Dynamics at their most beautiful – the Audi RS 7 Sportback, the latest model from quattro GmbH, combines the power of a sports car with the elegance of a large, five-door coupé. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) takes just 3.9 seconds; an option enables a top speed of 305 km/h (189.52 mph). Despite the supreme power of the biturbo V8, which produces 412 kW (560 hp), the RS 7 Sportback consumes on average just 9.8 liters of fuel per 100 km (24.00 US mpg).
Aesthetic design and impressive sportiness: With the Audi RS 7 Sportback, it's fascination at first sight. The long engine hood, the 2.92 meter (9.58 ft) wheelbase and the short overhangs create a sculpture with powerfully harmonious proportions. With its low, flowing roof line, the 5.01 meter (16.44 ft) RS 7 Sportback is striking from any angle.
Specific details on the exterior of the five-door coupé set sporty accents. These include the distinctively styled bumpers, the partly tinted LED headlights, the high-gloss black honeycomb grill, the add-on parts in matt aluminum and the flared sills. The sharply sloping, truncated rear end sports a distinctive spoiler lip. A classic sports car feature. Two optional styling packages – matt aluminum and carbon – further customize the appearance.
Thanks to Audi’s lightweight construction technology, the RS 7 Sportback sets new standards with its low weight. A hybrid aluminum design, it weighs roughly 15 percent less than a comparable all-steel body. More than 20 percent of the body is made of aluminum.
The 4.0 TFSI: 412 kW (650 hp) and 700 Nm (516.29 lb-ft) of torque
The heart of the RS 7 Sportback is the 4.0 TFSI engine, which takes Audi's downsizing strategy to the high-performance class. The twin-turbo V8 displaces 3,993 cc and develops awesome power. Its produces 412 kW (560 hp) between 5,700 and 6,600 rpm, with a constant 700 Nm (516.29 lb-ft) of torque available from 1,750 to 5,500 rpm.
Because the sonorous, high-revving biturbo V8 has been rigorously designed for low load-change and flow losses, it develops this power quickly and spontaneously. The intake side of the cylinder heads is on the outside, the exhaust side on the inside. The two twin-scroll turbochargers, which develop up to 1.2 bar of relative charge pressure, sit together with their intercoolers in the V of the cylinder banks.
The RS 7 Sportback's performance speaks for itself. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) takes just 3.9 seconds Audi limits the top speed in the standard configuration to 250 km/h (155.34 mph). Top speed with the optional dynamic package is 280 km/h (173.98 mph) and 305 km/h (189.52 mph) with the dynamic package plus.
The new top-of-the-line model consumes just 9.8 liters of fuel per 100 km (24.00 mpg) in the NEDC. The 4.0 TFSI features numerous efficiency technologies. The Audi cylinder on demand (COD) system is particularly effective. At low to moderate load and engine speed, it deactivates cylinders two, three, five and eight by closing their valves and shutting off fuel injection. The 4.0 TFSI runs as a four-cylinder engine in this mode – until the driver presses firmly down on the gas pedal. The operating points in the active cylinders are displaced toward higher loads, increasing efficiency. The COD technology reduces consumption in the NEDC by around ten percent.
The standard eight-speed tiptronic has been specially matched to the sporty character of the RS 7. Drivers can choose between D and S modes or change gears themselves. When the transmission is in manual Tip mode, a shift light in the driver information system display indicates when the rev limit is reached. While the lower gears of the tiptronic are closely spaced for sporty response, eighth gear is tall to reduce fuel consumption.
The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system gives the powerful five-door coupé a decisive advantage in traction and driving safety. At its heart is a newly developed center differential with a high locking rate. It distributes the power as needed with great flexibility. In the standard configuration, 40 percent flows to the front axle and 60 percent to the rear axle. Torque vectoring supports the work of the differential at the limit. Audi also offers the optional sport differential for the rear axle, which actively distributes the power between the wheels.
Chassis RS adaptive air suspension
The RS 7 Sportback is one of the first RS models from Audi to come standard with a specifically tuned air suspension. Thanks to a dynamic configuration of the RS adaptive air suspension, the body sits 20 millimeters (0.79 in) lower. The integrated damping control varies as a function of the road conditions, driving style and the mode chosen in Audi drive select. This system enables the driver to vary the function of key components, including the steering, engine management, the tiptronic and the optional sport differential, by switching between the modes comfort, auto, dynamic and custom.
Audi offers the tauter RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) as an alternative to the air suspension. It uses steel springs and three-stage adjustable dampers that are connected to one another via oil lines and one central valve each. Another option, which can also be integrated into Audi drive select, is the dynamic steering with its steplessly variable steering ratio.
The Audi RS 7 Sportback comes standard with 20-inch forged aluminum wheels in seven twin-spoke design. Three different 21-inch wheel designs are available as options. The internally vented brake discs feature a wave design for a weight savings of nearly three kilograms (6.61 lb). The front discs measure 390 millimeters (15.35 in) in diameter and are gripped by six-piston calipers. Audi installs carbon fiber-ceramic discs as an option. The electronic stabilization control system (ESC) has a Sport mode that can be deactivated altogether.
Fully equipped: Interior and technologies
The elegant dynamics of the exterior design carry over to the interior of the Audi RS 7 Sportback. The salient element is the “wrap-around” – an arched, horizontal line below the windshield. The cockpit is tailored to the driver, with the center console oriented in the driver's direction.
The dial instruments feature black faces, white dials and red needles. RS logos and screens adorn the key, the flat-bottomed, three-spoke, multifunction steering wheel, the illuminated entry sills, the tachometer, the large driver information system display and the power-retractable monitor of the MMI navigation plus system. The selector lever features a knob covered in perforated leather with an RS badge, and the shift paddles have an aluminum-look finish. Additional highlights are provided by trim elements with aluminum and piano finish look finishes as well as carbon inlays.
RS sport seats with pronounced side bolsters and integrated head restraints are standard. They are covered in a combination of black Alcantara and leather; the center sections feature diamond quilting. The seats can alternatively be covered in particularly high-grade, honeycomb-quilted Valcona leather in either black or lunar silver. Audi offers optional power-adjustable comfort seats with memory function. The two rear seats are sportily contoured. Luggage capacity ranges from 535 to 1,390 liters (18.89 to 49.09 cu ft) depending on the position of the rear seat backs.
Standard equipment in the new Audi RS 7 Sportback also includes four-zone automatic air conditioning, MMI navigation plus with touchpad control (MMI touch) and the Audi sound system. Optional high-end features range from a head-up display and the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System to the driver assistance systems, including adaptive cruise control with stop & go function and the night vision assistant with highlighting of detected pedestrians. Audi connect including a car phone brings tailored online services on board. Passengers can surf the web freely via a WLAN hotspot.
The Audi RS 7 Sportback will begin arriving at dealerships this fall. The base price in Germany is €113,000.