The Audi RS 7 Sportback, the dynamic top-of-the-line model, has also been subtly modified. This dynamic five-door coupe has new headlights, striking design details and even more impressive infotainment. Its 4.0 TFSI still boasts 412 kW (560 hp) of power and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of torque for breathtaking driving performance paired with astonishing fuel efficiency.
Just one glance reveals the personality of the Audi RS 7 Sportback: Its long hood, sporty, flowing C-pillar and the sharply dropping tail end create an athletic impression along all 5.01 meters (16.4 ft) of the car’s length. The most prominent new design element is the Singleframe grille bearing a high-gloss black honeycomb grille – its six corners are now crisper.
Minor modifications have also been made to the bumper, which has distinctive air inlets interspersed with vertical bars. LED headlights are standard. On request, Audi will provide innovative Matrix LED headlights – available exclusively for the RS 7 Sportback with especially tinted trims. This offer includes dynamic turn signals at the front, as well; they are generally standard at the rear. Dynamic turn signals consist of individual LEDs that light up sequentially from the inside out.
Four new paint finishes are available for the RS 7 Sportback: floret silver, metallic; glacier white, metallic; mythos black, metallic and Sepang blue, pearl effect. A prominent rear diffuser encloses the exhaust system’s two large elliptical tailpipe trims. An optional RS sport exhaust system – which can be recognized by its high-gloss black tailpipe trims – is available for an even sportier sound.
Three styling packages – matt aluminum, carbon and now also high-gloss black – make for a truly one-of-a-kind exterior. With all three packages, the lower section of the radiator grille is designed as an air inlet duct bearing a quattro logo.
The heart of the Audi RS 7 Sportback is its 4.0 TFSI. Compliant with the Euro 6 emission standard, this biturbo V8 delivers 412 kW (560 hp) of power from a displacement of 3,993 cc. Its 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of torque is constantly available between 1,750 and 5,500 rpm.
Because this four-liter engine was rigorously designed for low load-change and flow losses, it generates power quickly and spontaneously. The cylinder heads have the exhaust side on the inside and the intake side on the outside. Positioned inside the cylinder banks’ V, two twin-scroll turbochargers and their intercooler ensure short gas-travel paths and spontaneous response. Sound flaps in the RS exhaust system give the V8 an even more voluminous sound. They are controlled depending on engine load and speed, the mode in the Audi drive select dynamic handling system and the eight-speed tiptronic’s operating mode. An RS sport exhaust system with black tailpipe trims and a more distinctive sound is available as an option.
The RS 7 Sportback rockets from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62.1 mph) in just 3.9 seconds. A governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph) is standard. This increases to 280 km/h (174.0 mph) as an option or as part of the Dynamic package. Last but not least, the Dynamic plus package allows for 305 km/h (189.5 mph). In the NEDC, this dynamic top-of-the-line model needs only 9.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (24.8 US mpg) for 221 g of CO2 per km (355.7 g/mi).
COD: four equals eight
The RS 7 Sportback features the efficient cylinder on demand (COD) system. At low to medium loads and engine speeds, COD deactivates cylinders 2, 3, 5 and 8 by closing their valves via electromechanical actuators. The 4.0 TFSI then runs as a four-cylinder engine until the driver accelerates more strongly again. The operating points in the active cylinders are displaced toward higher loads, increasing efficiency.
This changeover takes place within a few hundredths of a seconds and very smoothly. Active engine mounts use phase-shifted counter-vibrations to offset vibrations generated during four-cylinder operation. COD technology reduces NEDC fuel consumption by roughly five percent, and even greater savings of approximately 10 percent are possible when driving at moderate speeds.
The eight-speed tiptronic has been perfectly tailored to the sporty personality of the Audi RS 7 Sportback. While the lower gears of the tiptronic are closely spaced for a sporty response, eighth gear is long to reduce fuel consumption. The driver can switch between D and S modes or choose to change gears manually using the paddles on the steering wheel or the shift lever.
The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system gives the Audi RS 7 Sportback a decisive advantage in traction and stability. This system typically distributes 40 percent of the engine’s power to the front axle and 60 percent to the rear axle. When required, it can immediately distribute up to 70 percent of the torque to the front, or up to 85 percent to the rear.
Torque vectoring precisely distributes power at the vehicle’s cornering limits. Audi also offers an optional sport differential for the rear axle of the RS 7 Sportback. It uses two superposition gears to actively distribute power between the wheels.
Sporty and elegant: the wheels
The RS 7 Sportback is factory-fitted with forged 20-inch wheels or optionally with 21-inch cast wheels. The four internally ventilated brake discs feature a weight-saving wave design. The front brake discs measure 390 millimeters (15.4 in) in diameter and are gripped by black (optionally red) painted six-piston calipers.
Carbon fiber-ceramic brake discs that measure 420 millimeters (16.5 in) in diameter are also available. Their calipers are painted anthracite gray and bear the lettering “Audi ceramic.” These high-end brakes are virtually fade-free, extremely stable, powerful, long-lasting and substantially lighter. The Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) has been specially configured for the dynamic profile of the Audi RS 7 Sportback.
The standard RS adaptive air suspension has been custom-tuned to make the RS 7 Sportback sporty yet comfortable. Its body is 20 millimeters (0.8 in) lower than that of the A7 Sportback. The responsiveness of the adaptive damping system – an additional feature of this system – is determined by road condition, the driver’s style and the selected mode of Audi drive select.
The tauter RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) is available as an alternative. This system employs steel springs and three-way adjustable shock absorbers that are interconnected via diagonally opposed oil lines and a central valve for purely hydraulic pitch/roll stabilization. Another option, which can also be integrated into the Audi drive select system, is the dynamic steering with its continuously variable steering ratio. Its characteristics are specially tailored to the RS 7 Sportback.
This dynamic five-door coupe has five links per wheel on the front axle. The vehicle also has self-tracking trapezoidal-link rear suspension. The body includes some 20 percent aluminum and integrates many parts made of high-strength and ultra high-strength steels. The body is every bit lightweight as it is rigid, which lays the cornerstone for precise handling, excellent workmanship and outstanding crash safety.
Ultra refined: the interior
The instrument cluster, the air vents’ airflow controls, the shift paddles behind the steering wheel and the quattro emblem on the instrument panel have a new look.
Many cockpit details in the Audi RS 7 Sportback make its dynamism come to life. The round instruments feature black gauges, white dials and red needles. A three-dimensional logo adorns the tachometer. RS 7 logos adorn the key, the flat-bottomed three-spoke leather steering wheel, the illuminated door sill trims and the start screens of the on-board monitor and the driver information system.
Colors and materials provide for subtle differentiation. The footrest and pedals are gleaming stainless steel, while the soft keys of the MMI navigation plus terminal are finished in aluminum look. In addition to standard carbon inlays, four other materials are available. A number of additional suggestions for customization are provided by the Audi exclusive program.
Heated and electrically adjustable RS sport seats with prominent side bolsters as well as integrated headrests and RS 7 logos are standard. The seats are covered in a combination of black Alcantara and leather; the center sections feature a diamond pattern. Also available are customized contour seats with memory function, with the option of a massage and ventilation function. The rear of the Audi RS 7 Sportback has two sportily sculpted individual seats with integrated head restraints. The cargo space has a capacity of 535 liters (18.9 cu ft), and when the rear seat backs are folded down it grows to 1,390 liters (49.1 cu ft). ISOFIX child-seat anchor points with Top Tether are now standard.
Fully equipped: interior and technologies
The generous standard equipment package includes the parking system plus, ambient lighting, four-zone deluxe automatic air conditioning, the Audi pre sense basic safety system, the Audi sound system and MMI navigation plus with MMI touch. The optional hardware module Audi connect including car phone ideally complements the MMI navigation plus.
The Audi RS 7 Sportback features the same driver assistance systems as the A7 Sportback. These include adaptive cruise control with stop & go function including Audi pre sense front, Audi active lane assist and Audi side assist. Park assist with display of surroundings handles steering during parking; the night vision assistant makes driving less stressful at night. A camera-based speed-limit display rounds out the package.
As on the A7 Sportback, the RS 7 Sportback can be upgraded with a great many high-end options. They include the head-up display, massage function in conjunction with customized contour seats, power-assisted door closing, insulating/acoustic glass and a convenience key. Topping the range of infotainment options is the Advanced Sound System from Bang & Olufsen featuring 15 loudspeakers. The Dynamic package provides features such as dynamic steering, sport differential and RS sport suspension plus. Last but not least, the Dynamic plus package has ceramic brakes and a top speed raised to 305 km/h (189.5 mph).
The base price for the Audi RS 7 Sportback in Germany is 113,300 euros.
The equipment and data specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.