The Audi RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback will launch in South Africa on 1 April 2021. The new high-performance range aims to make it even more suitable for everyday use by integrating performance with Audi’s iconic design. This release marks the Audi RS6 Avant’s fourth-generation revamp and the RS7 Sportback’s second-generation release.
According to Audi, the new RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback, with the V8-powered engine will hit the South African market on 1 April 2021 and start at R2,070,000 for the RS6 Avant and R2,173,500 for RS7 Sportback. Both models pack the Volkswagen Group’s twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8 petrol engine, which delivers 441 kW and 800 N.m.
The cars can hit zero to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds and can top speed to 250 km/h. They can then be further boosted to 280 km/h with the RS Dynamic Package.
As for the body on these beauties, they both have seen some slight tweaks across the board. Audi says the performance model is an extra 40 millimetres wider than the base model and both include a new hood with a power dome. The performance models have adopted a flatter, sportier headlight structure which offers HD Matrix LED headlights with Audi laser light and darkened trims as a standard feature. They both also feature dynamic turn signals with a new exciting RS-specific sequence when the vehicle is locked and unlocked.
- High-performance Avant and coupé-like grand tourer suitable for all purposes – sportiness and practical benefit
- 4.0 TFSI twin-turbo V8 with mild hybrid: high power meets high efficiency
- 441 kW, 800 Nm, 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds
The suspension on the new Audi RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback is now 20 millimetres lower than the base models with standard suspension. At speeds of 120 km/h, the suspension is lowered by another 10 millimetres. A lift mode raises the vehicle by 20 millimetres at low speed.
The performance models are fitted as standard with RS-specific wheels with a 22-inch 5-V-spoke design with 285/30 tyres in silver, matt titanium look, gloss turned finish, and gloss turned anthracite black finish.
The calipers of the RS brake system with internally ventilated and perforated discs (420 millimetres at the front, 370 millimetres at the rear) are painted red as standard. On the optional RS ceramic brakes, the calipers can be blue. The discs measure 440 millimetres at the front and 370 millimetres at the rear. The new RS ceramic brake system tips the scales at 34 kilograms less than its steel counterpart, which cuts down on unsprung mass.
The special RS displays use the Audi virtual cockpit to provide details of tyre pressure, torque, performance, oil temperature, boost pressure, lap times, acceleration, and g-forces. The shift light display prompts the driver to upshift when the rev limit is reached.
The new range come in eight exterior paint finishes including two RS-specific shades of Nardo grey and Sebring black. The range is set to launch on 1 April 2021.