The Geneva Motor Show is here and unwrapping and Audi is eager to present its batch of high-performance models, among them the RS6 Avant and RS7 in performance guise.
The “performance” versions are acting as alternative to the aftermarket choices for the RS6 Avant and RS7 and these flagship versions will come to the party with an enhancement of 45 PS (33 kW) for the TFSI 4.0-liter V8 engine which now brings to the table a monstrous 605 PS (445 kW), matching the level of grunt displayed by the S8 Plus model. We’re not going to argue with Audi about nomenclature – as one could ask itself why have performance and plus monikers with the same engine and output. Anyways, the latest iterations of the RS6 Avant and RS7 models will be able to sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.7 seconds and will top out at 189.5 mph (305 km/h) if the owner asks for the optional performance package. In Audi’s usual style the styling is kept to a minimum and the tweaks include bigger air inlets or a glossy black finish on the front grille – at the back there’s also a more aggressive diffuser. Completing the changes are the optional Ascari Blue paint, RS sport seats, Alcantara & leather upholstery, and a carbon fiber trim.
Both models also share the upgraded eight-speed tiptronic transmission and the RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback performance come sporting the adaptive air suspension or an optional rear sport differential with active torque distribution. There will also be custom 21-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 285/30 tires on the RS6 and 275/30 rubbers for the RS7 – even optional carbon ceramic brake discs are on menu as well. Pricing in Germany starts from 117,000 euros for the RS6 Avant performance and from €121,700 for the RS7 Sportback performance.