8 s|
|0-300 km/h||49,5 s||21,2 s|
Abt accomplishes this through what it calls Indirect Water/Ethanol Injection, or IWI. The indirect ethanol injection provides extremely good internal cooling. The result: more air, more combustion, more power. You must activate the IWI system manually using the RS button on the steering wheel of these Audis (legacy edition). For the better Fast-and-Furious feeling, although according to Abt IWI will last as long as you want. And while the ethanol supply lasts, the enthusiast has to refuel the stuff separately via a nipple behind the original fuel filler flap. One filled IWI tank should be good for 3,000 kilometers, although of course, it all depends on how often you use the system. You can only get full power on petrol with octane number 102. On ’98’ the car with the IWI switched on has ‘only’ 940 hp.
This ultimate ‘booster package über-Audi (legacy edition) costs €205,000. Yes: the package! The car is added to that.