The New 2024 Audi RS6 and RS7 Performance Prove More is Almost Always Better

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

The Audi RS6 Avant and RS7 enjoy legendary status in the United States. The cars are two of the brand’s hottest performers here, falling second only to the R8 supercar. However, there’s always room for improvement, and that’s exactly what the automaker is doing for 2024. Audi is working on a new Performance trim for both cars that pushes even more power from their twin-turbo V8 engines and brings other go-fast upgrades to the chassis.

The Performance trim gets an increase in turbo boost pressure that bumps the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8’s output by around 30 horsepower and 37 pound-feet of torque over the standard models. That brings total output to 621 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque, which Audi says is good for a 3.4-second 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time. The RS6 and RS7 come standard with an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission and Audi Quattro all-wheel drive.

Audi offers lightweight 22-inch wheels that cut 20 kilograms (44 pounds) in unsprung weight, while the wheel shape aids in aerodynamics and brake cooling. Unique Continental Sport Contact 7 tires also help cut weight, and Audi says they’re better in both wet and dry conditions. Their design also aims to reduce the cars’ braking distance and prevent understeer at speed.

Six driving modes let the driver dial in throttle, steering, suspension, engine, and other drivetrain settings. Efficiency, comfort, auto, dynamic, and two customizable RS-specific drive modes come standard. Other improvements over the standard cars include a standard RS Dynamic Package, exclusive colors and appearance packages, and new blue interior accent packages.

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • FreedMike FreedMike on Nov 30, 2022

    I want the RS6 BAD but I’m a touch short on dough. Anyone know what a kidney goes for on the black market these days?

    • Theflyersfan Theflyersfan on Dec 01, 2022

      I'm not sure, but if you Google it, you might end up on some watch list or something so proceed at your own risk!!!

  • MaintenanceCosts MaintenanceCosts on Nov 30, 2022

    This used to be my favorite class of car but at some point they just became too much. The V6 S6 is more than fast enough and will have a more comfortable ride, and I can't see what the extra $45k or so for the RS6 gets me except a V8 engine note.

    • FreedMike FreedMike on Nov 30, 2022

      I'm a fan of the S6 too, but the RS6 Avant is just insane.

  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X Another Hyunkia'sis? 🙈
  • SCE to AUX "Hyundai told us that perhaps he or she is a performance enthusiast who is EV hesitant."I'm not so sure. If you're 'EV hesitant', you're not going to jump into a $66k performance car for your first EV experience, especially with its compromised range. Unless this car is purchased as a weekend toy, which perhaps Hyundai is describing.Quite the opposite, I think this car is for a 2nd-time EV buyer (like me*) who understands what they're getting into. Even the Model 3 Performance is a less overt track star.*But since I have no interest in owning a performance car, this one wouldn't be for me. A heavily-discounted standard Ioniq 5 (or 6) would be fine.Tim - When you say the car is longer and wider, is that achieved with cladding changes, or metal (like the Raptor)?
  • JMII I doubt Hyundai would spend the development costs without having some idea of a target buyer.As an occasional track rat myself I can't imagine such a buyer exists. Nearly $70k nets you a really good track toy especially on the used market. This seems like a bunch of gimmicks applied to a decent hot hatch EV that isn't going to impression anyone given its badge. Normally I'd cheer such a thing but it seems silly. Its almost like they made this just for fun. That is awesome and I appreciate it but given the small niche I gotta think the development time, money and effort should have been focused elsewhere. Something more mainstream? Or is this Hyundai's attempt at some kind of halo sports car?Also seems Hyundai never reviles sales targets so its hard to judge successful products in their line up. I wonder how brutal depreciation will be on these things. In two years at $40k this would a total hoot.So no active dampers on this model?
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