For 2016, the Audi RS6 Performance and Audi RS7 Performance models have been added to the German company’s lineup. As the names of the cars hint, they offer slightly improved performance over the already potent RS6 and RS7s.

As both cars are powered by Audi’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine, both benefit from the same performance improvements. Peak power from the boosted V8 has been increased from the standard 560 hp up to 605 hp with torque now sitting at 516 lb-ft and 553 lb-ft with the overboost function enabled. Thanks to the power and torque gains, the RS6 Performance and RS7 Performance now accelerate from 0-100 km/h in a mere 3.7 seconds compared to 3.9 seconds of the standard models.

Elsewhere, jut 12.1 seconds is needed to reach 200 km/h, 1.4 seconds less than standard and when the optional dynamic package is fitted, top speed rises to 305 km/h. Despite the potency of the twin-turbo V8, it consumes just 9.5-9.6 litres of fuel per 100 km.

Mated to both the RS6 Performance and RS7 Performance is an eight-speed transmission driving all four wheels. The driver has the D and S driving modes available at their fingertips and when manual mode is enabled, a shift indicator becomes operational in the gauge cluster or on the optional head-up display.

Elsewhere, both models feature modified adaptive air suspension which lowers the ride height of the duo by 20 mm. Owners can optional the stiffer RS sport suspension and Dynamic Ride Control system. Found standard on the RS6 Performance and RS7 Performance are new 21-inch cast aluminium wheels with 285 mm tyres on the RS6 and 285 mm tyres on the RS7. A carbon ceramic brake system is optional.

Inside, the two cars come complete with RS sport seats featuring prominent side bolsters and integrated head restraints. The seats have been newly upholstered with alcantara and leather in a honeycomb pattern.

Audi RS 7 Sportback performance


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