Hot on the heels of the Audi RS6 Estate, comes the equally fast Audi RS7 Sportback. The RS7 features the same drivetrain found in the RS6, meaning the same twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 engine with a fat 560HP and 700 Nm of torque connected to the seven-speed DSG ‘box.
With this power, the big Sportback can sprint from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h. Get the Dynamic Package though and top speed rises to 280km/h. Still not fast enough? Dynamic Package Plus is available to bring it all the way to 305km/h.
Lurking within in the engine is a CoD (Cylinder on Demand) system that deactivates half of the cylinders by closing their valves via electromechanical actuators at low and medium speed. By then, the engine runs in four-cylinder until the driver accelerates hard again. The operating point in the active cylinders is displaced toward higher loads, increasing efficiency and helps the car to achieve an average fuel consumption of just 9.8l/100km. Standard stop/start system also helps.
On the outside, there are distinctive bumpers and high-gloss black protective grille with honeycomb structure at the front of the car with certain parts finished in matt aluminum. At the rear of the car, which features a power-extending spoiler, the diffuser and the two large, elliptical tailpipe trims of the exhaust system.
The RS7 Sportback is available in ten exterior colors, including the new shade of Nardo Gray and the exclusive finish Daytona Gray with matt effect. Two styling packages – matt aluminum and carbon – further customize the appearance. With these, the front center air inlet also sports a Quattro badge. With the carbon styling package, the front splitter and the diffuser are more boldly shaped. Other options include the exterior mirrors in carbon housings and tinted all-LED headlights.
Inside, it’s a swathe of carbon and aluminum inlays on the dashboard and the center console, with the generic sense of Audi superlative build quality. The steering wheel is flat bottomed and wrapped in leather, sporting the “RS” badge. The foot rests and pedals are finished in aluminum. More options of other material choices and combinations are available in the Audi Exclusive program.
The RS7 is readily available for the US market, with European arrival before summer.