Audi has launched Audi RS 6 Avant performance and Audi RS 7 Sportback performance in Germany. The Audi RS6 performance and Avant and RS7 performance Sportback have been priced at €1,17,000 and €1,21,700 respectively.
On the exterior, the performance edition can be distinguished by certain design tweaks such as front bumper with large inlets, gloss black honeycomb grille bearing Quattro lettering, prominent side sills, redesigned rear diffuser and 21-inch cast aluminium wheels. The matt titanium finish on exterior details also indicate that this is the ‘performance’ special edition. Audi also offers an optional and exclusive Ascari metallic blue paintjob.
The interior features the RS multifunction leather-wrapped sports steering wheel and RS sports seats with pronounced side bolsters and integrated head restraints. There is an optional RS performance design package that comes with new seat upholstery in an Alcantara/leather combination with honeycomb pattern and matching contrasting stitching on the armrests, control elements and floor mats. The knee pads are done in Alcantara and carbon twill blue inlays. The dial instrument cluster features black faces, white dials and red needles.
Both Audi RS 6 Avant performance and Audi RS 7 Sportback performance share the same 4.0-litre TFSI twin-turbo V8 petrol engine whose performance has been boosted thanks to modifications to the specific engine management system that now gets increased rpm and boost pressure.
The power output has been dialed up by 33 kW (45 hp) with torque increasing by 37 lb ft (50 Nm). The result is a total output of 605 hp available between 6,100 to 6,800 rpm. Peak torque is marked 700 Nm (516.3 lb ft), accessible between 1,750 to 6,000 rpm. There is also an Overboost functionality that temporarily boosts the peak torque to 750 Nm (553.2 lb ft); this function is activated automatically when under full load and transmission/engine setting is in ‘Dynamic’ mode.
Performance aided by the standard 8-speed tiptronic gearbox is near-supercar levels. 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) can be reached in just 3.7 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the standard RS variant. The dash from standstill to 200 km/h (124.3 mph) is completed in a blistering 12.1 seconds; this figure again represents an increase of 1.4 seconds over the standard RS variant.
Top speed is restricted to 155.3 mph (250 km/h) but can be increased to 174 mph (280 km/h) and 189.5 mph (305 km/h) in the RS 6 Avant and RS 7 Sportback respectively, with the optional ‘Dynamic’ package. Audi claims that despite the raise in performance, fuel efficiency remains the same at 24.5 mpg (10.41 km/l) and 24.8 mpg (10.54 kpl) for the RS 6 Avant and RS 7 Sportback. CO2 emissions are rated at 223 g/km and 221 g/km respectively.
Power is put down on the road through the quattro all-wheel drive system, that has a standard torque distribution of 40:60 between the front and rear axles through the center differential. An optional sport differential is also offered that actively splits the torque between the wheels of the rear axle. The driving dynamics are furthered by the use of standard RS adaptive air suspension that can lower the ride height by 20 mm and vary the damping control according to the road conditions, driving style and mode selected in the Audi drive select. For those looking for an even more responsive ride, Audi has made available the RS Sport Suspension Plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) and a dynamic steering as well with continuously variable steering ratio.
The Audi RS 6 Avant performance and Audi RS 7 Sportback performance will be seen in German dealerships by the beginning of November.
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