ABT Sportsline’s AUDI RS7-R Sportback is a 740 HP Mild Hybrid

ABT Sportsline’s AUDI RS7-R Sportback is a 740 HP Mild Hybrid

This 740 HP Audi RS7-R Sportback ABT can accelerate from 0 to 124 MPH in just 10.2 seconds.

ABT Sportsline knows how to push the envelope and assemble an exciting high-performance machine. We discussed the Tactical Green Audi RS6 Avant, which puts out 700 HP and 650 lb-ft of torque, earlier this month. More recently, the popular YouTube channel Auditography offered an in-depth and cinematic look at the extremely specced out 740 HP RS7-R Sportback ABT.

The company will only produce 125 examples of the high-performance RS7-R Sportback ABT. The car is a 2022 model and flaunts a beautiful Sand beige metallic paint job. The limited-edition RS7-R Sportback also gets a full ABT aerodynamic body kit which includes a wide range of carbon fiber add-ons.

These include the prominent diffuser that dominates the rear end of this 2022 RS7-R. The carbon fiber aero body kit also includes a new front splitter, canards, roof spoiler, and side skirts. The car rides on 22-inch HR High Performance ABT rims that sport a black finish. Continental SportContact 6 tires envelop the dark wheels, which offer a striking contrast to this stunning paint job.

RS7-R Sportback

This 2022 Audi RS7-R Sportback ABT also gets carbon fiber mirrors and a quad-tip ABT stainless steel exhaust.

Each tip is 102 mm wide, and the exhaust produces an intoxicating racket. Even more impressive is that the power comes from an electrified mill. Under the hood of this RS7-R Sportback ABT, we find a 4-liter twin-turbo mild-hybrid powerplant. The V8 motor produces 740 HP of maximum power and 679 lb-ft of peak torque.

Power is obviously sent to all four corners. The RS7-R Sportback ABT can accelerate to 62 MPH from a complete standstill in 3.1 seconds. Furthermore, the car can also achieve a top speed of 199 mph. The interior also gets ABT Sportline treatment, and we find ABT badging adorning the seats and the shifter of this RS7-R. Throughout the video, we are greeted by amazing shots as the Audi RS7-R ABT tears across the roads of Forggensee, Germany.

Image Source: Auditography

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Onboard the Audi RS e-tron GT: Video

Audi RS e-tron GT

If you can’t wait to get you hands on the Audi RS e-tron GT this video might help — or make the wait worse.

With internal-combustion development stopped, and Ingolstadt saying that new Audi vehicles will be all-electric starting in 2026, it’s no question that RS e-tron GT represents the future of the Four Rings. Fortunately with 637 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque being piped to all four corners, it’s sure to a blast to drive. And while it shares much of its DNA with the Porsche Taycan? From the pictures and videos I’ve seen, it appears to be way better looking than its corporate cousin from Stuttgart.

Of course, there’s only so much you can tell from the spec sheet and images. The true test of the new green machine will be what it’s like when you’re behind the wheel. Unfortunately, no examples of the RS e-tron GT have arrived in my local press fleet as of yet, meaning I haven’t gotten to flog it and see how the Audi compares to competitors like the Mercedes EQS. So this point-of-view video from YouTuber Tedward is the closest I’ve gotten to that experience. As you can imagine, watching it made me even more excited to get my hands on it.

Just as it is with other electric cars, it’s a little surreal to see it ripping up entrance ramps in complete silence. And given some of the speeds Tedward is hitting here, the lack of wind and road noise is impressive. Since this is supposed to be an executive sedan, and not a bare-knuckle sports car, that’s to be expected. But that doesn’t make the demonstration in this clip any less impressive. For what it’s worth, Tedward seems to be impressed with the acceleration, the steering feel, and — particularly — the natural progression of the brakes, all of which are key metrics.

But while I was watching the clip, a big question popped into my head. Namely, why is max power only available for 2.5 seconds, when the Audi will scoot from zero to 60 in 2.9 seconds. Wouldn’t it make sense to be able to give this big baby the beans until it hits 60 mph, so it can totally slay even harder on tests? After all, we’re talking about less than half a second of additional thrust. Am I missing something here? Hit me up and let me know!

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VIDEO: In-depth Tour of a Rare 1985 Audi Treser Super 5000

Treser Super 5000

This 1985 Audi Treser Super 5000 boasts a 2.1L 5-Cylinder motor, a 3-speed automatic transmission, and only 73,700 miles!

In one of his recent videos, famous YouTuber Doug DeMuro offers an in-depth look at quite a rare Audi model. The car we have here is the Audi Treser Super 5000, and it is currently up for sale on Doug DeMuro’s enthusiast car website Cars & Bids. Walter Treser is the mastermind behind this obscure Audi model.

Treser is famous for playing a crucial role in integrating Audi’s proprietary quattro all-wheel-drive system in Audi vehicles. He later set up his own tuning company, which built many quirky models over the years. Unfortunately, Audi Treser Super 5000 models in the US didn’t get any performance upgrades because of emissions restrictions.

As a result, this car produces the same power as a standard Audi 5000 despite its aggressive body kit. For those unfamiliar with the Audi 5000, the nameplate had one of the most ill-fated stints in the US. Allegations regarding unintended acceleration resulted in a major recall. This also severely damaged the reputation of the Audi 5000, causing its sales to fall drastically.

VIDEO: In-depth Tour of a Rare 1985 Audi Treser Super 5000

Under the hood of this Audi Treser Super 5000, we find a 2.1-liter five-cylinder motor.

It was later revealed that the automaker was not at fault, and “panic, confusion, or unfamiliarity with the Audi 5000” were responsible for the unintended acceleration cases. The turbocharged powerplant hooks up to a three-speed automatic gearbox and propels the front wheels of this Treser Super 5000. The engine could churn out 140 HP of maximum power in its factory tune and 149 lb-ft of peak torque.

DeMuro shared his thoughts on the Treser Super 5000. “I will say that the owner of this car, the seller on Cars & Bids, told me that there was some talk that there was some extra power put in when these cars came to North America, but both he and I agree you don’t really feel it when you’re driving the car around. It feels quicker than you’d expect for 140 horsepower actually, but it doesn’t feel dramatically quick,” shares Doug.

The car also rides on 15-inch wheels and has 73,700 miles on the odometer. At the moment, the highest bid for this 1985 Audi Treser Super 5000 stands at $5600, and the auction ends in four days. “I gotta say you know this car is interesting. It’s fun, it’s quirky; obviously, you would be the star of a RADwood event in this car, any 80s, 90s car gathering, this thing would be a hit,” said DeMuro.

Image Source: Doug DeMuro

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Fake It Till You Make It: Would You Buy an EV With a Fake Manual Transmission?

Audi e-tron GTmodern EVs have single speed transmissions. Audi and Porsche have models that use a two-speed transmission. But there is nothing out there yet with say 6-speeds. And even the two-speed transmissions in EVs are automatics. But if you are a car enthusiast you likely enjoy shifting gears on your own. Just like you enjoy racy engine sounds. An EV eliminates both. Technology might bring them both back.

Jason Fenske recently posted a video on his Engineering Explained YouTube channel. In the video he explains why most EVs currently don’t have multi-speed transmissions. And he goes further to explain how a fake manual transmission could possibly work in an EV. Would you buy one? Would having a manual transmission, even if it was fake, make you more willing to buy an EV? Let’s start by hearing what Fenske has to say.

Audi e-tronfiled a patent application for a manual transmission in an electric car. This car will have three pedals, including a clutch. It will have a 6-speed gear shifter. So, it will look and in theory perform just like a traditional manual transmission. But it is not real. The clutch, shifter, torque, and rpms. Fake, fake, fake, fake. The fake manual transmission will artificially limit torque in each gear. It will artificially prevent you from accelerating with the clutch pushed in. It is all smoke and mirrors.

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Epic Track Battle Pits the Audi RS 3 Limousine Against the BMW M240i xDrive

Audi RS3 Hockenheim

The feral 2022 Audi RS 3 takes down the BMW M240i xDrive in a close fight at the Hockenheimring!

Back for 2022, the Audi RS 3 wasted no time picking fights. Earlier it took down a Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy-R at the Nurburgring. This time Sport Auto initiated the showdown against the BMW M240i xDrive at the Hockenheimring. Why not the BMW M2 CS  you ask? Simple – the M2 outguns the RS 3 in horsepower and cost $40,000 more.

On paper, the M240i is a close match. Closer in price with similar specs, both cars come with turbocharged engines and all-wheel drive. According to the numbers gathered by Fastestlaps, performance specs are evenly matched. Both cars hurl themselves to 60 mph in under four seconds, with the RS 3 narrowly beating the M240i. Neck and neck at the quarter-mile, the RS 3 pulls away from the M240i above 120 mph. Handling is where it gets tricky for the Audi. The RS3 is two seconds slower on the slalom and takes longer to stop.

2022 Audi RS 3

While the Hockenheimring is the lesser-known sister to the Nurburgring, it’s a better course to test acceleration, braking, and handling. 16 of the corners bend 90 degrees or more, with a hairpin thrown in for good measure. Turns 12 thru 16 happen in rapid succession, keeping a good car off balance and putting a bad car into the weeds. Sebastian Vettel set a record lap of 1.11.21 in a Ferrari F1 car. Cars like the Audi R8 V10 Performance or Mercedes AMG GT manage a lap in 1.53. The Audi RS 3 and BMW M240i xDrive both did it in a shade over two minutes, with the RS 3 eeking out the win by a tenth of a second.

2022 Audi RS 3

That two terriers are within seven seconds of the big dogs is impressive. But it’s not all about how fast you go, but how you go fast. Racing is about numbers, but driving is about the experience. For the longest time, BMW held that mantle. The E46 3-series exemplifies this credo, alive with great handling and incredible inline-6 engines. But BMW lost the plot when the company intentionally gave up that edge to generate more sales from people who wanted a prestigious Pontiac.

Thankfully, Audi picked up that mantle. While the BMW looks smoother going around the track, it also seems clinical. Turbocharging muted the inline-6 and the whole experience looks no different than a fast lap at the helm of Gran-Turismo 7. But the Audi is feral. Part of that ferociousness comes from the growl of the inline-5 cylinder engine. But an equal part is from the homework Audi did to sharpen the chassis and improve the differential, which includes torque-vectoring and a drift mode. The RS 3 doesn’t attack corners in the video, it eats them. A tenth of a second is barely worth mentioning. Run it again and the M240i might beat the RS 3 with the fastest time. But it will never beat the RS 3 on the fun-to-drive factor.

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Mark Webb is fascinated by anything automotive and particularly loves cars that are unusual or have a good story. He’s owned a variety of cars from 60’s muscle, Japanese imports, and oddities like a VW Thing and Porsche 924. After 20 years in the automotive and tech industries, he’s a walking encyclopedia of car info and is always on the lookout for his next project or a good road trip.