Swiss tuning house ABT had earlier shown us how their engineers can transform a sublime Audi R8 into a mental road-runner in the form of the R8 GT. This time they have gone a step further to create a uniquely insane R8 GTS. This could undoubtedly be crowned as the show-stopper of the 2011 Geneva motor show.
To start with, ABT engineers were provided with a standard Audi R8 V10 Spyder and what transpired could only be described as mental. They finished the car in blood red chrome and carbon fibre. The engine cover has been raised and a carbon fibre spoiler has been added. The company also throw in BR 20 inch or super lightweight 19 inch rims.
Front and rear bumper have been replaced with aftermarket pieces with huge air-intakes. The rear bumper bulges out slightly and also houses quad exhausts. The interior is also finished in black and red to match the exterior. The R8 GTS is fitted with multiple carbon fiber reinforced plastic elements, including the front skirt, rear skirt, windscreen frame cover, red air scoops, engine bonnet and mirrors.
Moving on to the most important bit, the engine. The standard R8 V10 produces 525 bhp. Apparently, for some reason the ABT boffins thought that 525 horsepower would be insufficient to power their mad creation and hence decided to tune the V10 to 620 horsepower. All this shove now catapults the R8 GTS from 0-62 mph in under 4.0 sec or 3.6 sec to be precise and on to a top speed of 200 mph (320 kph). They have also played around with the suspension a bit in order to cope with the mental power. So, the R8 GTS is not just fast in a straight line but around corners its as precise as the original or even better.
“Red is the colour of love – and the Spyder ABT R8 GT S is on display in an elegant, (self-confident red chrome tone at the Motorshow Geneva. A contrast is provided by the middle section of the car with carbon dominating from the bonnet to the rear wing. When designing the car, the Motorsport Department of ABT Sportsline paid attention to weight reductions and the perfect distribution of weight,” stated the press release.