ABT Sportsline Audi TT RS
Transverse front engine, all-wheel drive
2.5-liter I5, dohc, 20-valve; updated FSI 42-degree rotation camshafts, modified BorgWarner turbocharger and high-flow intercooler, Abt-Sportsline Power S ECU remap (21.0 psi max boost)
Six-speed manual, Haldex 4 center differential
Triangular lower wishbone, MacPherson struts w/Audi standard Sachs dampers and Muhr und Bender springs (f); Four-link structure (r); antiroll bars
Four-piston aluminum calipers; standard 14.6-inch compound ventilated front rotors with perforated friction rings; 12.2-inch compound ventilated rear rotors; two-stage ESP
Wheels and Tires
Diamond Black Abt BR cast alloys, 9.0x20;Continental ContiSportContact 5 P, 255/30
52.8-inch optional fixed rear wing with body color stanchions, extended chin splitter
Peak Power: 494 hp @ 6525 rpm
Peak Torque: 480 lb-ft @ 3315
0-62 mph: 4.0 sec.
Top Speed: 177 mph
1984 Audi UR-Quattro
Remember, if you got this lucky, your first Audi Quattro coupe drive back in the mid-'80s? Damn, I do. It's also one of those cases where I remember it more fondly than it actually merits. Nonetheless, the effect at that time merits much praise. There was nothing like it then and so it still makes my knees weak.
In its main showroom in Kempten, Abt has a black-painted Ur-Quattro that the family jacked to 350 hp and raced frequently with great success. This one here is a stock 300-hp coupe in pearl white original paint. Audi is drawing obvious parallels between the TT RS of today and this car since both have the turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder philosophy going on. Driven side-by-side, the Ur-Quattro would no doubt involve much more shoving around and body English, while these days the TT RS pretty much shoves itself around.
Just note: Those "performance" 9.5x16 solid steel wheel anchors painted body color white with 245/45 Contis-Yech. Love the living room furniture in back, too. Plus, the wonderful world of 1980s plastic up front. But what a car. -MD