Abt-Audi AS7 Sportback in the test

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Abt-Audi AS7 Sportback in the test
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' If you take off from the flight ... from ... from the main station - you get on at the main station, You can take the Transrapid to the airport in ten minutes. ”Edmund Stoiber's speech on the Transrapid is legendary to this day, and the ultra-fast magnetic suspension railway between Munich Central Station and Franz-Josef-Strauss-Airport has long been a record. Did you think of the former Bavarian Prime Minister at Abt Sportsline in the Allgäu when you developed your high-speed express called AS7? With the tuned Audi S7 Sportback, Stoiber's vision could come true.

Abt-Audi S7 Sportback with 540 hp

In order to surpass the by no means weak Audi S7 series model with 420 hp, they install In addition to the standard control unit, Abt engineers have an additional Abt control unit. Thanks to the TÜV-approved electronic doping, the engine output climbs by an incredible 120 to 540 hp. Even better, for high-speed fans, the Allgäu people also lift the 250 km /h anchor, which is annoying at night on the motorway. Classic Abt: The tuner grants a two-year guarantee on engine tuning after the first delivery of the vehicle up to a mileage of 100,000 kilometers.

Whether at a leisurely city pace or on the motorway, the power sedan with the coupé-like lines glides comfortable and thanks to double glazing almost free of wind noise over the asphalt. A more robust V8 voice would be desirable, the tested four-liter twin turbo does not go beyond whisper tones, even under full load. In the future, Abt will also be offering an optional sports exhaust system for the Audi S7 Sportback, but the price has not yet been determined.

Less than four seconds at 100 km /h

Not only thanks to the phantom black paintwork, the Audi S7 modified by Abt becomes a short and long-range weapon. With biting traction, the all-wheel drive claws its way into the asphalt with 680 Nm of torque and lifts its quite massive live weight of 2,053 kilograms from a standing start to 100 km /h in 3.9 seconds (Audi S7 Sportback series: 4.5 seconds). Even top athletes like the Audi R8 GT and Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 don't get going any faster.

The tuned Audi S7 Sportback easily sprints away from the competition from the four-door Gran Turismo camp. Time comparison in the 0-100 duel: 4.1 seconds for the Porsche Panamera Turbo with 500 hp, 4.5 seconds for the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG with Performance Package and557 hp. The performance of the Abt-AS7 is pleasantly linear. This is how you could imagine an RS7 Sportback ex-factory.

Despite 21-inch wheels with 30 mm tire cross-section and 15 millimeters lowering, compared to the Audi S7 series version, hardly any losses in terms of rolling and suspension comfort have to be accepted will. However, the ceramic brake for 8,250 euros gives cause for criticism. While the braking system is worth a new Dacia Logan car in both the Abt-AS7 and the production model with top values ​​in dry conditions, the system decelerates only very moderately in very wet conditions after a long journey without braking intervention. But the poor water displacement on the ceramic discs comes from Audi and not the abbots.

Two-ton ship on the racetrack

Even if the Allgäu tuner is firmly rooted in motorsport, the two-ton ship from Kempten actually does not belong on the race track. As expected, the Abt-AS7 with the optional sport differential in the test lapsed the sport auto reference course in Hockenheim, similar to the production model, with neutral to good-natured understeering, but 1.7 seconds faster than the off-the-shelf Audi S7 Sportback.

' If you leave the main train station in Munich ... in ten minutes ... “That's right, there was something else - Edmund Stoiber's Transrapid vision. The Audi on-board navigation system MMI plus estimates 35 kilometers between Munich Central Station and Franz-Josef-Strauss Airport. In ten minutes? With a GPS-measured Vmax of 300 km /h, it would be worth a try in the Abt-Audi S7 Sportback.

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