The storming Audi RS 7 Sportback has arrived in Australia. Sharing its underpinnings with its more practical sibling, the RS 6 Avant, the more stylish RS 7 targets design-oriented customers. It is the company’s flagship RS model.
Packing a crushing 4.0 TFSI twin-turbo V8 under the bonnet sending 412kW of power and 700Nm of torque to all four wheels through Audi’s Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, the RS 7 boasts performance in the realm of elite supercars. The large coupe unleashes from standstill to 100 km/h from rest in just 3.9 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h, but 305 km/h is possible with the optional Dynamic Package Plus.
“The very first RS 7 Sportback is a truly unique performance vehicle,” said Andrew Doyle, Managing Director of Audi Australia.
“It combines performance and stunning design seamlessly, and complements these features with practicality thanks to its capacious storage area. It is also the greatest value proposition of any of its rivals. Discerning performance car buyers have already shown great interest, and we expect that this attention will heighten as people have the opportunity to experience this exceptional new model,” said Mr Doyle.
The 4.0 TFSI twin-turbo V8 engine features an innovative design, with the exhaust and turbochargers sitting inside the ‘vee’, and intakes plumbed to the outside of the engine. This is in contrast to conventional design. Audi claims the greater thermal efficiency of this layout aids better fuel efficiency and lower emissions. Fuel consumption is a responsible 9.8 litres per 100km.
Audi’s cylinder on demand (COD) system is employed in the engine. 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 demands more power. The COD technology reduces consumption by around ten percent.
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, and the flared sills. The sharply sloping, truncated rear-end sports a distinctive spoiler lip. An optional carbon styling package further customises the appearance. Audi’s lightweight construction technology is used to build the RS 7 Sportback. A hybrid aluminium design, it weighs roughly 15 percent less than a comparable all-steel body. More than 20 percent of the body is made of aluminium.
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 millimetres closer to the tarmac.
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 sport differential, by switching between the modes comfort, auto, dynamic and custom. The electronic stabilisation control system (ESC) has a Sport mode that can be deactivated altogether.
The Audi RS 7 Sportback comes standard with 21-inch cast aluminium wheels in 5 spoke blade design in matte titanium look, high gloss turned finish. Two 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. The front discs measure 390 millimetres in diameter and are clamped by six-piston calipers. Audi installs carbon fibre-ceramic discs as an option.
The 2014 Audi RS 7 Sportback is priced from $238,500 excluding on-roads and is officially on-sale now.