2016 Audi RS7 Sportback Performance

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The RS7 Sportback Performance sees a 45 hp jump from the stock RS, producing an exceptional 605 hp from the 4 liter twin turbocharged V8. The 0-62 mph time drops from 3.9 seconds down to 3.7 seconds thanks to changes in engine management with increased turbo boost. Top speed is capped at 155 mph, but the limiter can be removed for a full 189.5 mph top speed. The RS7 gets 24.8 mpg with the help of a cylinder on demand system that runs only 4 cylinders in normal driving.

The adaptive air suspension has been lowered 20 mm, or .8 inch, and RS7 puts its power to the ground through the quattro AWD which send 40% of its power to the front wheels, and 60% to the wheels in back. These ratios can change as needed thanks to the wheel selective torque-control.

Design changes include bumpers with large air inlets, a quattro log on the air intake duct, and matte titanium add-ons.

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Price -- Production --
Engine 4 liter V8 Weight --
Aspiration twin turbochargers Torque 516 lb-ft
HP 605 hp HP/Weight --
HP/Liter 151.25 hp per liter 1/4 mile --
0-62 mph 3.7 seconds Top Speed --

(from Audi Press Release) Plus performance: the new Audi RS 7 Sportback performance

The new Audi RS 6 Avant performance and the new Audi RS 7 Sportback performance offer more power output than ever before. The 4.0 TFSI now produces 445 kW (605 hp) and maximum torque of 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft). A particular highlight of the engine is an overboost function allowing the driver to temporarily draw on up to 750 Nm (553.2 lb-ft). The two RS high-performance models sprint like supercars from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 3.7 seconds, an improvement of 0.2 seconds over the respective base RS model. They need just 12.1 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 200 km/h (124.3 mph), 1.4 seconds less than the base RS models. With the optional dynamic package, top speed can be increased from 250 to 280 and 305 km/h (155 to 174 and 189.5 mph), respectively. Despite the output boost of 33 kW (45 hp), the sonorous V8 biturbo power unit consumes just 9.6 and 9.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (24.5 and 24.8 US mpg), respectively, corresponding to 223 and 221 g CO2(358.9 and 355.7 g/mi).

The standard eight-speed tiptronic has been designed for extreme sportiness in both the new RS 6 Avant performance and the new RS 7 Sportback performance. The driver can choose between the modes D and S or change gears manually either by tapping the selector lever or by using the shift paddles on the RS multifunction sport leather steering wheel. In manual mode, a shift indicator in the driver information system or optional head-up display indicates the rev limit.

With its dynamic setup, the standard RS adaptive air suspension lowers the body of the RS 6 Avant performance and RS 7 Sportback performance by 20 millimeters (0.8 in). The integrated damping control varies as a function of the road conditions, driving style and the mode chosen in Audi drive select. Audi offers the tauter RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) as an alternative. An additional option is dynamic steering with a continuously variable steering ratio.

Striking design details reinforce the preeminent position of the two new RS performance models. These include the sportily designed bumpers with large air inlets up front and the heavily profiled diffuser insert at the rear, the gloss black honeycomb grille typical of the RS models and the flared side sills. The RS performance-specific exterior is distinguished by a quattro logo on the air inlet duct and add-on parts in matt titanium look. Audi offers the new exclusive paint finish Ascari blue, metallic as an option.

The driver can adjust the function of key components using Audi drive select, including the steering, engine and sound management, the tiptronic and the optional sport differential. New in the performance models: Similar to the new Audi R8 high-performance sports car, the driver can switch between the modes auto, comfort, dynamic and individual without taking his or her eyes off the road using a special button on the RS multifunction sport leather steering wheel.

The new Audi RS 7 Sportback performance 121,700 euros.

Audi RS 7 Sportback performance:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9.5 (24.8 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 221 (355.7 g/mi)