Hybrid tech adds electric boost to already-potent twin-turbo V8 Audi

Abt Sportsline has created the world’s first Audi RS6 hybrid, and it boasts hypercar-rivalling performance. Abt e-Line, the German tuning house’s electric-power division, developed the RS6-E from an Abt-tuned RS6, with the final results seeing it punch through the 1000bhp (745kW) barrier.

The car’s hybrid powertrain, which teams an electric motor and an upgraded version of the standard car’s twin-turbocharged 4-litre V8, kicks out combined totals of 748kW and 1290Nm of torque – some 303kW and 540Nm more than Audi’s own RS6 Performance. Top speed is quoted as being 320km/h, while 0-100km/h is dispatched in 3.3 seconds.

To reach those heady outputs, Abt first applied its Power R upgrade package to an RS6 Performance. This lifts power and torque to 536kW and 919Nm respectively – up from 445kW and 750Nm – by means of a remap and an Akrapovic exhaust system. Next the electric motor was integrated into the drivetrain, adding a further 211kW and 371Nm of torque directly to the rear axle.

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To deploy the extra performance the driver must press two buttons mounted on the steering wheel – one to prime the system and another to activate it. The electric boost is available in ten-second bursts at speeds in excess of 100km/h. Supplying the motor is a battery pack housed in the boot. It’s rated at 13.6kWh, which translates to around 20 bursts before the battery is drained.

All the hybrid technology adds about 200kg to the standard car’s nigh-on two-ton kerb weight, although it’s clearly a trade-off that yields mind-boggling performance, as you can see in the video below, which features Formula E driver Daniel Abt.

Away from the powertrain-based modifications, Abt has fitted H&R springs to lower the car’s ride height. And keen for the RS6-E to grab as much attention as possible, the standard car’s inconspicuous exterior has been abandoned by wrapping it with a circuit-board inspired pattern, grafting on an aggressive, aerodynamic bodykit and fitting three-tone 21-inch Abt Sport GR alloys.