ABT Power wins AUTO BILD SPORTSCAR of the Year Award
Harry Unflath, the marketing manager of ABT Sportsline, brought it to the point after the presentation of the prizes within the framework of the ESSEN MOTOR SHOW: “Again we have been awarded a prize by the competent readers of AUTO BILD SPORTSCARS for our work. This special praise pleases us very much, but it is also a challenge for the future.” However, the world’s largest tuner of vehicles of the Volkswagen group has been honoured for a vehicle which is so perfect that an improvement is hardly imaginable: The ABT R8 GT S is the epitome of the “hot open-top sports car”. The V10 engine produces 620 HP (456 kW); in 3.5 seconds it shoots from standstill to 100 km/h, the top speed being at 320 km/h – no wonder that the readers of AUTO BILD SPORTSCARS have chosen this dream vehicle for first place in the “Cabrio Tuning” category. All in all, 71,000 persons cast a vote.
“However, there are not only technical facts that make the R8 GT S a special vehicle”, enthuses Harry Unflath. “In the motorsports department of ABT, the vehicle has been optimised for light weight and optimal weight distribution. Carbon is used from hood to rear spoiler”, says the marketing manager of ABT. Apart from the high strength at low weight, the material stands out for its extravagant optical properties: It gives the ABT R8 GT S a very dynamic racing impression. The carbon inlays in the flanks and the covers of the engine and the roof represent the self-confidence of a winner – and that exact is the Spyder from the Bavarian Allgäu region. “We are very proud of our R8 GT S. But I can assure you that we will have ab(t)solute highlights in the program again in the coming model year”, says Harry Unflath.