Audi’s sport-back luxury sedan has received the RS treatment, and was unveiled to the public at the Detroit Auto Show. The car, which competes with the Mercedes CLS and BMW 6 series gran coupe, receives Audi’s 4.0-liter V8 engine, sports suspension, and 14-inch breaks to make the car worthy of its RS badge.
The twin turbo V8 in the RS7 produces 560 hp and 553 lb-ft that propel the car to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, on to a top speed of nearly 190 mph. The standard RS7 is electronically limited to 155 mph, but if customers opt for the dynamic package plus the electronic governor is removed.
Recent Audi RS models haven’t had great 0-60 numbers due to a lack of torque, but because the RS7 generates 553 lb-ft starting at 1,500 rpm, it has a 0-60 time .6 seconds faster than the RS5.
The Audi RS7 comes with 14 inch steel front brake rotors as standard, coupled with 4-piston break calipers. Thought optional 15 inch carbon ceramic breaks are available.
The car uses a 7-speed automatic transmission that features Audi’s “tiptronic” manual mode that can be controlled using aluminum paddle shifters.
Audi projects the RS7 will achieve an average of 24 mpg thanks in part to the relatively small displacement of the engine, and to the use of cylinder deactivation, which uses 4 cylinders instead of 8 when the car is cruising.
Like all RS’s, the RS7 receives modest cosmetic changes to designate its high performance capability. Seven spoke 20” wheels come standard, as does carbon fiber and aluminum interior inserts, diamond quilted leather seats, dark tinted oval exhaust tips, and a larger honeycombed front grill.