Five doors and a flowing coupé silhouette with distinctive accents – the RS 7 Sportback embodies the Audi line of dynamic elegance in its purest form. The long engine hood, the 2,915 millimeter (9.56 ft) wheelbase and the short overhangs create a sculpture with balanced proportions. 5,012 millimeters (16.44 ft) in length, the five-door coupé has a powerful presence from any angle.
The design of the RS 7 Sportback follows the primary line of Audi: Aesthetics and function form a unit; they highlight the beauty of the technology. Many detailed solutions come from racing, and as in the Audi race cars they assume specific functions. The vertical blades in the large air inlets, for example, serve as a pre-spoiler, directing the slipstream in such a way that it flows cleanly on the flank very early. Their appearance underscores the car's firm road stance. The slim honeycomb grilles at the front allow high air throughput, and a retractable rear spoiler plus a rear diffuser reduce rear axle lift.
The dynamic character of the Audi RS 7 Sportback is apparent at first glance. The distinctive bumper and the Singleframe grille with its beveled upper corners characterize the front end. In combination with the styling packages, a separate segment of the grille designed as an air duct is located below the license plate. The flat headlights widen toward the fenders, shifting the optical focus outward.
Viewed from the side, the five-door, high-performance coupé presents a strongly defined line. Its roof arch is a flat dome; the C-pillar stretches endlessly to the rear and flows into the shoulder of the body. It encompasses a third side window with an upward pointing tip. The ratio of painted body surfaces to the frameless windows is two-thirds to one-third, a typical Audi proportion.
Another distinguishing design element of the Audi RS 7 Sportback is the sharp tornado line spanning the flank. It starts at the headlights and extends along the fenders, the doors and the rear side walls as it gently slopes toward the tail lights. Above the striking side sills is the dynamic line, which runs slightly upward over the doors before turning sharply upward at the rear.
Typical sports car: the truncated rear end
The sharply sloping, truncated rear end of the Audi RS 7 Sportback is a classic sports car feature. Its surfaces are deeply sculpted. The tinted lights are realized almost entirely with LED technology. Their light pattern appears three-dimensional; the brake light is in the shape of a helix. The lip of the luggage compartment lid includes a spoiler that automatically extends at 130 km/h (80.78 mph) and retracts again at 80 km/h (49.71 mph). A diffuser with implied baffle extends far upward and also encircles the two large, elliptical tailpipe tips of the RS exhaust system.
In the engine compartment, a design trim element covers the 4.0 TFSI. RS badges provides accents here, at the front and at the rear of the car. The Singleframe grille, window capping strips and housings of the outside mirrors are in matt aluminum, whereas the honeycomb grille at the front of the vehicle is high-gloss black.
Two other styling packages – matt aluminum and carbon – give the five-door, high-performance coupé a truly unique look thanks in part to the prominent quattro logo on the air intake. With the matt aluminum styling package, accents are provided by the edge of the central air intake and the blades in the air inlets. With the carbon styling package, the front splitter and the diffuser are more boldly shaped for even more of a race car look. Another option are exterior mirrors with exposed carbon housings.
Ten different paint finishes are available for the Audi RS 7 Sportback. In addition to solid, metallic and pearl-effect finishes, crystal effects and a matt finish are also available.
Audi RS 7 Sportback: Exterior dimensions
5,012 (16.44 ft)
2,915 (9.56 ft)
1,911 (6.27 ft)
1,419 (4.66 ft)
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.