Audi has a plethora of performance models in the SA market. From turbocharged hatchbacks and small coupes all the way up to mid-engined supercars it has all the bases covered. In a few weeks there will be two new models to choose from in the shapes of the Audi RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback. The new introductions go on sale locally on April 1, 2021 (see below for pricing).
The two newcomers will be the respective range-toppers of the A6 and S7 line-ups. The RS badges mean that they will also be the most powerful and fastest of their families. Powering each is a 4,0-litre V8 TFSI engine. The direct-injection alloy unit is fed by twin turbochargers that sit within the ‘vee’ of the block to help improve throttle response. The result is peak power of 441 kW with a peak of 800 N.m of torque. The latter is available from 2 050 to 4 500 r/min.
Audi says the high-performance twins can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in a scant 3,6 seconds. That time is achievable thanks to a standard launch control function. Top speed of each is limited to 250 km/h; 280 km/h is on tap for those who opt for the RS Dynamic package. The engines breathe through a standard RS sport exhaust system. Drivers can choose the level of sound output they wish to hear.
Drive from the engine is transferred through an eight-speed automatic transmission. As with all performance Audis the RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback feature quattro all-wheel-drive. Torque is split 40:60 (front:rear) via a mechanical centre differential. Up to 70 percent can be directed to the front wheels and up to 85 percent to the rear axle, depending on which has more grip. Braking duties are handled by ventilated and perforated discs that measure 420 mm front and 370 mm rear; ceramic brakes are an option.
Both high-performance models are differentiated by unique appearances. They both feature model-specific body kits and lowered ride heights. HD Matrix LED headlights with Audi laser light technology is standard. Flared wheel arches cover massive, 22-inch alloys on both cars. There are a number of RS-specific touches on both cars, such as the sculpted front bumpers and rear bumpers with built-in diffusers and oval tail-pipe finishers.
The sporty theme continues inside the cabin. RS sport seats upholstered with leather are standard. The RS design package also included contrasting red stitching on the flat-bottomed Alcantara steering wheel rim, gear lever gaiter and knee pads. The package also features seat belt straps with red edging and RS floor mats. For those who need pace and space the RS6 Avant has 535 litres of boot volume, which can be expanded to a maximum of 1 390 litres with the rear seat backs folded down.
Audi RS6 Avant TFSI quattro: R2 070 000
Audi RS7 Sportback TFSI quattro R2 173 500
The Audi RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback come standard with a five year Audi Freeway Plan.