- The new-gen RS7 is the newest supercar beater which can seat four in comfort.
- The standard RS7 is now as powerful as the previous-gen RS7 Performance variant.
Audi took the covers off then new-gen RS7 Sportback at the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show. The four-door coupe wears all the RS performance bits both inside and out and comes with a boost in power figures.
Under the hood is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 punching out 591bhp and an earth-shattering 800Nm of twisting force. The new powertrain is mated to a 48Volt mild-hybrid system which is capable of providing a boost between 55 and 160kmph while cruising and can also recover energy while coasting with the engine switched off. The system is also capable of cranking up the engine at the stoplight once the vehicle ahead starts moving even if the brakes are applied. Overall, the hybrid system can save almost 0.8 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres, says Audi.
In terms of performance, the RS7 can hit 100kmph from standstill in 3.6 seconds while the top speed is limited to 250kmph. The top speed can be boosted to 270kmph or 310kmph by Dynamic and Dynamic Plus packages, respectively. The RS7 now sits lower than the standard car owing to adaptive air-suspension, so the ride height dips at speeds over 200kmph, but can be raised to avoid scrapping over speed bumps.
Appearance-wise, the RS7 looks handsome with all the RS parts. There is a blacked-out grille with added lip spoiler, massive 22-inch wheels and side-skirts, while at the back Audi has used functional exhaust tips integrated into the rear diffuser. Audi is offering a choice of thirteen exterior paint finishes, including the two RS-specific shades of Nardo grey and Sebring black. The cabin is similar to all other RS-spec models and comes laden with all the bells and whistles Audi has on offer.
The RS7 is the second of the six RS models – after the RS6 Avant – slated to arrive by the end of 2019. After it goes on sale in the international markets, Audi may soon bring the new RS7 in India as a part of its model offensive.