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This Audi RS5 is more powerful than a C63 or M4

Tuner ABT rights some of the RS5's wrongs with more noise and power

“It’s so, so much less firm than the opposition. And quieter. And less aggressive. And it doesn’t feel quite as quick, given it’s 50bhp down on an Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio or Mercedes C63.”

So said we when we drove the Audi RS5 last year. Seems someone was listening, and the folks over at tuner ABT have responded to each area with the limited-run ABT RS5-R.

It’s stiffer, with new height adjustable springs and KW coilover suspension. There’s a four-pipe sports exhaust system. ABT fits far more aggressive 21in wheels (two inches up on standard) and some notable aerodynamic bits, including dive planes on the front bumper.

Perhaps most notably, there’s another 79bhp, the RS5-R producing 523bhp and 509lb ft, enough for a 0-62mph time of 3.6sec, which is 0.3sec quicker than standard.

Just 50 ABT RS5-Rs will be made, each with an appropriate plaque inside its far more carbon-clad interior. There aren’t prices yet, but they’ll likely be announced when the car is revealed at the 2018 Geneva motor show.

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