The all-new 2014 Audi RS 7 will have a starting price of $104,900 when it hit showrooms in the United States this fall. The German luxury carmaker unveiled the Audi RS 7 at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Bearing semblance of aesthetic design, innovative technology and track-tested performance, the 2014 Audi RS 7 is the latest member of the carmaker’s A7 model line, which is improved for the 2014 model year with the addition of the fuel-efficient A7 TDI clean diesel model, which is now offered with the A7 3.0T and S7 4.0T variants.
Audi RS 7 is powered by a twin-turbo 4.0 TFSI V8 engine that provides up to 560 hp of output and 516 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and reach a top track speed of 174 mph. Through its innovative cylinder on demand technology, the Audi RS 7 deactivates cylinders 2, 3, 5 and 8 at low to medium loads and engine speeds by closing their valves via electromechanical actuators.
The 4.0 TFSI runs in four-cylinder mode and provides up to 15% better fuel efficiency. The active engine mounts eliminates changes in vibration between eight and four-cylinder modes. Interest buyers who want more performance-oriented exhaust tone could avail of sport exhaust with black finishers.
2014 RS 7 features the Audi quattro all-wheel drive system with sport differential for superior grip and handling, pairing it to an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. The Audi RS 7 features a robust brake system that boasts of internally ventilated and perforated discs in a weight-saving wave design -- the front and rear discs have diameters of 15.4 inches and 14 respectively.
RS7 Sportback is the first of RS models from Audi to be built with a precise tuned air suspension. The body sits 20 mm (0.7) lower due to a dynamic configuration of the RS adaptive air suspension. The integrated damping control changes according to specific road conditions, driving style and the mode preferred when in Audi drive select.
This system gives the driver various functions of key components, which includes the engine management, steering, optional sport differential, and the tiptronic, by shifting between the comfort, auto, dynamic, and custom modes.
Audi provides the tauter RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) as a substitute to the air suspension. It employs steel springs and three-stage adjustable dampers that are fixed to one another through oil lines and one central valve each. Aside from this option, which can also be combined into Audi drive select, the dynamic steering is provided with its effortless variable steering ratio.
Audi RS7 Sportback comes with a standard 20-inch forged aluminum wheels in seven twin-spoke design. Three varying 21-inch wheel designs are obtainable as options. The internally vented brake discs highlight a wave design for a weight saving of around three kilogram (6.61 lb.).
The front discs weigh 390 mm (15.35 in.) in diameter and are clenched by six-piston calipers. Audi puts carbon fiber-ceramic discs as an option. The electronic stabilization control system (ESC) has a Sport mode that is both easily accessible and disabled.