The Audi A7 raised controversy with its rear end design when it was unveiled, back in April 2011. That controversy was partly forgotten later that year with the introduction of the S7 and its 420PS/550Nm 4.0TFSI V8 engine. Now, Audi chose the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit to show us the 560PS/700Nm version, called RS7.
The all new Audi RS7 comes with the same engine as its lesser brother, yet the former, taking advantage of the biturbo V8′s full potential, can reach speeds up to 305km/h, while consuming an average of 9.8l per 100 km, thanks to an innovative cylinder head design, a start-stop system and above all, the cylinder on demand (COD) system, as Audi calls their cylinder deactivation mode. Power is sent to al four wheels via an 8 speed tiptronic gearbox, with the lower gears being closely spaced for sporty response and the eighth gear being tall for reduced fuel consumption. The Quattro permanent all wheel drive system uses a center differential with a high locking rate and a separate oil cooler to regulate its temperature to distribute power between the front and rear axles. The standard configuration of 40:60 front:rear is constantly regulated by a torque vectoring software that supports the work of the differential during cornering.
The four internally vented wsave-like break discs are housed inside the standard 20 inch wheels (21″ are optional) and measure 390mm in diameter up front. Pins decouple the steel friction rings from the aluminum brake caps. The RS7 comes with an adaptive air suspension that lowers the body by 20 millimeters and adapts to the condition of the road and the driver’s style.
Please check our forum thread (here) for more information, photos and videos on the all new RS7 and while you’re there, join us by telling us your opinion. You will also find the full press release and a photo gallery after the jump.
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