James Batchelor 2019-09-09 23:01
The new Audi RS 7 Sportback shares the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with the RS 6 Avant, and will sprint to an unlimited 189mph
The new Audi RS 7 Sportback has been revealed at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. Joining the already revealed RS 6 Avant on Audi’s show stand, the new RS 7 features a new wider body and a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine with a mild-hybrid system.
Just like the previous RS 7, the new car takes the basic five-door A7 Sportback and adds some extra aggression in both styling and firepower courtesy of the German brand’s high-performance and racing division, Audi Sport.
Under the bonnet the RS 7 uses the same engine fitted to the RS 6 – a new 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8. It packs 592bhp and maximum torque stands at 800Nm between 2,100 to 4,500rpm, with power fed through an eight-speed tiptronic gearbox and Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system.
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As standard the RS 7 is limited to 155mph but if the ‘Dynamic Package’ option box is ticked, Audi will raise the top speed to 174mph and to 189mph if the ‘Dynamic Package Plus’ is selected.
The new V8 also features cylinder-on-demand technology. In a high gear cylinders 2, 3, 5 and 8 are shut down resulting in the car running in four-cylinder mode to improve fuel consumption.
There’s also a new mild-hybrid set-up; a 48-volt electrical system is mated to a belt alternator starter and a lithium-ion battery and, depending on which driving mode is selected, the car will either coast or recover energy.
Visually, only the bonnet, roof, front doors and the tailgate are carried over from the standard model. The front is 40mm wider than a standard A7 and there’s a bespoke RS grille with a 3D honeycomb design and large air vents either side. LED headlights and rear lights are standard but, to differentiate them from the regular car’s, they have a different sequence when the car is locked and unlocked.
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Elsewhere, 21-inch alloy wheels, air suspension, and new rear bumper with two exhaust pipe all feature. Larger 22-inch wheels, ceramic brakes, matrix LED headlights and a sports exhaust system are all on the options list.
Inside, Audi has fitted a pair of leather sports seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and buyers get the choice of two design packages to add some colour. Two new driving modes, called RS1 and RS2, appear for the first time and allow the drivers to create two configurable modes that can be accessed at the touch of a button. There are unique RS displays for the Virtual Cockpit and infotainment screens, and new Audi Sport puddle lamps too.
In contrast to the previous RS 7, the new car can be optioned with a three-seat rear-bench seat but a two-seater layout is standard. The RS 7 will be arriving in the UK early next year with prices announced nearer the car’s launch, but as a guide they should kick off from around £95,000.
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