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When it comes to German performance saloons, the Audi RS6 and RS7 models are among the coolest ever created. Long and sleek with typical new-generation Audi looks, healthy power and handling abilities that are better than the large body makes you think. As is the norm with performance Audis, there are aftermarket tuning options for days, and amongst these one of the most well-known and trusted names is ABT Sportsline. The firm specialises in VAG cars, and when they release an upgrade kit or a makeover package you know it’s going to fit how they say it will and do what it’s advertised to do. If they do the job, you even get a decent warranty, which shows a healthy amount of trust in their own products. This latest project to be released by the German tuning powerhouse centres on the Audi RS7, a beast of a car. In its natural state, the saloon is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 that creates 441 kW (600 hp) of power with a high 800 Nm of torque. That torque is needed to shift all 2 140 kg, and it does so pretty damn well. The behemoth can hit 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and it has an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h, with an optional driver’s package that rises to 305 km/h. It’s no slouch. But as ABT says: “600 horsepower was yesterday”. Enter the Audi ABT RS6 and RS7 Legacy Edition packages. There are some tasty visual enhancements, but the core of the Legacy Edition is giving the car the right modifications with a thoroughly researched and innovative cooling system to allow a power output of 736 kW (1 000 hp) and 1150 Nm.

To get that power, a comprehensive list of modifications was carried out. The list includes a carbon intake system with enlarged air intakes, modified turbos, a revised intercooler with enlarged air intakes in the front apron, water/ethanol injection, ABT forged pistons and rods, an additional oil cooler, a 400cpsi and OPF Sport cat, a full custom exhaust system and upgraded engine management. The water/ethanol setup is one of the reasons the car can produce so much power. The additive is injected upstream of the throttle valves, further cooling the air that has already been pre-cooled in the intercooler. This cooling system is controlled by an additional control unit developed by ABT, which interacts with the AEC. The system is permanently digitally monitored for an intelligent, engine-friendly start-up and shutdown of the system. Precise insights, like the level of available ethanol in the tank, and the activation status of the system can be checked on the MyABT app. The water/eth system is activated by pressing the RS button for 1 second while the vehicle is in one of the two RS modes. This will confirm to the driver that the system is active, the fuel octane will be safely at 102-octane and all the horses can be safely unleashed. If the system isn’t active it won’t try and anger all the equines and will keep the pistons inside the engine where big money was paid to fit them. In this lower power spec, the RS7 still has more than enough power to keep your speed addiction in check - 699 kW (940 hp) and 1 050 Nm are there to be abused. Checking the tested performance increase figures, having the car’s 100 km/h - 200 km/h acceleration drop from 8.5 seconds to 5.4 seconds and the 200 km/h - 300 km/h section drop from 37.5 seconds to just 12.8 seconds means this thing is stupidly fast.

Take a look at the YouTube video from ABT Sportsline where Mr Abt himself takes us through the transformation of the already powerful Audi RS7 into an ABT Sportsline special that has all the right upgrades in all the right places, most importantly the right upgrades to bump the power up to a whopping 1 000 hp. "600 horsepower was yesterday" as they say: 1000 HP ABT RS7 Legacy Edition - the superlative power upgrade | ABT Sportsline

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