After some videos showed the car off last night, the Audi RS7 has finally been fully revealed. Making 591 hp (or 600 metric horsepower) and 590 lb-ft of torque between 2,050 and 4,500 rpm from its twin-turbo hot V8, the RS7 will sprint to 62 mph in just 3.6 seconds.
The top speed is limited to 155 mph unless you opt for the Dynamic or the Dynamic plus package, which eschew the limiters and allow you to go 174 mph and 190 mph respectively.
Power, naturally, is funneled to all four wheels through a Quattro AWD system. The system is set up to send 60% of the power to the back wheels in normal situations but can send 85% of it to them if smoky drifts are required of it. It can also send 70% of the power to front wheels if you need to get yourself out of trouble.
Power is transmitted through an 8-speed tiptronic gearbox whose shift speed Audi is proud of and which features a new launch control function to get you off the line as quickly as possible.
And to ensure that this isn’t just a muscle car, the Quattro sport diff will send power to the wheel on the side of the car with the most grip—or simply to the outside wheel when cornering to get you through corners quicker.
Five-link axles adorn the RS7’s underside on both the front and rear axles. Made (mostly) of aluminum, the track width of the car is 65.7 inches up front and 65-inches in the rear.
It comes standard with air suspension, which has been tuned specifically for duty here. That means that the air spring rate is 50% higher in the RS7 than it is in non-RS cars.
Standing still, the RS7 is 0.8-inches lower than the standard A7. At speeds higher of 75 mph or higher, the car squats down another 0.4-inches. Or you can get it back up to A7-height if there’s a speed bump ahead.
As we’ve become used to on big Audis, the RS7 can be fitted with all-wheel steering to make low-speed maneuvers tighter and high-speed ones tighter. It also comes with the same range of driving modes as the RS6, including a pair of RS buttons to allow you to set your drive mode preferences.
As standard, the RS7 is fitted with 21-inch 10-spoke, cast-aluminum wheels that take 275/35 tires. You can also opt for a set of 22-inch 5 V-spoke wheels that take 285/30 tires.
They cover standard 16.5-inch perforated brakes in the front and 14.6-inchers in the back. If you’re a fan of pottery, though, you can opt for the RS ceramic brakes (17.3’ in the front 14.6’ in the back) that Audi will paint gray, red, or blue for you. These save you about 75 lbs worth of unsprung weight, so it’s something to consider, though it likely won’t save Brits the other kind of pounds.
Inside you get the A7’s screen-rich interior, which Audi has taken advantage of to show you temperatures, g-forces, tire pressures, temps, and much more. You also get Nappa leather seats with a rhombus design or more expensive Valcona leather seats with a honeycomb design.
The RS design package introduces red or grey accents to “bring a splash of color” to the interior. Hm. Regardless, it looks pretty and the seats will caress you as the g-forces launch you back into them.
“The RS 7 Sportback is our interpretation of a five-door high-performance coupé with a grand tourer design,” said Oliver Hoffmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “With refinements to make it even more suitable for everyday use plus its incredible performance, what we have here is an outstanding piece of sports equipment for customers who like their cars to feature stunning design.”
European deliveries are set to begin before the end of 2019. No word yet on when American deliveries are set to start.
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