Audi’s RS models are renowned for offering strong performance mixed with everyday usability.

And two of its main models are the RS6 and RS7. In their current generation they’ve been around since 2020, but the German firm has now announced a number of updates as part of the new ‘Performance’ package that will become the default option.

Let’s take a look at what the 2023 Audi RS6 and RS7 Performance have to offer.

Enhanced performance

One thing the previous Audi RS6 and RS7 were most certainly not lacking was power or pace, but nevertheless the German firm has managed to improve these cars further. So, unsurprisingly given the models’ new name, they gain extra performance.

Retaining the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, Audi has boosted power by 30bhp to 621bhp and torque by 850Nm to 850Nm. The result is that the models are now two tenths quicker to accelerate from 0-60mph, now taking just 3.2 seconds, which is remarkable for vehicles that double-up as family transport.

Range of mechanical changes

Audi has worked to add even more of a sportier flavour to the RS6 and RS7 with this Performance update, and one way it’s done this is by reducing the insulation between the engine and interior to enhance the ‘sound experience’ of the car. New Continental Sport Contact tyres are also fitted, offering better grip in both the wet and dry, and reducing understeer when cornering at speed.

The Audi RS Dynamic Package Plus is also available as an option. With this, the top speed is raised to 189mph, while carbon ceramic brakes are also included, which not only help to bring the car to a stop much quicker but also help to shave weight off the RS6 and RS7.

Styling updates

As part of this update, Audi has made a number of subtle styling updates to the two cars. Most noticeable are the new lightweight 22-inch alloy wheels that come in a matt grey finish.

Other changes that help the Performance models to stand out are new matt grey detailing for the exterior mirrors, front spoiler, side skirts and roof rails. Higher-spec Carbon Black and Carbon Vosrpung get a stealthier black and carbon finish instead. New metallic and matt Ascari Blue and matt Dew Silver are also available.

New interior touches

The changes don’t stop at the exterior, however, as the interior also benefits from a number of upgrades.

A new blue interior styling pack is offered, with contrast blue stitching featuring on the Alcantara steering wheel, floor mats and centre console. Ocean Blue seatbelts can also be fitted, while Mercato Blue contrast stitching can also feature on the seats.

Close up of RS alloy wheel

Enhanced equipment

As part of this Performance upgrade, Audi has also bolstered the level of standard equipment on offer, with a range of additions now included.

Highlights include a fantastic Bang & Olufsen sound system that was previously reserved for top-spec models, along with a head-up display and 360-degree camera system. An enhanced parking park with semi-autonomous parking capability.

RS7 Performance driving on a road

The Audi RS6 Performance and RS7 Performance are on sale now, priced from £112,650 and £116,305 respectively. (Pricing correct at time of publishing)



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