Published on September 11th, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Audi RS7 Sportback with 800Nm will not arrive here

Yes, this accelerating in 3.6 seconds from 0-100km/hfastback will not officially arrive in Malaysia but rest assured there will bea private importer ready to deliver this Audi to elite rich Malaysian buyerslooking for a supercar with seating for 4 in comfort.

Audi Sport GmbH has just presented the RS7Sportback at the 2019 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. This newAudi RS7 Sportback marks the model’s second generation and is more unique thanever before.

Now, as a wide-bodied five-seater for thefirst time, this super fastback is also showcasing the improved performance andefficiency delivered by a mild hybrid system. The Audi RS7 Sportback will bearriving at dealerships in Germany and other European countries in the end of2019.

Innovative:the exterior design

The new Audi RS7 Sportback sits low to the ground. The flared wheel arches emphasize the relentlessly sporty nature of the high-performance model from Audi Sport. The extreme width is no optical illusion – at 1,950 millimeters (76.8 inches) at the front fenders, the tape measure has to stretch an extra 40 millimeters (1.6 inches) or so over the Audi A7 Sportback. The new RS7 Sportback shares the coup√©-like lines of the base model’s body, but only in four areas: the hood, the roof, the front doors and the tailgate. The RS-specific exterior design gives the 5,009-millimeter (197.2-inch) grand tourer a character all of its own.

The front of the new Audi RS7 Sportbackfeatures a broad, flat Singleframe with no contrasting border. The radiatorprotective grille with its RS-specific three-dimensional honeycomb structurehas retained its gloss black appearance. Large front air inlets and verticalfins in gloss black add to the aggressive styling. A horizontal blade marks adistinctive downward edge to the front end.

The side view of the new Audi RS7 Sportbackreveals sharply defined lines and curved surfaces like well-toned muscles. Alow shoulder line shifts the visual emphasis downward, while the window linerises toward the rear, giving a sense of dynamism even when the vehicle isstationary. The RS-specific door sills with black inlays accentuate thehigh-performance Sportback’s distinct impression of forward movement.

The rear end’s curved trailing edge andstrip of lights linking the main rear lights make it one of the characteristicdefining features of the RS7 Sportback. At a speed of 100 km/h (62.1 mph), aspoiler will extend from the tailgate. The RS exhaust system, with a large,chrome-colored oval tailpipe on each side, sits beneath an RS-specific bumperwith a rear diffuser and design elements in gloss black. The new Audi RS7Sportback comes with LED headlights fitted as standard. The optional RS matrixLED laser headlights, with their dark bezels, and the LED rear lights areequipped with dynamic turn signal lights and run through RS-specific sequenceswhen the vehicle is locked and unlocked.

V8power: the drive system

The 4.0 TFSI in the new Audi RS7 Sportbackproduces 441 kW (600 metric hp) and delivers 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torquewithin a broad range from 2,050 to 4,500 rpm. The high-performance Sportbackwill sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62.1 mph) in only 3.6 seconds. The topspeed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155.3 mph); this can be increasedto 280 km/h (174 mph) with the Dynamic package and to 305 km/h (189.5 mph) withthe Dynamic plus package.

Thanks to its mild hybrid system (MHEV)with a 48-volt main on-board electrical system, the 4.0 TFSI combines maximumperformance with high efficiency. The belt alternator starter can recover up to12 kW power under gentle acceleration and feed it into a lithium-ion battery aselectricity. If the driver releases the accelerator at a speed between 55 and160 km/h (34.2 to 99.4 mph), the drive management will select one of twooptions. Depending on the driving situation and the settings in Audi driveselect, the new RS7 Sportback will either recover energy or coast with theengine switched off. When the driver steps on the accelerator, the beltalternator starter will start the engine again. MHEV technology allows forstart-stop mode at speeds below 22 km/h (13.7 mph). As soon as the vehicle infront of the new Audi RS7 Sportback starts moving, the engine will spring backto life-even if the brakes are applied. With the MHEV-technology it is possibleto reduce fuel consumption by as much as 0.8 liters per 100 kilometers.

The cylinder on demand (COD) system isanother weapon in the vehicle’s armory when it comes to efficiency. In highergears at low to medium loads and engine speeds, it will deactivate cylinders 2,3, 5, and 8 by halting injection and ignition and closing the intake andexhaust valves. In four-cylinder mode, the operating points will switch to theactive cylinders at higher loads, thereby improving efficiency, while thedeactivated cylinders continue to run like gas springs, largely without anylosses. When the driver presses the accelerator pedal, they are reactivatedimmediately. Each switchover takes mere milliseconds and is virtuallyundetectable by the driver and passengers.

The four-liter engine produces afull-bodied and sporty V8 sound. The Audi drive select dynamic handling systemallows adjustments to the sonorous growl of the power unit. The optional RSsport exhaust system with black tailpipe trim provides an even fuller sound. Inthe customizable RS1 and RS2 modes, customers can decide for themselves whetherthey want a sporty or balanced sound.

The power produced by the 4.0 TFSI flowsvia the standard eight-speed tiptronic transmission with optimized shift timesand a new launch control function to the quattro permanent all-wheel drivesystem. Drive forces are distributed to the front and rear axles in a 40:60ratio via the purely mechanical center differential. If one wheel slips, moredrive torque automatically goes to the axle with the better traction. Up to 70percent can flow to the front wheels and up to 85 percent to the back wheels.

The wheel-selective torque control optimizesthe agile and confident handling of the new RS7 Sportback, applying the brakesgently to the wheels on the inside of a bend before they have the chance toslip. The quattro sport differential, available with the optional Dynamic andDynamic plus packages, shifts the torque between the rear wheels as neededduring sporty cornering, thereby improving traction, stability, and dynamics.

Agilityas standard: the suspension

Five-link front and rear axles handle thelateral and longitudinal forces independently on the new RS7 Sportback. Thelinkages and the subframes are made largely of aluminum. The track is 1,668millimeters (65.7 in) at the front and 1,650 millimeters (65 in) at the rear.

The standard RS adaptive air suspensionwith controlled damping has been tuned specifically to suit the RS and nowallows the new Audi RS7 Sportback to reach a top speed of 305 km/h (189.5 mph)thanks to a new air spring module with a spring rate 50% higher. The sport airsuspension can be set to three modes and includes automatic level control. Inthe normal position, the body of the new RS7 Sportback sits 20 millimeters (0.8in) lower than an Audi A7 Sportback with standard suspension. At speeds above120 km/h (74.6 mph), it will drop by a further 10 millimeters (0.4 in) andoffer a lift mode enabling the vehicle to be raised by 20 millimeters (0.8 in)if requested. The pronounced kingpin inclination of the RS sport air suspensionoffers the driver a free choice between long-distance comfort and topperformance.

The optional RS sport suspension plus withDynamic Ride Control (DRC) holds the RS7 Sportback even more tightly to theroad and improves handling. Pitching and rolling movements are significantlyreduced during spirited driving. A new generation of dampers with integratedvalves provides for a distinct spread between the various Audi drive selectmodes.

Progressive steering with sporty and directratios is a standard feature of the new Audi RS7 Sportback. The sporty grandtourer can optionally be fitted with dynamic all-wheel steering. This combinesdynamic steering at the front axle, which uses an infinitely variable strainwave gearing, with a separate rear axle steering system with a spindle driveand track rods. At low speeds, the rear wheels turn as much as five degrees inthe opposite direction relative to the front wheels. This reduces the turningcircle by as much as one meter (3.3 ft), and the RS7 Sportback is thus evenmore agile in city traffic and tight curves. At intermediate and high speeds,the rear wheels turn by as much as two degrees in the same direction, keepingthe car steady in its lane.

A driver can determine the character of anAudi RS7 Sportback using the Audi drive select dynamic handling system. Thereare six profiles available: comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency and thecustomizable RS-specific RS1 and RS2 modes, which can be enabled directly viaan RS MODE button on the steering wheel. Audi drive select influences factorsincluding engine and transmission management, steering assistance, thesuspension, dynamic all-wheel steering, the quattro sport differential, theexhaust flaps, and the way in which the automatic air conditioning works. InRS2 mode, customers can switch the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) tosport mode at the touch of a button.

The new RS7 Sportback is fitted as standardwith 21-inch cast aluminum wheels with a 10-spoke star design and 275/35 tires.Audi Sport offers optional RS-specific wheels with a 22-inch 5-V-spoke designwith 285/30 tires in silver, matt titanium look, gloss turned finish, and glossturned anthracite black finish. The calipers of the RS brake system withinternally ventilated and perforated discs (420 millimeters (16.5 in) at thefront, 370 millimeters (14.6 in) at the rear) are painted black as standard orred upon request. On the optional RS ceramic brakes, the calipers can be gray,red or blue. The discs measure 440 millimeter (17.3 in) at the front and 370millimeters (14.6 in) at the rear. The new RS ceramic brake system tips thescales at 34 kilograms (75 lb) less than its steel counterpart, which cuts downon unsprung mass.

Dynamic photo,Colour: tango red

Sportyand futuristic: the interior

A stripped-down look with sporty accentsare the key stylistic elements in the interior of the new Audi RS7 Sportback.Much like the exterior design, the design language combines taut, sinewysurfaces with clearly defined contours. There is plenty of space for the driverand passenger, with the architecture of the interior accomplishing a seamlesstransition to the futuristic user interface. The upper MMI touch responsedisplay is embedded in the black-paneled architecture in a way that renders italmost impossible to see where the display ends and the surroundings begin. Thedriver can use the upper RS monitor display to call up an overview of drivesystem component temperatures, maximum g-forces and information regarding tirepressures and temperatures.

Special RS displays use the Audi virtualcockpit to provide details of tire pressure, torque, performance, oiltemperature, boost pressure, lap times, acceleration, and g-forces. The shiftlight display prompts the driver to upshift when the rev limit is reached. Theoptional mild hybrid system (MHEV) also shows some RS-specific information.

The flat-bottomed, fully perforated RSsport leather steering wheel with new large RS aluminum shift paddles featuresmultifunction buttons, which the driver can use to enable the new Audi driveselect RS1 and RS2 modes. This automatically opens the RS-specific displays inthe Audi virtual cockpit. The RS and RS7 logos adorn the steering wheel, seats,and illuminated front door sill trims. Logo projectors on the front and reardoors beam the Audi Sport emblem onto the ground when the doors are open.

RS sport seats upholstered with black pearlNappa leather with a rhombus pattern and RS embossing are fitted as standard.An even sportier option is available in the form of RS sport seats covered withValcona leather, featuring a honeycomb pattern and RS embossing. Theperforation allows a ventilation function for the first time.

The two RS design packages, available ineither red or gray, bring a splash of color, with contrasting stitching on theAlcantara steering wheel rim, gear lever gaiter and knee pads. Each packagealso features seat belt straps with colored edging and RS floor mats. Optionalinlays in carbon, natural gray-brown wood or matt aluminum open up a range ofpossibilities for customizing the interior.

The new Audi RS7 Sportback offers an arrayof extra functions not seen in the predecessor model. For the first time, AudiSport is offering the five-door grand tourer with a three-seater rear bench.The sporty four-seater design with a two-seater rear bench is still available.The luggage compartment offers a base capacity of 535 liters (18.9 cu ft), whichcan be increased to as much as 1,390 liters (49.1 cu ft) with the split rearseatbacks folded down. The long tailgate opens and closes electrically asstandard, with an optional convenience key allowing it to be operated by footgesture control.

Allthe best equipment: infotainment, assist systems, colors, and materials

For the new RS7 Sportback, Audi Sportoffers an extensive range of convenience, connectivity, and driver assistanceequipment. The athletic grand tourer couples relentless sportiness withunfettered long-distance capability. The car will help the driver out in a widerange of situations. More than 30 assist systems are available, includingadaptive cruise assist, intersection assist, lane change warning, curb warning,and 360-degree cameras.

The range of colors for the new Audi RS7Sportback encompasses thirteen standard exterior paint finishes, including thetwo RS-specific shades of Nardo gray and Sebring black, crystal effect, as wellas five available matt effect paint finishes. The exterior mirror housings aregloss black as standard, with aluminum matt or the color of the car availableas options. Flaps, blades, sill inlays, window slot trims, and the reardiffuser clip can fall under one of three styling packages in matt aluminum,black, or carbon. Upon request, the Audi rings and RS logos at the front andrear are also available in gloss black for the black and carbon stylingpackages. The diverse Audi exclusive range offers additional possibilities forpersonalization.

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