Audi RS7 Sportback (2020–)

Model History

September 2019

Audi RS7 Sportback revealed

Based on the A7 Sportback, the RS7 is a five-door high-performance coupe with 600PS and 800Nm from its 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine.

The second-generation model features five seats and a mild hybrid drivetrain along with a much wider body than the standard car. Offered in the UK in standard and Vorsprung forms, the RS7 will be delivered to UK customers from early 2020.

The 1951mm wide body of the RS7 shares only its bonnet, roof, front doors and tailgate with the standard A7 while the interior features RS sport seats finished in perforated leather along with a flat-bottomed RS steering wheel. Special RS displays in the Audi Virtual Cockpit provide details of tyre pressure, torque, performance, oil temperature, boost pressure, lap times, acceleration and g-forces.

For the first time, Audi is offering the five-door RS7 Sportback with a three-seater rear bench. When its split seat backs are folded down up to 1,390 litres of luggage space are available, and when five adults are on board 535 litres remain at their disposal.

The 4.0 TFSI petrol engine in the new Audi RS7 Sportback produces 600PS and delivers 800Nmof torque between 2100 and 4500 rpm. The high-performance Sportback will sprint from 0 to 62mph in 3.6 seconds and reach top speed at an electronically limited 155mph.

Accompanying the performance is a suitably characterful and full-bore V8 sound which can be modulated via the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system. In the customisable RS1 and RS2 modes, customers can decide for themselves whether they want a sporty or balanced tone.

Thanks to its mild hybrid system (MHEV) with a 48-volt main on-board electrical system, the 4.0 TFSI combines maximum performance with high efficiency, says Audi. The belt alternator starter can recover up to 12kW of power and feed it into a lithium-ion battery as electricity. If the driver releases the accelerator at a speed of between 34mph and 99mph, the drive management will select one of two options, either recovering energy or coasting with the engine switched off depending on the driving situation and the settings in Audi drive select. When the driver steps on the accelerator, the belt alternator starter will start the engine again. MHEV technology also allows for start-stop activation at speeds of 13mph and below. As soon as the vehicle in front of the new RS 7 Sportback starts moving, the engine will restart —even if the brakes are applied.

The cylinder on demand (COD) system is another major attribute when it comes to efficiency. In higher gears at low to medium loads and engine speeds, it will deactivate cylinders 2, 3, 5 and 8.

The power produced by the 4.0 TFSI is directed by the standard eight-speed tiptronic transmission with optimised shift times and a new launch control function to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. Drive forces are distributed to the front and rear axles in a 40:60 ratio via the purely mechanical centre differential. If one wheel slips, more drive torque is automatically transferred to the axle with the better traction. Up to 70 percent can flow to the front wheels and up to 85 percent to the rear.

Ordinarily, the RS7 Sportback sits 20mm lower than the A7, while the adaptive air suspension drops by a further 10mm at speeds of more than 74mph. Wheel-selective torque control applies the brakes on the inside of a bend before they break traction, while a standard Quattro sport differntial shifts torque between the rear wheels. Progressive steering is also standard.

The driver can determine the character of an RS 7 Sportback using the Audi drive select dynamic handling system, which features six profiles: comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency and the customizable RS-specific RS1 and RS2 modes, which can be enabled directly via an RS MODE button on the steering wheel. Audi drive select influences factors including engine and transmission management, steering assistance, the suspension, dynamic all-wheel steering, the quattro sport differential, the exhaust flaps, and the operating characteristics of the automatic air conditioning system. In RS2 mode, customers can switch the Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) to sport mode at the touch of a button.

In standard form the new RS 7 Sportback is fitted as standard with 21-inch cast aluminium wheels with a 10-spoke star design and 275/35 tyres. A 22-inch 5-V-spoke design with 285/30 tyres is reserved for the Vorsprung version. Within them, the powerful RS brake system features internally ventilated and perforated discs measuring 420 millimetres upfront and 370 millimetres at the rear.

The range of colours for the new Audi RS 7 Sportback encompasses thirteen standard exterior paint finishes, including the two RS-specific shades of Nardo grey and Sebring black, crystal effect, as well as five available matt effect paint finishes.

December 2019

Audi RS7 Sportback prices announced

The RS7 Sportback five-door coupé starts from £97,050 and is initially available in four versions – RS7, RS7 Carbon Black, RS7 Vorsprung and a limited run RS7 Launch Edition.

Dynamic all-wheel steering is standard throughout the ranges to enhance low-speed manoeuvrability and high-speed stability, and three of the four variants in each line-up combine this with RS-specific adaptive air suspension. The conventionally sprung RS sport suspension plus with diagonally linked adaptive dampers that are the basis of the Dynamic Ride Control system is standard for the top-tier Vorsprung versions in each case, and can be optionally specified for all other versions.

Externally, RS6 and RS7 Sportback models feature 21-inch alloy wheels, Matrix LED headlights with Audi laser light and lighting animations, privacy glass and aluminium mirror housings and detailing. Carbon Black versions upgrade to a 22-inch wheel with a black finish and add a carbon black styling package that finishes elements such as mirror housings, window trim strips, spoilers and inserts in gloss carbon and gloss black. The top Vorsprung models also feature a 22-inch wheel in a titanium matt gloss design and a gloss black styling package. In addition, their trademark twin oval tailpipes are exclusively finished in black to illustrate the fact that the sport exhaust system with its enhanced acoustics is also a standard Vorsprung feature.

Inside, all models are equipped with heated and ventilated front RS sport seats with integrated headrests, electric adjustment and honeycomb-stitched Valcona leather upholstery. These are complemented by an electrically adjustable RS flat-bottomed steering wheel incorporating new, larger aluminium shift paddles and a new RS mode button that gives instant access to two additional personalised driver profiles – RS 1 and RS 2 - that can be set and saved via the Audi drive select system.

The all-digital operating system with its black-panel design is of course also standard for all versions, as is the Audi virtual cockpit plus with its 12.3-inch binnacle display, which also offers the option of special RS screens providing information on tyre pressure, torque, power output, engine oil temperature, boost pressure, lap times, acceleration measurements and g forces. A shift light is also included to prompt the driver to upshift when the maximum engine speed is reached. Naturally, the generic specification also includes everything from MMI Navigation Plus to Audi connect internet-based services and Audi Phone Box wireless charging, plus useful assistance systems such as camera-based traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning and a rear-view camera.

RS6 and RS7 Sportback Carbon Black models are marked out internally by striking carbon twill inlays and an RS design package that adds to the luxury feel through additional inserts in either grey Fine Nappa leather or grey Alcantara for areas such as the centre console sides and door armrests.

Vorsprung variants place even more emphasis on occupant comfort and contentment with features such as a panoramic glass sunroof, power door closure, Bang & Olufsen 3D audio and front and rear seat heating. They also include a configurable head-up display for even greater driver convenience, plus the Tour and City Assist packs, equipping them with virtually every advanced driver aid available for the model lines, from adaptive cruise assist and the predictive efficiency assistant to Audi side assist and cross traffic assist front.

For maximum choice the RS6 and RS7 Sportback models will also be offered for a limited period in an exclusive Launch Edition specification that combines highlights from all the variants. Externally, red brake callipers that are unique to this version are visible through 22-inch alloy wheels with a black gloss turned finish, and these are complemented by the gloss black styling pack. The panoramic glass sunroof and the sport exhaust are also standard, as is top speed de-restriction to 174mph. Inside, the Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system is a key enhancement.

Among the headline options for the two ranges are five matt-effect paint finishes, the sport exhaust system (standard for Vorsprung and Launch Edition versions), ceramic brakes and de-restriction of top speed from 155mph to 174mph (also standard for Vorsprung and Launch Edition models).

In just 3.6 seconds the RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback with eight-speed tiptronic transmission can touch 62mph from a standing start, and where conditions permit the driver can see 124mph by the time 12 seconds have elapsed. Top speed is electronically governed at 155mph, or 174mph in the Vorsprung and Launch Edition versions.

This performance is delivered as responsibly as possible through the use of mild hybrid technology. A belt alternator starter powered by a 48-volt main electrical system lies at the heart of the MHEV system, which can harvest energy during light deceleration and store it in a separate lithium-ion battery, and also initiate coasting at speeds of between 34 and 99mph for up to 40 seconds with the engine switched off. A cylinder on demand (COD) system is also incorporated, and at low to intermediate loads and speeds deactivates four of the V8’s eight cylinders to conserve fuel.

Specification

OTR Pricing

RS 6 Avant

£92,750

RS 6 Avant Carbon Black

£100,650

RS 6 Avant Vorsprung

£109,250

RS 6 Avant Launch Edition

£101,700

Specification

OTR Pricing

RS 7 Sportback

£97,050

RS 7 Sportback Carbon Black

£104,950

RS 7 Sportback Vorsprung

£113,550

RS 7 Sportback Launch Edition

£106,000

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