2014 Audi Rs7 Sportback
Audi RS7 Sportback
Kinetics at their about beautiful – the Audi RS7 Sportback, the modish example from quattro GmbH, combines the powerfulness of a sports car with the elegance of a heavy, five-door putsché. The dash from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) takes upright 3.9 seconds; an selection enables a top speeding of 305 km/h (189.52 mph). Disdain the sovereign exponent of the biturbo V8, which produces 412 kW (560 hp), the RS7 Sportback consumes on mean equitable 9.8 liters of fire per 100 km (24.00 US mpg).
Esthetic excogitation and telling sportiness: With the Audi RS7 Sportback, it’s captivation at offset deal. The farsighted locomotive goon, the 2.92 m (9.58 ft) wheelbase and the shortstop overhangs make a carving with strongly proportionate proportions. With its low, aerodynamic cap occupation, the 5.01 cadence (16.44 ft) Audi RS7 Sportback is salient from any fish.
Particular details on the outside of the five-door putsché set clean accents. These admit the distinctively styled bumpers, the partially tinted LED headlights, the high-gloss melanise honeycomb grille, the addition parts in mat al and the flared sills. The precipitously slanted, truncate bottom sports a classifiable pamperer lip. A classical sports car characteristic. Two optional styling packages – matted aluminium and c – foster tailor-make the appearing.
Thanks to Audi’s whippersnapper twist engineering, the Audi RS7 Sportback sets new standards with its low weightiness. A loan-blend al figure, it weighs about 15 percentage less than a corresponding all-steel eubstance. More 20 percentage of the torso is made of al.
2014 Audi RS7 Sportback
The 4.0 TFSI: 412 kW (560 hp) and 700 Nm (516.29 lb-ft) of torque
The ticker of the Audi RS7 Sportback is the 4.0 TFSI locomotive, which takes Audi’s retrenchment scheme to the high-performance family. The twin-turbo V8 displaces 3,993 cc and develops amazing superpower. Its produces 412 kW (560 hp) betwixt 5,700 and 6,600 rpm, with a unceasing 700 Nm (516.29 lb-ft) of torsion uncommitted from 1,750 to 5,500 rpm.
Because the sonorous, high-revving biturbo V8 has been rigorously designed
for low load-change and catamenia losings, it develops this might quick and impromptu. The ingestion english of the cylinder heads is on the away, the eject slope on the inwardly. The two twin-scroll turbochargers, which break capable 1.2 bar of congener tutelage press, sit jointly their intercoolers in the V of the cylinder banks.
The Audi RS7 Sportback’s operation speaks for itself. The dash from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) takes hardly 3.9 seconds Audi limits the top swiftness in the banner shape to 250 km/h (155.34 mph). Top hurrying with the optional active packet is 280 km/h (173.98 mph) and 305 km/h (189.52 mph) with the active parcel asset.
The new top-of-the-line simulation consumes upright 9.8 liters of fire per 100 km (24.00 mpg) in the NEDC. The 4.0 TFSI features legion efficiency technologies. The Audi cylinder on involve (COD) scheme is specially efficient. At low to lead payload and locomotive upper, it deactivates cylinders two, leash, fivesome and octonary by culmination their valves and closing off fire injectant. The 4.0 TFSI runs as a four-cylinder locomotive therein style – until the driver presses unwaveringly kill on the throttle. The operational points in the alive cylinders are displaced toward higher heaps, increasing efficiency. The COD engineering reduces use in the NEDC by roughly tenth.
The criterion eight-speed tiptronic has been especially matched to the sportsmanlike part of the RS7. Drivers can select ‘tween D and S modes or alteration gears themselves. When the contagion is in manual Tip mood, a chemise igniter in the driver data arrangement show indicates when the rev demarcation is reached. Spell the frown gears of the tiptronic are nearly separated for sportsmanlike answer, one-eighth geartrain is marvelous to slenderize fire phthisis.
The quattro lasting all-wheel effort organisation gives the knock-down five-door takeoveré a critical reward in grip and impulsive guard. At its bosom is a new highly-developed centerfield derivative with a highschool lockup rank. It distributes the ability prn with bang-up flexibleness. In the stock conformation, 40 percentage flows to the forepart axle and 60 pct to the behind axle. Torsion vectoring supports the study of the derivative at the demarcation. Audi besides offers the optional sportsman derivative for the ass axle, which actively distributes the ability ‘tween the wheels.
Chassis RS adaptive air suspension
The RS7 Sportback is one of the commencement RS models from Audi to semen stock with a specifically tuned air dangling. Thanks to a active shape of the RS adaptative air respite, the trunk sits 20 millimeters (0.79 in) frown. The unified damping controller varies as a role of the route weather, impulsive stylus and the fashion elect in Audi ride choice. This organization enables the driver to deviate the part of key components, including the direction, locomotive direction, the tiptronic and the optional mutation derivative, by shift betwixt the modes puff, automobile, dynamical and tradition.
Audi offers the tauter RS mutant hanging addition with Active Rally Ascendancy (DRC) as an alternate to the air respite. It uses sword springs and three-stage adjustable dampers that are machine-accessible to one another via oil lines and one fundamental valve apiece. Another alternative, which can likewise be unified into Audi effort prime, is the active direction with its steplessly varying direction proportion.
The Audi RS7 Sportback comes received with 20-inch bad al wheels in heptad twin-spoke excogitation. Ternary unlike 21-inch pedal designs are usable as options. The internally vented bracken discs characteristic a flourish innovation for a slant savings of virtually 3 kilograms (6.61 lb). The strawman discs quantity 390 milli-meters (15.35 in) in diam and are gripped by six-piston calipers. Audi installs c fiber-ceramic discs as an choice. The electronic stabilisation controller organisation (ESC) has a Play manner that can be deactivated totally.
Fully equipped: Interior and technologies
The refined kinetics of the outside figure extend ended to the midland of the Audi RS7 Sportback. The spectacular constituent is the “wrap-around” – an arced, horizontal business under the windscreen. The cockpit is trim to the driver, with the essence comfort orientated in the driver’s guidance.
The dial instruments sport inkiness faces, whiten dials and red needles. RS logos and screens decorate the key, the flat-bottom, three-spoke, multifunction wheel, the well-lighted launching sills, the tach, the great driver entropy organisation showing and the power-retractable supervise of the MMI seafaring addition arrangement. The picker jimmy features a thickening covered in punctured leather with an RS badge, and the switching paddles sustain an aluminum-look finishing. Extra highlights are provided by shave elements with al and soft finishing aspect finishes too as c inlays.
RS mutation seating with marked incline bolsters and incorporate brain restraints are stock. They are covered in a combining of nigrify Alcantara and leather; the mall sections sport adamant quilting. The seating can instead be covered in peculiarly top-grade, honeycomb-quilted Valcona leather in either melanize or lunar eloquent. Audi offers optional power-adjustable comforter seating with remembering use. The two bottom seating are sportily contoured. Baggage capacitance ranges from 535 to 1,390 liters (18.89 to 49.09 cu ft) contingent the place of the back behind backs.
Banner equipment in the new Audi RS7 Sportback too includes four-zone reflex air conditioning, MMI sailing positive with touchpad command (MMI contact) and the Audi audio organization. Optional high-end features scope from a head-up expose and the Strike & Olufsen Ripe Voice Scheme to the driver help systems, including adaptative sail ascendance with layover & go routine and the night-sight helper with highlight of detected pedestrians. Audi unite including a car telephone brings bespoke on-line services aboard. Passengers can breaker the web freely via a WLAN hotspot.
The Audi RS7 Sportback volition commence arriving at dealerships in the dip of 2013. The fundament cost in Germany is €113,000.
Five-spot doors and a streamlined putsché silhouette with typical accents – the RS7 Sportback embodies the Audi business of dynamical elegance in its purest cast. The foresighted locomotive cowl, the 2,915 millimetre (9.56 ft) wheelbase and the curt overhangs make a grave with balanced proportions. 5,012 millimeters (16.44 ft) in duration, the five-door putsché has a brawny comportment from any tip.
The figure of the RS7 Sportback follows the elemental business of Audi: Esthetics and use manikin a whole; they spotlight the mantrap of the engineering. Many elaborate solutions semen from racing, and as in the Audi raceway cars they adopt particular functions. The perpendicular blades in the great air inlets, e.g., help as a pre-spoiler, guiding the wash in such a way that it flows flawlessly on the wing selfsame former. Their show underscores the car’s tauten route position. The slender honeycomb grilles at the strawman reserve highschool air throughput, and a retractable arse despoiler addition a backside diffusor slim arse axle rhytidectomy.
The dynamical quality of the Audi RS7 Sportback is plain at commencement glimpse. The typical bumper and the Singleframe wicket with its beveled amphetamine corners qualify the front. In compounding with the styling packages, a furcate section of the lattice intentional as an airway is situated downstairs the numberplate. The flatcar headlights broaden toward the fenders, shift the visual stress outward-bound.
Viewed from the slope, the five-door, high-performance putsché presents a powerfully outlined business. Its cap arc is a matt attic; the C-pillar stretches continuously to the arse and flows into the berm of the soundbox. It encompasses a tertiary position windowpane with an upwardly pointing tip. The proportion of calico consistence surfaces to the frameless windows is two-thirds to tierce, a distinctive Audi proportionality.
Another distinguishing conception factor of the Audi RS7 Sportback is the astute twister contrast spanning the wing. It starts at the headlights and extends on the fenders, the doors and the bottom face walls as it lightly slopes toward the empennage lights. Supra the contact english sills is the dynamical pipeline, which runs slenderly upwardly complete the doors ahead turn crisply up at the backside.
Typical sports car: the truncated rear end
The crisply slanted, truncate bottom of the Audi RS7 Sportback is a greco-roman sports car sport. Its surfaces are deep graven. The tinted lights are completed most alone with LED engineering. Their lightness rule appears 3-dimensional; the stoplight is in the bod of a coil. The lip of the trunk lid includes a mollycoddler that mechanically extends at 130 km/h (80.78 mph) and retracts again at 80 km/h (49.71 mph). A diffusor with implied regulate extends far up and likewise encircles the two great, ovate tailpipe tips of the RS exhaust.
In the locomotive compartment, a innovation cut component covers the 4.0 TFSI. RS badges provides accents hither, at the forepart and at the behind of the car. The Singleframe grill, windowpane capping strips and housings of the external mirrors are in mat aluminium, whereas the honeycomb wicket at the presence of the fomite is high-gloss melanize.
Two early styling packages – flat aluminium and c – spring the five-door, high-performance putsché a sincerely unparalleled feeling thanks in contribution to the spectacular quattro logotype on the air aspiration. With the lusterlessness al styling software, accents are provided by the butt of the exchange air aspiration and the blades in the air inlets. With the c styling box, the battlefront divider and the diffusor are more boldly molded for evening more of a racer looking. Another alternative are outside mirrors with uncovered c housings.
Ten dissimilar blusher finishes are useable for the Audi RS7 Sportback. In accession to self-colored, metal and pearl-effect finishes, quartz effects and a flatness destination are too useable.
Thanks to Audi jackanapes building engineering, the eubstance of the RS7 Sportback leads the section when it comes to weightiness. The aluminium intercrossed structure brings astir 15 pct less to the scales than a corresponding all-steel conception.
More 20 pct of the personify is made of aluminium. The struts in the locomotive compartment and the cross-members bum the movement and behind bumpers are al sections. The forepart fenders, the locomotive goon, the cross-member infra the panel, the farsighted bottom lid and the doors are made of al panels. Die-cast al serves as the cloth for the ruffle gallus in the movement department of the car. With a weighting vantage of a near 10 kilograms (22.05 lb) concluded blade, the two sashay brace bring to the delicately balanced axle loading dispersion.
For Audi, the rationale of whippersnapper excogitation agency exploitation the correct substantial in the compensate berth to attain optimal part. Many components made of hot-shaped sword are thus victimized in the rider compartment. These components are get-go het in a furnace to concluded 1,000 degrees Celsius and molded forthwith thenceforth at approximately 200 degrees Celsius in a water-cooled pressure die. This sharp commute in temperature creates an iron-carbon construction of exceeding malleable force. These hi-tech steels are comparatively cut and consequently lighter. Audi too uses trim blanks – sheets made of case-by-case sheets of unlike thicknesses – in many areas.
The soundbox of the Audi RS7 Sportback is real fixed and solid, providing the base for its sportsmanlike exact treatment, the inflexible body-build tone, the first-class wreck rubber and the tranquility aboard, justify of intrusive dissonance. Vibrational solace is another lastingness. Oscillation levels at the tangency points betwixt the passengers and the consistence suffer been fastidiously minimized, and all points where violence inputs pass when the car is operational are strengthened.
The Audi RS7 Sportback has a head-on expanse of 2.29 m2 (24.65 sq ft) and a coefficient of hale of 0.30. In its sleek construct, eventide the smallest details are real authoritative. The wainscoted underbelly channels air in a controlled way, and air flows done the locomotive compartment with minimum losings.
Operation on the story of a supercar and ended calm: The Audi RS7 Sportback is a high-performance jock. The gravid, five-door putsché sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in fair 3.9 seconds. In the banner contour, top speeding is a governed 250 km/h (155.34 mph). Audi testament ascent this upon bespeak. The active packet allows 280 km/h (173.98 mph), patch top upper with the active box summation is 305 km/h (189.52 mph). Disdain this higher-up execution, the Audi RS7 Sportback consumes on intermediate barely 9.8 liters of fire per 100 km (24.00 US mpg).
The 4.0 TFSI that powers the RS7 Sportback takes Audi’s curtailment scheme to the high-performance family. The biturbo V8 develops colossal powerfulness from a supplanting of 3,993 cc (aegir x diagonal 84.5 x 89.0 millimeters [3.33 x 3.50 in]). Its crown outturn of 412 kW (560 hp) is useable ‘tween 5,700 and 6,600 rpm; eyeshade torsion of 700 Nm (516.28 lb-ft) is already uncommitted at 1,750 rpm and clay invariable done 5,500 rpm.
Legion details papers the hi-tech lineament of the turbocharged V8. The aluminum-silicon crankcase is manufactured in a low-pressure perm molding cast procedure, which ensures a heights degree of real uniformness. A framing for the bum comportment bridges of the crankshaft foster enhances its rigidness. The locomotive is lone 497 millimeters (19.57 in) farseeing; the irons run on the back face to economize distance. Its weighting, with all of its key accessory components, is 224 kilograms (493.84 lb).
The inlet organization is optimized for minimum catamenia losings. Switchable flap in the inhalation ports stimulate a rolled eccentric of move in the entry air. Contingent their berth, they optimise either weft of the burning bedroom or burning itself. The forthwith injected and intensively swirled fire cools the burning chambers. This allows a gamy concretion proportion of 10.1:1.
The cylinder heads get the aspiration incline on the away and the expel slope on the indoors. This advanced construct enables shortstop gas pathways with minimum current losings and ad-lib answer. The two gravid turbochargers and their air-water intercoolers are set in the 90° interior V of the cylinder banks. Enlarge insulant of hot components ensures thermally static weather.
The two turbochargers give capable 1.2 bar of congener charging insistence. The supposed twin-scroll engineering, in which the expel from two cylinders apiece flows to the turbine roll via reprint ports, prevents unsought interactions betwixt the gas flows. This results in the betimes and immerse torsion build-up.
Audio flap in the RS exhaust dedicate the V8 an evening more twisting phone. They are controlled severally from locomotive payload and speeding, the manner in the Audi driving quality kinetics scheme and the eight-speed tiptronic’s operational modality. An RS athletics exhaust with nigrify tailpipe tips and a more classifiable phone is usable as an selection.
Modular efficiency platform: Innovative technologies
The biturbo V8 features the virile technologies from Audi’s modular efficiency program. The start-stop organisation deactivates the locomotive when stopped-up; the groundbreaking caloric direction uses a nut valve to modulate the flowing of coolant so that the oil warms up as quick as potential afterwards the locomotive is started. The regulated oil heart varies the oil insistency prn, and the plunger oil shot nozzles are map-controlled. Multiple high-end technologies are victimized during forum of the V8 at the Audi flora in Györ, Hungary. E.g., the plunger pins bear a ticket, diamond-like c (DLC) finishing.
One pioneering founding from Audi is the cylinder on need arrangement (COD). At low to lead locomotive velocity and cargo – capable roughly 3,500 rpm and 250 Nm (184.39 lb-ft) – the COD engineering deactivates cylinders two, leash, cinque and octonary by closure the valves and fillet fire shot to them and kindling. Efficiency in the dynamic cylinders is increased because the operational points are displaced toward higher gobs.
This transition takes situation inside a few hundredths of a seconds so swimmingly that the driver much but recognizes four-cylinder surgery by the content in the cat’s-paw bunch expose. The cylinders are reactivated as presently as the driver hard presses the gun. The COD engineering reduces the Audi RS7 Sportback’s NEDC fire uptake by about pentad percentage; at a ceaseless 100 km/h (62.14 mph) the simplification is about 10 pct.
Spell the V8 is temporarily run as a V4, firing alone takes position at every 180 degrees of crankshaft lean and the locomotive’s torsional vibrations are correspondingly higher. Fighting locomotive mounts use electromagnetic cycle gyre actuators to cause phase-offset buffet oscillations that mostly natural locomotive palpitation.
The drivetrain in the Audi RS7 Sportback delivers the superpower to the route with sang-froid. The eight-speed tiptronic impresses with especially shortstop switch multiplication and mollify, about unperceivable appurtenance changes. A graeco-roman torsion convertor transmittance, it offers D and S modes. Drivers want to alteration gears on their own can use the switch paddles on the wheel or the chooser prize posture a singular RS pattern. Another part, Launching Ascendancy, delivers the locomotive’s exponent to the route with outlined tyre miscue and utmost grip.
The eight-speed tiptronic, which is merged into the locomotive’s thermic direction organisation, plays a major function in the efficiency of the Audi RS7 Sportback. Its glower gears are tight separated for showy reply spell the top geartrain is marvellous to slim fire use. The ranch of 7.1:1 is real all-inclusive. The Audi RS7 Sportback accelerates potently from a standing first and operates at comparatively low rpm evening in one-eighth paraphernalia. The torsion convertor locking batch connects the gearbox instantly to the locomotive in near drive situations, hence boost increasing efficiency.
The ticker of the quattro drivetrain is a fresh highly-developed centre derivative that can wide alter the dispersion of torsion. In pattern impulsive, the strictly mechanical derivative sends 40 percentage of the locomotive’s index to the battlefront axle and 60 percentage to the arse axle. When mandatory, it can forthwith circularize capable 70 pct of the torsion to the breast, or capable 85 pct to the backside. Yet another effectiveness of this new derivative, whose temperature is modulated by a consecrated oil tank, lies in its low angle. So, it weighs 1.8 kilograms (3.97 lb) less than the premature coevals.
The centre derivative deeds close with the torsion vectoring. When the latter detects that the wheels on the inwardly of the cut, which are below a rock-bottom consignment, are some to gaffe, it brakes these wheels ever slenderly by applying the pads to the discs with minimum insistency. This makes treatment at the demarcation flush more inert and good. If the electronic stabilisation ascendancy (ESC) has to interpose at all, it does so ulterior and more softly.
Even more dynamic: the sport differential
Audi offers another portion for the quattro drivetrain as an pick. The variation derivative actively distributes torsion betwixt the back wheels. When turn into or accelerating in a sheer, it sends the bulk of the torsion to the exterior bicycle and pushes the RS7 Sportback into the kink, frosty any inclination to oversteer or understeer in the bud. The driver can exactly ascendancy the purpose of the variation derivative via the Audi thrust take kinetics organization.
The athletics derivative is an annexe of the greco-roman backside derivative. It has a superposition pitch on both sides that turns one-tenth quicker than the ride lance. An electrohydraulically actuated, multi-plate clasp provides the association betwixt the cock and the superposition phase. When the hold closes, it steplessly imposes the higher speeding of the superposition train on the extraneous roll. The extra torsion compulsory is careworn aside from the indoors cycle.
The build of the Audi RS7 Sportback combines howling dynamical potency with near consolation. Up battlefront is a five-link axle that can hold longitudinal and sidelong forces severally. It comprises two thwartwise links on the speed airplane, the reenforcement tie-in and ascendence arm in the depress planer, and the raceway rod. Its bearings answer swimmingly in the longitudinal centering, and are cadaver in the thwartwise steering for preciseness.
The guts of the battlefront respite is the inbuilt subframe. Made of high-strength sword, it is bolted bolt to the front, promote increasing the latter’s inflexibility. The hiatus ascendancy munition are al forgings to livelihood the unsprung people low. The rack carriers and swivel bearings are besides made of this like stuff. The anti-roll bar fictional from a high-strength nerve underground is too comparatively spark. The strawman raceway of the Audi RS7 Sportback measures 1,634 millimeters (5.36 ft).
The behind abatement with a running of 1,625 millimeters (5.33 ft) follows the self-tracking trapezoidal contact layout, which is characterized by jazzy and true treatment also as covenant dimensions. Two hydraulic bearings associate the sword subframe with the consistency. The smash command munition and the cartroad rods are aluminium forgings. A brand metro too serves hither as an anti-roll bar. The two trapezoidal links are precipitation-hardened aluminium castings; the roll carriers are of chill-cast al.
The electromechanical exponent steerage whole in the Audi RS7 Sportback is a press and whippersnapper part. Its low climb place on a story with the plaza of the bike promises spry answer, gamey preciseness and raw feedback. The 13.0:1 proportion is sportsmanlike and engineer. Guidance supercharge, which varies as a use of fastness, has been particularly tuned to the lineament of the active top-of-the-line modelling.
The electromechanical powerfulness direction is extremely effective because it does not want any push spell impulsive neat forrader. When braking on a aerofoil that is tricky on one slope, it helps the driver by facilitating the right corrections and makes unconventional direction movements more unmanageable.
Audi offers active guidance with RS-typical characteristics as an choice. The spirit of this organization is a superposition appurtenance in the steerage pillar. It steplessly varies the direction proportion as a office of speeding, from selfsame orchestrate when maneuvering to collateral on the highway. At the cornering confine, it countersteers with minimum pulses, devising the manipulation level more dynamical, mobile and safety.
The Audi RS7 Sportback comes received with a sportily tuned air abatement. The RS adaptative air hanging lowers the trunk by 20 millimeters (0.79 in) compared with the A7 Sportback. Its damping is varied as a function of road conditions, driving style and the mode chosen in Audi drive select. The driving dynamics system integrates key components. Besides damping, these include the steering, engine management, the sound flaps in the exhaust system, the tiptronic and the optional components adaptive cruise control, sport differential, RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC), dynamic steering, belt tensioners and cornering light. The driver can vary the function of these systems between the comfort, auto, dynamic and individual modes.
Tautly connected: RS sport suspension plus with DRC
The tauter RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) is available as an alternative to the RS adaptive air suspension. With its steel springs and variable dampers, it reduces all body motion purely mechanically and thus immediately. It is compact and lightweight. The diagonally opposed pairs of shock absorbers are linked by hydraulic lines and a central valve. When cornering at speed, the valves regulate the oil flow in the shock absorber of the deflected outside wheel almost immediately. They increase the support provided and reduce lateral tilt.
The brake system of the Audi RS7 Sportback delivers maximum performance. The discs are internally vented and perforated. Their wave-like outer contour reduces overall weight by roughly three kilograms (6.61 lb). Stainless steel pins connect the steel discs to the aluminum brake caps. This concept borrowed from racing reduces tensions, quickly dissipates the heat and prevents the transmission of temperature spikes.
The front brake discs measure 390 millimeters (15.35 in) in diameter and are gripped by black (optionally red), six-piston calipers. Optionally available are carbon fiber-ceramic brake discs measuring 420 millimeters (16.54 in) in diameter. Their calipers are painted Anthracite Gray and bear “Audi ceramic” badges. The high-brakes are virtually fade-free, extremely durable, powerful, long-lasting and substantially lighter. The ceramic brake discs alone save 14.6 kilograms (32.19 lb) of weight compared with the steel discs.
The electronic stabilization control (ESC) has been specially configured for the dynamic profile of the Audi RS7 Sportback. With the touch of a button, the driver can select a sport mode that deactivates the engine interventions. The ESC can also be deactivated entirely for particularly dynamic driving. A practical subfunction of the system is hold assist, which makes it easier to start out on slopes.
Machine-polished 20-inch forged wheels in seven twin-spoke design and fitted with 275/35-series tires are standard on the Audi RS7 Sportback. Optional 21-inch wheels in five-spoke “Blade” design are available in three different versions, including machine-polished high-gloss black and machine-polished titanium-look. These wheels are fitted with 275/30 R 21 tires.
The dynamically elegant line of the exterior carries over to the interior of the Audi RS7 Sportback, which is immersed in sporty black. The salient element is the “wrap-around,” a horizontal line below the windshield extending into the front doors. The low instrument panel, which conveys the driver a sense of freedom and expanse, rounds out the concept of taut lines with an elegant curve. The frame of the door opener invokes the shape of the rear side window, demonstrating Audi’s great attention to the smallest of details.
The cockpit is rigorously tailored to the driver, with the center console oriented in the driver’s direction. The selector lever features a perforated leather knob and sports an RS badge. The shift paddles have an aluminum-look finish. The dial instruments have black faces, white numbers and red needles. RS7 badges, some three-dimensional, adorn the tachometer, the three-spoke flat-bottomed multifunction steering wheel, the illuminated entry sills and the seven-inch color display of the driver information system. The bars of the door openers are open-worked, another typical RS element.
A special feature in the driver information system is the shift light for the eight-speed tiptronic’s manual mode. As engine speed increases, green segments in the display form a bar. The bar turns red and blinks shortly before the red line is reached. Displays for the gear selected, boost pressure, oil temperature, speed and a lap timer round out the RS-specific driver information system. The driver information system and MMI monitor welcome the driver with specific RS7 start screens.
The decorative bezel below the retractable eight-inch monitor and the infotainment bezel sport a black piano finish look. Carbon is used for the standard inlays. Four additional materials are available, including piano lacquer and the particularly elegant aluminum/Beaufort wood black. The footrest, pedals and soft keys in the MMI navigation plus terminal gleam in an aluminum-look finish. The headlining is made of black cloth, with options for lunar silver or black Alcantara.
Standard equipment includes heated RS sport seats with pronounced side bolsters, integrated head restraints and embossed RS7 logos. They are power-adjustable and have pull-out seat cushions. The seats, whose center sections feature diamond quilting, are covered in a combination of black Alcantara and leather. Upon request, Audi also covers the seats with particularly high-grade, naturally processed Valcona leather in either black or lunar silver and with honeycomb quilting.
Also available are comfort seats with memory function, with the option of a massage and ventilation function. The rear of the Audi RS7 Sportback has two sportily sculpted individual seats with integrated head restraints. Regardless of which options, the uncompromising quality and polished finish with which Audi builds its cars is evident in every detail.
The RS7 Sportback has a long, electrically actuated rear lid that extends far up into the roof. The cargo area already offers a capacity of 535 liters (18.89 cu ft) in the base configuration, and this can be increased to 1,390 liters (49.09 cu ft) by folding down the split rear seat backs. Thanks to the straight side walls and virtually flat floor, the space can be utilized very well.
Driver assistance systems
The assistance and safety systems make driving the Audi RS7 Sportback even more relaxing and composed. The driver information system with rest recommendation is standard. It recognizes when the driver is beginning to tire and suggests a rest. The safety system Audi pre sense basic is also standard.
One particularly sophisticated optional system is the radar-supported adaptive cruise control (ACC) with stop & go function. It regulates the interval to the car a head at speeds between 0 and 250 km/h (155.34 mph). At speeds below 30 km/h (18.64 mph), the system initiates maximum braking if it detects an impending collision.
ACC with stop & go function works closely together with the Audi pre sense safety system. Audi side assist, which is also linked to a sub-function of Audi pre sense, uses rear-mounted radar to help drivers change lanes safely. Audi active lane assist helps the driver to remain in a given lane by gently intervening in the electromechanical steering, if necessary.
It draws its imagery from the same camera as the speed limit display, which presents recognized traffic signs on the driver information system display or the optional head-up display.
The park assist system with 360° display, another high-end system, handles steering instead of the driver. The night vision assistant with highlighting of detected pedestrians, makes for more relaxed driving at night. Its thermal imaging camera is far infrared system (FIR), meaning that the camera reacts to the heat radiated by objects. A computer converts the information from the camera into black and white images and shows them on the driver information system display. If the system detects a pedestrian in front of the car, it uses optical and acoustic signals to indicate them to the driver.
Infotainment and Audi connect
The Audi RS7 Sportback comes standard with MMI navigation plus. The top infotainment system includes an electrically retractable, high-resolution, eight-inch monitor, groundbreaking touchpad control (MMI touch), a 60 GB hard drive, a DVD drive and voice control. MMI navigation plus is tightly networked with the control units of the ACC stop & go, the eight-speed tiptronic and the optional adaptive light system, allowing these systems to quickly and precisely adapt their function to the conditions of a given route.
Among the optional infotainment modules are such high-end features as the Bose surround system and a digital radio tuner. At the very top is the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System, which drives 15 speakers with more than 1,200 watts of total power. Two acoustic lenses made of aluminum reproduce the high frequencies. They extend from the instrument panel when the system is switched on.
Audi connect plus car phone, another option, supplements MMI navigation plus. Its integrated WLAN hotspot lets the passengers surf and e-mail freely. For the driver, it delivers tailored Internet services from Audi connect to the car – from online traffic information to navigation with the Google Earth maps service and Google Street View to Audi music stream web radio. The term Audi connect covers all applications and developments that network the car with its owner, the Internet, infrastructure and other automobiles.
The Audi RS7 Sportback comes with a generous list of standard equipment. The package of restraint systems comprises two front airbags, two front side airbags – rear side airbags optional – and two head airbags, the integral head restraint system and electric belt tensioners for the front seats. The Audi pre sense basic safety system, the tire pressure monitoring system with air pressure and temperature display, the LED headlights and rear lights with adaptive brake light, the driver information system with rest recommendation and the anti-theft alarm system round out the safety technologies.
Sophisticated features contribute to the tremendous performance of the new top model. These include the RS adaptive air suspension, the wave-design brake discs, the 20-inch wheels, the eight-speed tiptronic with shift paddles and launch control, the Audi drive select dynamics system and quattro permanent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring.
The leather-wrapped, flat-bottomed multifunction sport steering wheel, heated RS sport seats covered in Alcantara/leather, carbon inlays, illuminated entry sills and the RS-specific driver information system impart a special flair to the black interior. The parking system plus, the electromechanical parking brake, folding rear seat backs, four-zone automatic air conditioning, cruise control, ambient lighting, the Audi sound system and MMI navigation plus round out the list of standard equipment.
Audi offers the optional Audi connect including car phone as the ideal complement to the top navigation system. It connects RS7 to the Internet. Rounding out the infotainment lineup are high-end options such as the Bose surround system, digital radio tuner or the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System.
Customers seeking the ultimate in dynamics can order the carbon fiber-ceramic brake discs, the RS sport differential, dynamic steering, 21-inch wheels and the sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC). The dynamic package (with top speed extension to 280 km/h (173.98 mph) and the dynamic package plus (305 km/h) (189.52 mph) include most of these features.
The aluminum matt and carbon styling packages and the red brake calipers make the look of the dynamic top-of-the-line model even more distinctive, while the RS sport exhaust system with black tailpipe tips enhances the engine sound.
What’s more, the Audi RS7 Sportback can also be equipped with all the luxurious options available for the A7. These include LED headlights with a unique design, power-assisted closing for the doors, the convenience key with gesture-controlled opening of the rear lid, the head-up display, the comfort package and the comfort seats, to name a few. The Audi exclusive range from quattro GmbH offers countless customization options for the inlays, seat covers and many other interior details. Customers can choose to make their cars as unique as their fingerprints.
There is also a comprehensive range of driver assistance options. These include ACC stop & go, the night vision assistant with highlighting of detected pedestrians, Audi side assist, Audi active lane assist, the speed limit display, park assist and the Audi pre sense plus assistance package.
Delivery of the large, five-door coupé is scheduled to begin in fall of 2013 at a base price of €113,000. Among the most important markets besides Germany are China and the USA.