Power and efficiency in one sleek package.
Audi is driving the trending concepts of sustainability, safety, and connectivity into its future products. Already, we have seen the German brand invest heavily in 5G technology for the benefit of both entertainment and safety. It has also made a revolutionary step into electric motorsport with its e-tron Dakar racecar with the help of Ken Block.
While the brand has got its focus set on the future, some tuning divisions are dedicated to showing its existing eco-friendly products some love. One such company is Volkswagen Group tuning specialists ABT who has revealed a subtle performance upgrade for the Audi Q5 Hybrid, along with plug-in hybrid versions of the A6 and A7. In the US, there is no hybrid version of the A6.
The new package caters to the 50 and 55 TFSI e engines. For those not familiar with the new naming conventions, this badge refers to its turbocharged gasoline 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine supported by a plug-in hybrid electric motor. In its standard state, the 50 delivers a combined power output of 295 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. This is bested by the 55, sending 362 hp and 369 lb-ft to the Quattro all-wheel-drive system. In the US, the Q5 Hybrid and A7 Hybrid only have the 55 TFSI e powertrains - there is no 50 TFSI e variant for these models.
Thanks to the simple technology of its in-house developed engine control unit, ABT was able to increase outputs to 419 hp and 406 lb-ft for the 55 TFSI e and 352 hp and 369 lb-ft for the 50 TFSI e. These engine enhancements, for which no updated performance figures are provided, are new from the tuning firm but aerodynamic, suspension and interior revisions already exist for these three models.
Visual highlights are subtle with its catalog consisting of some carbon fiber front and rear spoilers and an array of 20- and 21-inch alloy wheels that can be finished in matt or gloss black. Cabin highlights include an ABT-branded start-stop switch, LED entrance lights, and a shift knob cover. You can also have the dashboard and seat frames upgraded to carbon fiber.
ABT's directive to work on electrified Audis is a natural progression for it because it has some experience in developing electrified motorsport cars. Its most recent venture is the ABT Cupra XE which has been competing in the Extreme E challenge with Dakar champion Nasser Al-Attiyah at the wheel. It also invested heavy resources into the early days of Formula E before exiting the sport last year.