Audi is taking the already potent RS 7 and RS 6 models to a new level with a “Performance” designation that adds more power and torque. Now with 605 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, these Audi RS models surge past the 600-hp BMW M6 and the 577-hp Mercedes-AMG E63 in the German horsepower wars.
Like in the Audi S8 Plus, the extra 45 hp and 37 lb-ft of torque from the 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine comes from a reworked turbocharger, a modified exhaust, and a different engine control module. The full 553 lb-ft of torque is only available when the overboost function is enabled by selecting Dynamic mode—the car otherwise makes a constant 516 lb-ft of torque, the same as the standard car. The eight-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive remain unchanged, and Audi says the extra oomph drops 0-62 mph times 0.2 seconds down to 3.7 seconds.
The Audi RS 7 and RS 6 Performance versions also come standard with an air suspension, which includes a setting that’s 0.8 inches lower than the standard RS 7 and RS 6. Other modifications to the Performance models are subtle, and include 21-inch wheels, and matte titanium trim pieces for the front fascia. The Performance models are also available in an exclusive Ascari blue exterior paint, along with a black and blue interior package to match that’s trimmed in Alcantara and leather.
The standard Audi RS 7 is already sold in the U.S., meaning that its Performance variant has a stronger chance of reaching our shores than the Europe-only RS 6 wagon. Stay tuned to hear more news about these high-up Audis over the next few months.