Audi Australia has confirmed the RS 6 Avant performance and its RS 7 Sportback sibling are headed down under. More powerful and faster than their predecessors, packing an almighty punch on the road, their local arrival is imminent.
Starting from $241,500 plus on-roads, these two legendary models have become the very pinnacle of the illustrious combustion RS range. The beating heart of these thoroughbreds boasts an increase in boost pressure from 2.4 to 2.6 bar too.
The 4.0-litre V8 biturbo TFSI engine now flaunts a total power increase from 441kW to 463kW and in maximum torque from 800Nm to 850Nm. Both can sprint to 100km/h in just 3.4 seconds.
As impressive as this crushing performance is, progressive efficiency technologies are integral to the pair, and the engine continues to offer the efficiency measures of cylinder on demand and 48-volt mild hybrid technology.
Additionally, reduced insulation between that which separates the engine, the interior cabin, and the rear of the vehicle ensures that passengers experience a thrilling next-level theatre of sound.
The reduction in sound-deadening material allows the emotive sound of the sport exhaust system to travel easily into the cabin and in turn contributes to a reduction in unladen weight of the vehicle.
Power from the engine flows through a standard eight-speed tiptronic with faster shifting times to the permanent all-wheel drive quattro. The self-locking centre differential is also lighter and more compact, improving driving dynamics and offering more precise cornering.
The Audi drive select dynamic handling system lets the driver control the vehicle’s character with six profiles available; efficiency, comfort, auto, and dynamic, and two customisable RS-specific RS 1 and RS 2 modes.
Revised software for the gearbox and the resulting reduced shift times in S and Dynamic mode too. In addition to the engine upgrades, the duo rolls off the production line on standard 22-inch gloss silver and black metallic alloy wheels in 5-Y-spoke design.
Inspired by motorsport, the airy design aids brake cooling and the lighter rims are manufactured in a high-tech forging-milling process. These are paired with specially developed Continental “Sport Contact 7” 285/30 tyres.
Two new exterior packages can be equipped, with a matte grey and matte carbon option available. The altered items can include the look of the front spoiler, front side flaps, side sill inserts, rear diffuser insert, and trim strips on the side windows.
Exterior mirror housings, roof rails (RS 6 Avant only), and Audi rings and exterior badging can all be changed too. Inside, the familiar RS design packages in grey and red have been expanded to include the colour blue.
The steering wheel in Alcantara black features contrasting stitching in Mercato blue, while the floor mats, the side of the centre console, and the selector lever cuff also come with blue contrasting stitching.
The front and outer rear seat belts are full-surface Ocean blue, while the selector lever knob and the side of the centre console are made with Dinamica microfibre, consisting of around 45 per cent recycled PET fibres.
Further, both blue and red RS design packages that include additional enhancements and Dinamica elements can be equipped to both models if desired. The sports seats feature Valcona leather upholstery perforated with contrasting honeycomb stitching.
Three-stage heating and ventilation features, as does LED entrance projection lighting that puts “RS performance” onto the ground. For the first time, Audi is also offering Ascari Blue as a matte finish paint.
Both the RS 6 performance and RS 7 performance also come with a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty, 5-years roadside assist, and the option to purchase a 5-year care plan on either model.
The Audi RS 6 Avant performance ($241,500 plus on-roads) and Audi RS 7 Sportback performance ($248,500 plus on-roads). To find out more, contact your local Audi dealer. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.