At the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, Chevrolet unveiled its new, seventh-generation Corvette and stole the show. But, Audi made its presence known to the automotive world too as they unveiled their newest, most powerful version of the Audi A7 Sportback – the RS7. The new model is the first in the A7 model series to wear the “RS” high-performance badge from the German automaker and offers incredible performance in a sleek five-door coupe package. Much of the car from the forged wheels too the exterior body work and everything in between.
One of the most exciting aspects of the new Audi RS7 lies beneath the hood where a 4.0 TFSI engine produces an incredible amount of power and torque. The 4.0-liter, V-8 engine has two twin-scroll turbochargers and an intercooler positioned between each of the cylinder banks to reduce any kind of turbo lag and produce 1.2 BAR of boost pressure for each cylinder. A host of innovative technologies such as automatic stop start, thermal management, cylinder on demand, direct fuel injection, and variable valve timing come standard to improve fuel efficiency and emissions for an impressive 24 US mpg estimated.
The new technology used in the 4.0 TFSI engine also helps to produce an overwhelming amount of power. The engine sends 560 horsepower from 5,700 to 6,700 RPM and 516 lb-ft. of torque at just 1,750 RPM all the way to 5,500 RPM to all four of the four forged wheels thanks to a Quattro permanent all wheel drive system that varies power between axles in real-time using a crown-gear differential and torque vectoring. Performance is also impressive, as the Audi RS7 accelerates to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds and to a top speed of 155 mph, 173.98 mph, or 189.52 mph depending on the optional packages that are available.
Much of the chassis has been optimized to handle the extra horsepower and performance. Making contact with the road are new 20-inch forged front and rear wheels with sport tires for better grip. A standard air suspension with adjustable dampers lowers the overall ride height and sharpens up handling while standard six-piston calipers clench down on 360 mm front brake discs. As an option, customers can order a sport suspension with steel shocks and dampers as well as carbon ceramic brakes with 390 mm discs that provide fade-free stopping performance.
The exterior of the Audi RS7 is also considerably more aggressive like the chassis and engine. Wider fenders house the forged wheels and are connected by new side skirts. The front bumper features a bigger air intakes and a front spoiler while the rear wears a new diffuser and dual oval exhaust outlets.
The Audi RS7 will likely be available in North America. Pricing for the new sports car has not been released by Audi.