New RS6 and RS7 ‘Performance’ models are Audi’s fastest yet

Published on Nov 30, 2022 at 2:48 PM (UTC+4)
by Adam Gray

Last updated on Nov 30, 2022 at 3:11 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Kate Bain

New RS6 and RS7 ‘Performance’ models are Audi’s fastest yet

‘More powerful and faster than any RS6 and RS7 to date: the new Audi RS6 Avant Performance and RS7 Sportback Performance.’

That’s right, Audi has gone and raised the bar even further, packing both models with more punch than ever before.

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Let’s look at the stats: the 4.0-liter V8 biturbo TFSI engine now puts out 630hp and 850Nm.

By today’s standards that doesn’t sound like much, but remember these are effectively family cars, not supercars.

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The RS6 and RS7 Performance’s 630hp represents a 30hp and 50Nm increase over the outgoing non-Performance models.

Irrespective of which Performance model you opted for, you’d be able to do 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in 3.4 seconds.

That’s two-tenths quicker than the old models.

You’d be able to reach a top speed of 280km/h (174mph), too.

In case you’re wondering how Audi has achieved this increase in power output, it’s basically bolted on a couple of bigger turbos and cranked the boost up to 2.6 bar from 2.4.

That’s not all Audi’s done either.

The Performance version of both these models has gone on a bit of a diet shedding 8kg (down to 2,090kg and 2,065kg for the RS6 and RS7 respectively).

Audi says the Performance duo ‘will thrill customers with an exciting, next-level sound experience.’

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Fully equipped

Standard equipment includes a Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System with 3D sound, Park Assist Pack with park assist plus, Head-up Display, 360-degree cameras, and 22-inch wheels in matte gray.

Visually, the exterior style package in matte gray is also now standard, while the RS sport exhaust comes finished in gloss black, along with the Audi rings and badges.

Audi RS7 Sportback Performance interior
Audi RS7 Sportback Performance interior (Image: Audi)

The RS Design Package in either red, blue or gray is now standard along with an Alcantara flat-bottom steering wheel.

The RS Dynamic Package is standard on both new Performance models.

This includes an increase in maximum speed to 280km/h (174mph), dynamic all-wheel steering, and the quattro sport differential on the rear axle.

If you’re feeling flush, you could always upgrade to the RS Dynamics Package Plus which, in addition to the RS Dynamics Package, raises the top speed to 304km/h (189mph) and includes an RS ceramic brake system.

Audi RS6 and RS7 Performance prices

Both the Audi RS6 Avant Performance and RS7 Sportback Performance will launch on December 8.

The RS6 Avant Performance is priced at $134,899.

And the RS7 Sportback Performance is priced at $139,276.

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Adam Gray

Adam Gray is an experienced motoring journalist and content creator based in the United Kingdom. Using his media accreditation with manufacturers’ press offices, Adam test drives the latest cars and attends new vehicle press launches, producing written reviews and news pieces for supercarblondie.com. Before joining the Supercar Blondie team, Adam was Motoring Editor for Portfolio North magazine, North East Motoring Editor at Reach plc, and provided motoring content on a freelance basis to several lifestyle and business publications in the North of England. When he’s not behind the wheel of the latest car, Adam can be found at his local rink playing ice hockey or supporting his beloved Middlesbrough FC.