Audi working on a 580 hp RS7 sports car

Article by Christian A., on August 25, 2010

At the Paris Motor Show this September, Audi will be unveiling its new A7 Sportback. Currently, the four-door coupe is in the final stages of development. The vehicle will go on sale in March 2011 in the UK. A V10-powered RS variant will also be included in the range.

The A7 is the first model based on Audi's new mid-size platform, which will highlight the seventh-generation A6 that will be released next year.

With a length of 4950mm, the A7 was designed to rival the new Mercedes-Benz CLS and a production version of BMW's recently unveiled Gran Coupe concept that's due in 2012.

At the top of the lineup is an RS7 Sportback performance model that is equipped with a 580bhp version of Audi's naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine mated with Audi's new seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The other models in the lineup will be powered by any of the V6, V8 and V10 petrol and diesel engines available.

Most of the vehicles that will be sold in the UK will be equipped with Audi's new 330bhp supercharged 3.0-litre V6 direct injection petrol and 250bhp 3.0-litre V6 common-rail diesel.

At last year's Detroit show, the Sportback concept was displayed, previewing the production version that will have a sleek four-door fastback body styled similarly to the A5 Sportback.

Topics: audi, audi rs7, sportback

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