The new generation Audi RS 7 Sportback is taking no prisoners. It’s wide, angry, powerful and looking for a long stretch of pavement
With the now exception of the Audi RS 6 Avant, the Audi RS 7 was the most coveted car made by Audi Sport in North America. This second generation of the high-powered Audi A7 Sportback is most visually intense from outside and inside.
And by intense, we are referring to the fact that the new Audi RS 7 is 40mm wider than the “standard” Audi A7. The most prominent features are, well, everything. To note, only the front doors and roof panel are shared with the regular A7 which explains why, from near or far, the RS 7 really looks as though it is hugging the ground. Directly responsible for this are the massive oh-so RS flared fenders which endow the car with nearly all of its mouth-watering presence. Audi Sport also designed the body to sit lower on the wheels all the while retaining the same overall height as previously.
The RS-specific three-dimensional honeycomb flat Singleframe grille surrounded by large air inlets is a warning to would-be racer-boys that they’re going to lose. No matter the angle, the new Audi RS 7 sports refined, toned and powerful lines. The standard 10-spoke 21-inch wheels shod with 275/35 tires are immense but they may not be enough for everyone. Audi Sport has you covered with optional 22-inch RS-specific wheels with fatter 285/30 tires. The new Audi RS 7 is a stunner, outdone physically only by the equally new Audi RS 6 Avant.
The RS 7’s cabin rolls into the present with the now familiar twin-screen setup as standard to go along with the Audi Virtual Cockpit and the flat-bottomed, fully perforated RS sport leather steering wheel. The latter features new RS1 and RS2 programmable drive modes. The RS sport seats are upholstered in black pearl Nappa leather RS embossing as standard and for the first time, the RS 7 is available as both a 5-seater (new) as well as a 4-seater. The boot remains positively enormous with its basic capacity of 535 litres.
Let’s talk power now. The new Audi RS 7 Sportback’ power is provided by Audi Sport’s delightful 4.0-litre TFSI twin-turbocharged V8, now coupled to mild hybrid technology. The V8’s output is a massive 600 PS (592-horsepower) and a pavement-pounding 800 Nm (590 lb.-ft.) of torque. The RS 7’s obviously fast as it crushes the 0-100 km/h (62.1 mph) sprint in only 3.6 seconds. 200 km/h arrives in 12 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. The optional Dynamic package raises the limit to a cool 305 km/h or 189.5 mph.
The mild-hybrid technology consists in a 48-volt electrical system, a belt-alternator-starter and a 12-kW battery. The system assists in start-ups and enables ICE-less coasting at speeds between 55-160 km/h. Along with Cylinder on demand, the RS 7’s fuel economy improves by up to 0.8L/100km.
The standard 8-speed automatic transmission sends the power to the quattro AWD system which splits torque 40:60 under normal use. Depending on driver inputs or drive modes, , up to 70% of the power can be diverted to the front wheels. Alternatively, up to 85% of the juice goes to the rear. With this, the wheel-selective torque control and the quattro sport differential can shuffle power in whatever way in order to maximize all-out performance.
The included RS adaptive suspension drops the car 20mm compared to the traditional A7 Sportback. At speeds above 120 km/h, suspension drops the car a further 10mm. In the city, it’s good to know the setup can raise the car a full extra 20mm of the regular level – this is the “save the carbon chin spoiler mode.” The optional RS sport suspension sharpens the driving experience further. Finally, the new Audi RS 7 can be optionally fitted with the dynamic all-wheel steering increases steering responsiveness at all speeds.
As expected, the new Audi RS 7 Sportback will be offered absolutely loaded with all the latest infotainment and safety technologies. This is a long-range cruise missile designed to keep its occupants happy and secure.
The RS 7 is expected in the 2nd quarter of 2020. Pricing has not yet been announced however we expect it’ll be roughly 5% higher than the outgoing 2018 RS 7’s retail price of $120,000.