Audi has just announced power upgrades to its RS 6 and RS 7 models, in the form of new Performance variants. These Performance variants will get more boost from the twin turbochargers to create a massive 605 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, with 553 lb-ft available via a temporary overboost function. The massive power boost will allow both the RS 6 and RS 7 to rocket from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds. That’s not much slower than a Ferrari 458 Italia but in cars that seat four adults in supreme luxury and comfort.
That’s not all, however, as with the added power comes added efficiency (because with great power comes great responsibility…Okay I’ll stop the comic book references). Audi has worked on the 4.0 liter TFSI engine to optimize its engine management system and Cylinder On Demand (COD) system, which shuts down four of its eight cylinders when possible for optimum fuel economy.
This is all well and good, but the naming is a bit confusing. Calling them Performance RS 6s and RS 7s is a bit silly. These cars are already performance cars, they shouldn’t need a performance variant. It would be like putting Sport on the back of a Porsche 911. Putting Sport or Performance at the end of a Honda Accord makes sense, as it could use a separate sporty variant, but not an Audi RS model. Audi was adding Plus to the end of some cars, which makes sense as they are performance models “Plus” some extra power. But calling the Performance is just silly.
Silliness aside, though, these new RS 6 and RS 7 Performance models are downright fast and no silly name can take that away. 0-60 in 3.7 is monstrously fast and much better than any BMW M5 and ties the 640 hp Cadillac CTS-V.
All of that power doesn’t come cheap, though. These new Performance variants will start at 117,000 Euros for the Audi RS 6 Avant and 121,700 Euros for the Audi RS 7 in Germany. So while these new Performance variants will come with supercar performance, they’ll also come with supercar price tags. It might be worth it, however, to have supercar performance and luxury car comfort all wrapped up in an all-wheel drive, all-weather package.