Audi has added mild hybridization and some new technical features to its RS7 Sportback.
The updated version of Audi’s large luxury liftback family car gains significant performance credentials with this latest RS7 Sportback.
In terms of appearance the updated RS7 does not look much unlike its predecessor but it is vastly different from the A7. Only the bonnet, roof, tailgate and door panels are carried over, with the RS version being 40mm wider than an A7.
There are some digitisation upgrades applied to the cabin, with reconfigured instrumentation and Audi’s latest MMI dual touchscreen interface. Quality touch surfaces are a theme inside this new high-performance Audi, which features Nappa leather trim and a flat-bottomed steering wheel, with a perforated rim.
RS7 delivers supercar performance
Mechanically the upgraded RS7 is powered by Audi’s impressive 4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which boosts 441kW and 800Nm. Those outputs are similar to what the previous RS Sportback model produced, but the new car has superior efficiency.
Audi’s engineers have integrated an energy recovery system into the drivetrain. This enables up to 12kW of energy harvesting, which is stored in a small lithium-ion battery pack.
The presence of a 48-volt electrical architecture allows the stored energy to be deployed to save fuel in traffic driving, by powering vehicle systems.
As one would expect from any Audi displaying an RS-badge, the latest RS7 Sportback is tremendously fast. With the benefit of all-wheel drive traction, it can launch and attain supercar rivalling acceleration numbers.
It will run 0-100kph in only 3.6 seconds and its top speed potential is 305kph. With ample passenger space and the ability to carry 535-litres of luggage, it is a remarkably competent high-performance family vehicle.
Audi will deliver all its new RS-model Sportbacks with factory equipped adaptive air-suspension. This system allows the RS7 to run 20mm lower than before, improving its high-sped stability and reducing aerodynamic drag.
To avoid scraping the car’s front splitter when crawling up steep driveways or exiting parking garages, the air-suspension also allows a 20mm front-axle lift function at low speed.
Four-wheel steering is also standard, which assists in reducing its turning by 1m and makes this larger luxury car much easier to park and navigate in narrow urban road infrastructure.
Audi expects the new high-performance Sportback to becomes available to South African customer late in 2020.
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