As if the existing RS6 and the RS7 felt shortchanged for outright grunt, Audi has injected more power into both these high-performance models with the introduction of the updated models. The new RS6 and the RS7, in fact, will arrive in select European markets by the end of this year. Until then, here’s a brief look at these more powerful iterations.
The highlight of both the RS6 and the RS7 is the bump in power to around 600bhp and 750Nm of torque. This marks a 45bhp and 50Nm rise over the previous RS6 and the RS7.
Thanks to the higher output and Audi’s infamous quattro all-wheel drive system, both the RS6 and the RS7 can sprint from 0-100kmph in a supercar-rivalling 3.7 seconds.
The RS6 and the RS7 get accentuated bumpers with large air inlets, heavily profiled diffuser insert at the rear, gloss black honeycomb grille typical of the RS models and the flared side sills.
The 4-litre TFSI twin turbo V8 engine at the heart of both develops 700Nm of peak torque which can be temporarily increased to 750Nm by way of an over boost function.
The 3.7-second 0-100kmph time marks an improvement of 0.2 seconds over the old cars. Top speed, meanwhile, is electronically restricted to 250kmph.
The 4-litre V8 features Audi’s cylinder on demand system, which activates four of the eight cylinders when under part throttle.
Under normal conditions, the quattro system delivers 40 per cent of the engine’s power to the front axle and 60 per cent to the rear. The cars also feature a sport differential on the rear axle as standard.
In both these RS models, 21-inch cast aluminium wheels deliver power onto the road with the help of 285-section tyres in the RS6 Avant and 275-section tyres in the RS7.
The more powerful RS6 and the RS7 will arrive in global markets by the end of this year and will compete with cars like the BMW M6 Gran Coupe and the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG.