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Swiss tuner's 515kW RS6 stormer

2009-03-11 08:15
Despite Sportec’s ornate mags, suspension drop and

Despite Sportec’s ornate mags, suspension drop and new front spoiler lip, Audi’s RS6 remains the four-wheeled equivalent of Valium aesthetically. On the go though, 515kW make sure it’s rather less sleep inducing.

It might be awfully bland looking, but Sportec’s (without the h) RS700 boosts Audi's RS6 V10 to 515kW, with predictable performance results.

Swiss based Sportec (not to be confused with Germany’s Sportech) showcased its take on Audi's RS6 performance saloon at Genevan badged RS700.

Although the exterior upgrades are subtle (carbon-fibre front lip and rear diffuser) the RS700 does ride on oversized 22-inch lightweight alloy wheels in a bid to give it some presence.

Pedantic Audi owners will notice the Sportec fettled RS6 rides 30mm lower, and around the rear sports 76mm diameter quad exhausts.

Sportec says the RS700 conversion turns the standard RS6 into a ‘noble power limousine’. We are not sure whether Sportec is simply trying to usurp their German tuning counterparts in a battle of inexplicable euphemisms, but the ‘power’ part of their marketing slogan is pretty apt.

In a very uncharacteristically Swiss move, Sportec pays no mind to emissions regulations or noise control. With a severe ECU remapping, high-flow catalytic converters and booming exhaust system they have liberated an extra 89kW from the 5l, V10 Biturbo.

With 515kW available (running untouched engine internals, a standard cylinder heads and valves) the RS700 blitzes the 0-100km/h sprint in 4 seconds, passes 200km/h 8 seconds later and powers on to a top speed of 310km/h.

Sportec's RS700 is an impressive piece of engineering, though it falls short in ultimate power comparisons to B&B Automobiltechnik's 533kW top of the line RS6 conversion...


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