Audi RS6 Avant, RS7 Sportback Performance models revealed: ‘Supercars’ due in Australia next year

Audi RS6 Avant, RS7 Sportback Performance models revealed: ‘Supercars’ due in Australia next year

Audi has unveiled new hotted-up versions of its already wild RS6 Avant wagon and RS7 Sportback models, endowing both with more mojo, and a new Performance badge.

Promising supercar-like performance, Audi has dialled up the all-wheel drive pair’s potent 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 to deliver an S8 Plus-matching 445kW and up to 750Nm of torque – an increase of 33kW and 50Nm – the latter available courtesy of a temporary overboost function.

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Both new variants claim a 0-100km/h time of 3.7 seconds, marking a 0.2-second improvement over the ‘base’ RS6 and RS7 models.

The 0-200km/h time is likewise improved, now 1.4 seconds sharper at 12.1 seconds from standstill.

Top speed for the Performance models is limited to 250km/h in their standard form, but the optional Dynamic packages can unlock 280 and 305km/h limits.

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Features include an enhanced version of the regular models’ eight-speed automatic transmission, along with air suspension and adjustable dampers, 21-inch alloy wheels and ventilated steel brake discs.

Dynamic Ride Control suspension can be added, as can Dynamic Steering with a continuously variable steering ratio, and carbon-ceramic brake discs to replace the steel items.

Another handy upgrade is the addition of an Audi R8-like steering-mounted control for the Audi Drive Select system, which allows for selectable adjustment of the steering, engine and sound management, the tiptronic auto and the optional sport differential.

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Both of the Performance variants will hit Australia in the second quarter of 2016, although pricing and local specifications won’t be revealed until closer to launch.

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