Boosted Audi RS 6 & RS 7 ‘performance’ variants announced

Brett Davis

Audi has announced special ‘performance’ versions of the RS 6 and RS 7 Sportback, bringing more power to the twin-turbo V8 sports cars.

Audi RS 6 Avant performance

Both models retain the usual 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, however, outputs are lifted from the standard 412kW and 700Nm, to an impressive 445kW and up to 750Nm during overboost.

Out on the tarmac this translates to a quicker 0-100km/h time, dropping from 3.9 seconds to 3.7 seconds. Acceleration from 0-200km/h is also slashed from 13.5 seconds to just 12.1 seconds. An option speed package can lift the top speed from 250km/h to 280km/h.

Apart from the boost in performance, Audi has revised the all-wheel drive system and the 40:60 front-to-rear torque distribution so that it can now adapt to grip levels and speed. Buyers can option for an active rear differential as well for further grip.

In terms of visual changes, both come with unique 21-inch alloy wheels featuring 285/30 tyres for the RS 6 and 275/30 tyres for the RS 7. There’s also lowered air suspension bringing the cars down by 20mm.

Audi RS 7 Sportback performance

The bodykit has been altered to include a new black honeycomb front grille, bigger air intakes, and a different rear diffuser, while inside the cars get RS bucket seats, Alcantara trimmings, and carbon fibre highlights.

Audi Australia is yet to confirm if the models will make it Down Under, but they will go on sale in Germany next month.

UPDATE: Audi Australia has confirmed the new models will arrive locally during the second quarter of 2016. Prices will be announced closer to launch.

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