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ABT XGT unveiled; Most track-focused Audi R8 yet

ABT Sportine has finally revealed the most hardcore Audi R8 yet. It is called the ABT XGT.

The ABT XGT is based on the Audi R8 LMS GT2. It’s essentially a race car with number plates. So, you won’t need a flatbed everytime you attend a track day. ABT explains, “The XGT is not a super sports car with a racing look, it is a road-legal racing car.”

“The technical modifications in the areas of thermal management, software and the highly complex vehicle diagnostics system have been carefully implemented in order to preserve the character of the racing car. For everyday usability, the fuelling system from the series was integrated, the instrument cluster was modified for civilian use, and the handbrake, central locking and even a reversing camera and immobiliser were added.”

“The control panel was adapted to road use and controls the electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, air conditioning and indicators, while the special exhaust system including aftertreatment components had to fulfil the KBA’s emission specifications. Of course, the focus was also on safety: a complete XGT vehicle was used in the demanding side and front crash tests, and all KBA specifications regarding brakes and noise levels were met in extensive tests,” the company said.

The ABT XGT is powered by a 5.2-liter V10 that puts out 640 hp. The engine is mated with a 7-speed s-tronic gearbox, with drive going to the rear wheels. The car weighs just 1400 kg, resulting in a power-to-weight ratio of 2.4 kg/hp.

Only 99 examples will be built with prices starting at €598,000.

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