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Sports Car Showdown: The Audi RS7 vs. BMW M6

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It’s hard not to like sports cars. They’re fast, powerful, stylish, and fun to drive. Plus, unlike other cars whose resale value dip over time, sports cars become more expensive as time passes.

There are lots of sports cars in the market today, but the Audi RS7 and BMW M6 are two of the best-selling models. Find out why and which is the better buy between these two excellent cars.

Audi RS7

audi-rs7The RS7 is well-regarded as the best vehicle model from the German maker, and its features show why.

The base price of the Audi RS7 is $108,000 and for that amount of money you’ll get a twin turbocharged, 4 liter V-8 engine which produces 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The engine is responsible for the hatchback capable of moving from 0 to 60 mph in an amazing 3.4 seconds. When on the freeway, the RS7 can zoom up to 190 miles per hour.

The RS7 is easy to maneuver and control on the streets. It displays remarkable agility, able to turn on corners very easily despite its curb weight of 4398 pounds.

The sports car features standard equipment and functions like 20-inch alloy wheels, full LED headlights, heated electric seats, satellite navigation, media system, parking sensors, a 14-speaker sound system, electric sunroof, and reversing camera.

There are also different upgrades to choose from, such as the Dynamic package that replaces the standard air suspension with a steel spring suspension system, plus a high performance exhaust system.

BMW M6

The BMW M6 is priced slightly higher than the RS7 with a base price of $112,800. It has a 4.4 liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces 560 horsepower, and paired with a seven speed automatic transmission system. There’s also an option for a six-speed manual transmission.

The new BMW M6 is more lightweight compared to its older versions. The lighter frame enables the car to speed up to 60 miles per hour in four seconds, and up to a top pace of 155 miles per hour. Still, that’s not enough to keep it at par with the RS7 in terms of speed.

Standard features of the M6 include a 688 Harman Kardon surround sound system, iDrive infotainmnent system that includes a 10.2 inch high-resolution touchscreen, plus a 200 GB hard drive with 20GB allocated for music. The interior has leather and carbon fiber trimmings.

Other standard features include Bluetooth compatibility with audio streaming, rear park distance control, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

It has the standard safety features like dual front, side curtain, and knee airbags plus active head restraints and stability control systems. There’s also an Active Protection that automatically tightens seatbelts and shuts the sunroof and windows when it detects a probable crash. Then the said feature applies the brakes to lessen the risks of a second crash.

There is also an attention assistant feature that is well suited for long trips, detecting the control inputs of the drive and alerts him or her once it detects any sign of fatigue.

Comparison

The RS7 trumps its competitor in terms of performance, with its V8 engine producing more power and torque despite having less displacement of 3,993 cc. As previously noted, the RS7 can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds, almost half a second faster than the BMW M6.

Part of that speed can be credited to the all-wheel drive system of the RS7. When needed, the torque split of 40:60 can be changed so that up to 70 percent may be delivered to the front axle, with the rear wheels getting up to 85 percent of the power.

When running at a pace of 60 miles per hour, the RS7 takes about 34.7 meters to complete a full stop. That is slightly better than the M6, which needs 36.2 meters to do the same.

In terms of transmission, both cars have twin-clutch gearboxes with paddle shifts. The two cars also employ configurable dynamic modes which fine-tune the vehicle response to suspension, throttle, and steering.

Of course, the better performance on the road is not the only thing going for the RS7. It is cheaper by at least $5,000 than the M6. Plus, it has better fuel efficiency ratings of 16 mpg for city driving and 27 for highway driving than the 14/20 ratings of the BMW.

Yet there are certain things going for the M6. One is that it has more spacious interiors compared to its Audi rival. You’ll think that the M6 is a grand touring car and not a sports car with its wide, comfortable seats. Plus there is enough room to sit two adults in the back.

So what should you buy? If you’re after the performance of the car, then the RS7 is the better choice. But if you want a more luxurious ride, opt for the BMW M6.

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