- The Audi RS6 Avant and RS7 get a new Performance trim with extra power and other tweaks.
- The twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine produces 621 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque, an increase over the previous model’s 591 hp and 590 lb-ft.
- Audi says these models will arrive in the US for the 2024 model year.
Audi is introducing a new Performance version of the RS6 Avant and RS7 models that gets a big boost in power and torque, along with some chassis upgrades and visual tweaks. The twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine now produces 621 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque, increases of 30 hp and 37 pound-feet compared to the outgoing versions.
The extra grunt comes from larger turbochargers that provide more boost. Audi claims this will make the cars 0.2 seconds faster in the sprint to 62 mph; in our testing, the RS6 hit 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and the RS7 did it in 3.0 seconds, so we can expect some improvement on these numbers once we strap our test equipment to the upgraded models. The Performance models are also 18 pounds lighter thanks to Audi’s removal of some of the muffler, which is also meant to let more engine sound into the cabin.
Newly available 22-inch wheels are wrapped in 285-width Continental Sport Contact 7 tires. Audi says these tires offer more grip and that the new wheels reduce curb weight by 44 pounds overall. There are also revisions to the center differential, and tweaked programming for the drive modes which include Efficiency, Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and customizable RS1 and RS2 modes.
A few new matte colors join the palette, including Ascari Blue and Dew Silver, and certain exterior trim pieces are also finished in matte. Inside, the Performance models get blue contrasting stitching, blue seat belts and other blue accents.
Audi has yet to announce pricing for the 2024 RS6 Avant Performance and RS7 Performance, but we can expect them to carry a price premium over the current starting prices of $119,995 for the RS6 and $122,995 for the RS7.
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