Sportback Supreme: 2014 Audi RS7 Debuts in Detroit
Introduced in 2011, the A7 Sportback immediately presented a unique attitude for Audi. A German luxury car manicured using the athletic yet aerodynamic proportions of a sports car, the five-door product proved popular. Aside from the North American version of the Audi SQ5 crossover presented in Detroit, the 2013 North American International Auto Show played host to the world debut of the next step up for the premium five-door. Attracting great buzz, the 2014 Audi RS7 Sportback met the media and prepares to be greeted by car-loving crowds ahead of its retail release.
A fun, even practical design, the Audi A7 Sportback was combined with a formidable supercharged 3-liter powerplant for its arrival in dealerships. Receiving Audi’s S performance line treatment for the 2013 model year, the Sportback was even an extra sense of personality. 19-inch alloy wheels, S tronic gearbox, a sport rear differential and some defining aesthetic touches have merged with the 420-horsepower, eight-cylinder TFSI engine to create the Audi S7 Sportback. A five-door part of a recently created market segment for vehicles fusing coupe-like attributes into sedan-style vehicles, ultra high performance competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG and the Porsche Panamera Turbo S has left the Audi behind. With 560-horsepower, the Audi RS7 Sportback is the pavement-burning quattro runner needed to send the ultimate message in the language of performance.
Doing the A7 Sportback-derived body style credit, Audi has dropped a highly tuned version of their 4.0 TFSI V8 engine under the hood of the RS7 Sportback. A twin-turbocharged powerplant, relative boost pressure reaching 1.2 bars is fed through a dual twin-scroll unit. Turbocharged air is also coordinates with an intercooler right before it contributes to the RS7’s engine output. The 2014 Audi RS7 Sportback’s maximum 560 horsepower is planted at the higher end of the engine rev spectrum between 5,700 and 6,700 RPM. Only an R8 GT supercar can equal the RS7 Sportback’s horsepower credentials in the Audi brand line-up. In contrast, the 4.0 TFSI engine’s 553 pounds feet of torque kicks in at 1,750 RPM for authoritative pick up and go. Translating into vehicle performance, the Audi RS7 Sportback’s engine allows acceleration times from 0 to 60 miles per hour to be reached in 3.9 seconds. When taken to top speed, the RS7 Sportback will be measured at 189.5 miles per hour.
When the Audi RS7 Sportback is cruising at steady speeds, the cylinder on demand system on the eight-cylinder powerplant temporarily commissions a shutdown for half its combustion chambers. Effectively running as a four-cylinder vehicle, the cylinder on demand function on the Audi RS7 Sportback preserves around 10 percent of the vehicle’s fuel consumption. Start-stop technology is combined with the high-tech 4.0 TFSI V8 powerplant to net high performance with more than acceptable gasoline-burning efficiency. Fuel economy for the Audi RS7 Sportback is appraised at 24 miles per gallon.
Channelling power through an eight-speed tiptronic the 2014 Audi RS7 Sportback is propelled by an enhanced quattro all-wheel drive system. The lockable center differential includes a separate oil cooling unit to better regulate fluid temperatures under what could be extreme driving conditions when 560 horsepower is in play. An optional sport differential can be added to the RS7 Sportback allowing performance-oriented control of the rear axle. Torque vectoring software and electronic stabilization control are at the forefront in assuring the Audi RS7 Sportback remains surefooted. The Audi’s RS7 ride and handling is balanced by either a sport suspension plus system with dynamic ride control or air suspension. Both types of suspension systems present adjustable characteristics through Audi drive select.
Behind either 20-inch forged wheels or one of three available sets of 21-inch cast wheels, braking promises the harness the RS7 Sportback’s free spirit. Standard vented discs with six-piston calipers will nicely decrease the Audi’s momentum. If an owner’s intentions with the Audi RS7 Sportback involve heavy starting and stopping, choosing the optional 16.54-inch carbon fiber ceramic brake discs is probably the best course of action.
With all the high-performance mechanicals, the addition of the RS7 badging to Audi’s Sportback body foretells a multitude of stylistic as well as aerodynamic improvements. Granted an all-new front fascia, the aggressive 2014 Audi RS7 Sportback look presents larger side air inlets and the ornamental use of the “quattro” name under the license plate frame. A high-gloss honeycomb grille and matt aluminum pieces also accent face of the RS7 Sportback. Xenon plus or all-LED headlamps are found for illuminating the path of a moving RS7 Sportback as the front splitter cuts through the air. A power-extending spoiler and rear diffuser at the back of the Audi RS7 Sportback balances the aerodynamic manners of the five-door. Ten exterior colour choices are available to RS7 Sportback buyers including an exclusive Daytona gray finish treated with a matt effect.
Accomplishing a firm sport appearance outside, the Audi RS-trimmed vehicle continues to express its performance message inside. Decorated with a generous use of aluminum-look and carbon accents as standard, the materials lining the interior of the Audi RS7 Sportback deliver a stylish, high quality finish. If purchasers of the RS7 Sportback desire a different look, customization is available to augment the cabin appearance. Four seats upholstered in a choice of Alcantara/leather or a Valcona leather allows passengers inside of the Audi RS7 Sportback to ride with individualized pleasure. Standard interior equipment on the RS7 Sportback includes three-zone automatic air conditioning, MMI navigation plus and an Audi premium sound system.
In the preferential driver seat of the Audi RS7 Sportback, black-on-white gauges in the instrument panel are clearly visible through the three-spoke leather steering wheel. The front RS sport seats incorporate additional side bolstering to secure the driver when making more daring (though legal) maneuvers. Head-up display and power adjustable front seats with a memory function come at an extra cost on the Audi RS7 Sportback.
A 2014 model year car, details of the Audi RS7 Sportback’s sale availability and price have not been made official with the Detroit unveiling. While not guaranteed, it should not come as a surprise if the RS7 Sportback’s price tag pushes six figures. Despite this assumption, Audi would not be complacent to assume they may have created another hot performance product.
Information and photo source: Audi AG