Essen Motor Show: Abt Sporting Van Share Comments The T4 already was a sales hit in the Volkswagen product range. Its successor, the Sporting Van, is equally useful and solid as the bestseller. Already now, Abt Sportsline has developed a tuning programme that provides the van on top of that with plenty of sportivity, power and dynamics. With almost 200 hp and a complete bodywork modification, the Abt Sporting Van looks set to attract a huge fan community pretty soon. With this package, Abt Sportsline once again is proving its versatility and underlines its position as the leading tuning company for cars from the Volkswagen Group. Now who was talking about a commercial vehicle? The 2.5 litre turbo diesel engine of the Abt Sporting Van delivers 144 kW (195 hp) after a modification of the electronic engine management in Kempten. After the chip-tuning, perfectioned by Abt Sportsline with its experience of many decades, the torque has been increased to 450 Nm at 2500 rpm; 0-100 km/h in 11.5 sec. and a V-max of 195 km/h. This puts an end to problems with bigger transports – quite the contrary: with power from the Allgäu, the Abt Sporting Van is also providing sheer driving pleasure under any circumstances. But technology and power are only one thing. Abt Sportsline has also been thinking about the optics: a complete modification of the van includes a new front grille, a front spoiler lip as well as Abt side skirts. At the rear, the designers from the Allgäu have left their discreet, yet unmistakable signature with a rear skirt and wing. The Abt exhaust silencer with four stainless steel pipes is rounding off the optic package. Abt suspension springs, lowering the bodywork by 35 to 40 millimetres compared to the production model cater for improved road holding as well as more sporty and more rigid driving characteristics. The line from the company from Kempten continues with the wheels: the Sporting Van has been equipped with the SP1 wheel in the size of 8.5 x 19 inch. The single-piece sports wheel is marked by its wheel rim bed inclining to the inside and the Abt logo in the heart. The wheels have been fitted with 255/40 R19 Continental tyres. Next to Dunlop, Continental is Abt Sportsline’s tyre partner. A partnership that goes well beyond the sheer supply of tyres. For more discussion on this story, click on the link to our discussion forums at the left.