The RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback are plenty powerful, but that hasn’t stopped Audi from introducing new performance variants.
Set to be launched on December 8th for €135,000 in Germany, the models have been equipped with an upgraded 4.0-liter V8 engine that features larger turbochargers as well as increased boost pressure. Thanks to these changes, the engine develops an additional 30 hp (22 kW / 30 PS) and 37 lb-ft (50 Nm) of torque.
The extra oomph brings their output to an impressive 621 hp (463 kW / 630 PS) and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque. This enables the models to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.4 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds faster than their standard counterparts.
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Both cars come equipped with the RS Dynamic Package, which adds dynamic all-wheel steering, a rear quattro sport differential, and an increased top speed of 174 mph (280 km/h). Customers seeking more performance can opt for the RS Dynamic Package Plus, which includes a carbon ceramic braking system that is 75 lbs (34 kg) lighter than its steel counterpart. The optional package also increases the top speed to 190 mph (305 km/h).
The performance upgrades don’t end there as both models lose insulation, so drivers can better hear the twin-turbo V8. The change also results in a 17.6 lb (8 kg) weight loss, enabling the RS7 performance to tip the scales at 4,553 lbs (2,065 kg) while the RS6 Avant performance comes in at 4,608 lbs (2,090 kg).
Elsewhere, there’s a new self-locking center differential that is “lighter and more compact” for improved driving dynamics. The steering system has also been upgraded to be “more exact,” while the eight-speed automatic transmission now delivers faster shifts.
On the styling front, the performance variants ride on 21-inch aluminum wheels that feature a ten-spoke star design. Customers can also opt for larger 22-inch wheels that are available in a variety of finishes – ranging from matte black to matte gold – and feature a motorsport-inspired design that helps to aid brake cooling. Furthermore, each of the 22-inch wheels is around 11 lbs (5 kg) lighter than the 22-inch wheels found on the standard models.
The benefits don’t end with brake cooling and weight savings as the 22-inch wheels come with new Continental Sport Contact 7 tires. Audi says they offer better grip on wet and dry roads, shorter braking distances, and improved handling.
Buyers will also find a revised color palette that now includes matte and metallic Ascari Blue as well as matte Dew Silver. The models also have matte grey exterior accents, although a matte carbon package will be available.
Inside, the traditional red and grey accents have been joined by a new blue option. When selected, drivers will find blue contrast stitching on the Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, floor mats, and center console. They’re joined by blue seat belts and perforated Valcona leather seats with blue contrast stitching.
Note: In the UK, there are performance, performance Carbon Black, and performance Carbon Vorsprung versions, and pricing starts at £112,650 (OTR). They’ll be replacing the standard RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback.