How much power does an SUV need in order to be worthy of the ‘super’ prefix? Car makers may have different answers to this question, but to us, something with 500 PS (493 hp / 368 kW) and close to 1000 Nm of torque should do the trick.
Thus, ladies and gents, please give a warm welcome to ABT’s 500 PS (493 HP) and 970 Nm (715 lb-ft) of torque Volkswagen Touareg.
The German family hauler with a generous ground clearance packs the 4.0-liter TDI diesel engine, which already produced a healthy 422 PS (416 hp / 310 kW) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) straight from the factory, with the extra 78 PS (77 hp / 57 kW) and 70 Nm (52 lb-ft) of torque coming from the tuner’s software optimization.
Now, with that kind of power you might not go chasing after a Lamborghini Urus, Bentley Bentayga or Audi RS Q8, for that matter, but you could opt for other parts that are available on ABT’s catalog. These include wheels up to 22-inch in size, as well as suspension upgrades that can lower the ride height by 38 mm (1.5 in) at the front and 30 mm (1.2 in) at the rear.
The interior can be tuned to each customer’s taste, so depending on what you’re looking for, the tuner probably has the solution. From an Alcantara-wrapped dashboard, steering wheel, center console, seats and door panels to contrast stitching and carbon fiber trim, everything is in store and more or less easily applicable. And so that you don’t forget what you’re driving, there’s a smattering of ABT logos as well as dedicated entrance lights.