2015 Audi RS7 Sportback zooms onto the tarmac


The Audi A7, and by default the hi-po S7 and RS7 models, are interesting cars. They feature the latest four-door coupe styling, but are in fact five-door coupes with hatchback trunk access like the Porsche Panamera. Almost everyone likes the A7's styling and many are even rapturous in their praise, so Audi was berry, berry caweful (use an Elmer Fudd accent for maximum effect) with the 2015 updates to the line-up. Lighting duties are mostly by LED units and Europeans will be able to opt for Audi's new Matrix lighting (not approved for the US yet). The grille has been tweaked and quattro lettering has been added to the bottom of the RS7's schnoz. But all the good stuff remains like the 4.0-liter turbo V8 (560 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque), an eight-speed automatic, quattro all-wheel drive, enhanced MMI infotainment, leather sport interior, and more. The new RS7 will hit sixty in well under four seconds and still return almost 25 mpg. Three new optional packages – matte aluminum, gloss black, and carbon – can further individualize the look of your RS 7 Sportback. For more information about the new RS 7 (and the A7 and S7), check out the press releases after the jump. If the RS7 is your thang, remember to bring a large and well-funded checkbook...

Source: Audi - Press releases after the "read more" jump.




Press Release:
Even more defined: The revised Audi RS 7 Sportback


New headlights and design details for a dynamic five-door coupé
4.0 TFSI with 412 kW (560 hp) of power and efficient COD technology
Board Member for Development Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg: “Audi RS 7 Sportback is an outstanding piece of sports equipment”

Dynamics in a new top form – Audi has honed the RS 7 Sportback. The large five-door coupé comes with new LED headlights and even more enhanced infotainment features. With 412 kW (560 hp) and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of torque, its 4.0 TFSI engine provides for an impressive driving performance at a fuel consumption rate of only 9.5 liters per 100 kilometers (24.8 US mpg) with 221 grams CO2 per kilometer (355.7 g/mi).


“The Audi RS 7 Sportback confirms the reputation of the RS models as the superior, top athletes of our brand,” states Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development of AUDI AG. “The combination of a powerful four‑liter V8 engine with cylinder on demand technology, quattro drive and intelligent lightweight design makes the RS 7 Sportback an outstanding piece of sports equipment for any fan of dynamic and yet efficient driving.”

Even at first glance, the Audi RS 7 Sportback reveals its dynamic character – the long engine hood, the sporty and flowing C‑pillars and the sharply sloping rear end form an aesthetic overall impression. New design details add striking touches. They include the Singleframe grille with the black honeycomb typical of RS models, with the corners now even sharper and more distinctive. Three optional packages – matt aluminum, gloss black and carbon – make the look of the RS 7 Sportback even more distinctive. The central front air inlet bears the quattro lettering. Slight modifications have also been made to the bumper, with its distinctive air inlets.

The headlights, also adapted to the new Singleframe, come with LED technology as a standard feature. On request, Audi provides the headlights with the innovative Matrix LED technology, available exclusively on the RS 7 Sportback with additionally darkened trims. This offer also includes turn signals with dynamic display at the front. At the rear they are generally standard. The tail lights also have a new interior design. New to the paint finishes are the colors Floret Silver, metallic; Glacier White, metallic; Mythos Black, metallic and Sepang Blue, pearl effect.

In the elegant black interior, dominated by the RS sport seats, the designers have discreetly revised the instrument cluster: the air outlet controls of the vent nozzles, the shift paddles behind the steering wheel and the quattro emblem on the instrument panel. The standard MMI navigation plus with MMI touch now uses the modular infotainment platform of the latest generation; its highlight is an efficient graphics processor from Audi’s partner, Nvidia.

The 4.0 TFSI in the revised Audi RS 7 Sportback provides as before 412 kW (560 hp), with a constant 700 Nm (516.3 lb‑ft) of torque at engine speeds between 1,750 and 5,500 rpm. The engine catapults the five‑door coupé from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.9 seconds; the optional dynamics packages allow top speeds of 280 and 305 km/h (174.0 and 189.5 mph), respectively. In the ECE cycle however, the resonant V8 bi‑turbo needs only 9.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (24.8 US mpg) with 221 grams CO2 per kilometer (355.7 g/mi). A key factor in this efficiency is the cylinder on demand (COD) system, which can shut down four cylinders during partial load operation.

An eight‑speed tiptronic tuned for sporty performance, with a tall eight gear, directs the power of the eight‑cylinder engine to the quattro permanent all‑wheel drive. On request, Audi will combine quattro all‑wheel drive with the optional sport differential on the rear axle.

The RS adaptive air suspension, together with adaptive damping, standard on the RS 7 Sportback, lowers the body by 20 millimeters (0.8 in); its control is incorporated in the Audi drive select driving dynamics system. Audi offers the tauter RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control (DRC) as an alternative. A further option is dynamic steering, with its continuously variable steering ratio.

The revised Audi RS 7 Sportback is fitted with 20‑inch forged lightweight alloy wheels as a standard feature; 21‑inch cast aluminum wheels in three color versions are optionally available. The four internally ventilated brake disks have a weight‑saving wave design; alternatively Audi installs carbon fiber-ceramic disks. Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) has a Sport mode that can be deactivated altogether if need be.

The Audi RS 7 Sportback can be ordered in Germany from the 3rd quarter 2014. Its base price is €113,300.





Press Release:
Sleek and stylish – the new Audi A7 Sportback

Athletic aesthetic and elegance in grand style
Five powerful and highly efficient engines from 160 kW to 245 kW
S7 Sportback* features 331 kW and innovative COD technology

Audi has spared no effort in revising the A7 Sportback*. The spacious five-door coupe is now even more powerful and attractive – thanks to new engine configurations, new transmissions, new headlights, taillights and new infotainment systems. The new A7 Sportback combines the emotional appeal and sportiness of a coupe with the comfort of a sedan and the functional benefits of an Avant.

* The collective fuel consumption of all models named above and available on the German market can be found in the list provided at the end of this MediaInfo.


Back when the A7 Sportback first debuted in 2010, Audi was already setting new standards in automotive design, embracing an athletic aesthetic and elegance in grand style. Its long engine hood, sporty, flowing C‑pillars and the sharply dropping rear end create a dynamic overall impression. The revised version of the five-door model, measuring 4.97 meters (16.3 ft) in length, now has additional striking, sporty features.

The most striking changes are to the Singleframe grille, bumpers, tailpipes and headlights. LED technology is now standard; upon request, Audi can supply Matrix LED headlights, which light the road optimally without causing glare for other road users. Combined with the Matrix LED headlights, dynamic turn signals are also installed at the front; they come standard at the rear.

The body of the new Audi A7 Sportback consists primarily of aluminum and high‑tech steel grades. It is extraordinarily lightweight and designed for maximum comfort in terms of noise. The cargo space under the long, electrically driven trunk lid has a base capacity of 535 liters (18.9 cu ft). When the rear seat backs are folded down it grows to 1,390 liters (49.1 cu ft).

The sporty style of the exterior is echoed in the car’s interior. The dominant element is the horizontal line surrounding the driver and passenger. The dashboard gives an impression of lightness and elegance. The new interior materials, including the aluminum/Beaufort walnut inlay and Valcona leather, are impressive for their finish. The color palette has been redesigned, offering five color options even for the seats.

The new Audi A7 Sportback is confident and relaxed to drive. The front seats can be optionally equipped with ventilation and massage functions, and there are four seat versions to choose from. The MMI radio operating system comes standard; it can be supplemented as an option with a head‑up display that projects all important information onto the windshield.

Power and efficiency: two TFSI and three TDI engines
To start out, Audi is offering the new A7 Sportback with a choice of five powerful and highly efficient engines: two gasoline and three diesel units. Their power rating ranges from 160 kW (218 hp) to 245 kW (333 hp), and all of them comply with the Euro 6 emission standard. Many aspects of the 3.0 TDI clean diesel with 200 kW (272 hp) have been newly developed. In the “ultra” version with 160 kW (218 hp) and front-wheel drive, the three-liter V6 uses an average of just 4.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (50.0 US mpg), corresponding to CO2 emissions of 122 grams per kilometer (196.3 g/mi). The top‑of‑the‑range engine, the 4.0 TFSI, is available in the Audi S7 Sportback. It delivers 331 kW (450 hp) of power and uses innovative COD (cylinder on demand) technology.

The 3.0 TDI biturbo clean diesel, which delivers 235 kW (320 hp), works with an eight‑speed tiptronic transmission; all other engine configurations have a seven‑speed S tronic transmission. In the versions with front‑wheel drive, the dual‑clutch transmission has been fully redeveloped, replacing the multitronic. In engine configurations starting at 200 kW (272 hp), quattro permanent all-wheel drive can be supplemented with the sport differential, which actively distributes power between the rear wheels.

The chassis, too, combines sporty precision with high comfort. The new Audi A7 Sportback features wheels with diameters ranging from 17 to 21 inches. Some engine configurations are equipped with new lightweight brakes. The power steering system features an electromechanical drive for high efficiency.

The Audi drive select dynamic handling system is standard. Options include dynamic steering, two sport suspension versions and adaptive air suspension; on the S7 Sportback, the air suspension has a firmer setup.

The new Audi A7 Sportback leads the competition in terms of infotainment. The top system, MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch, utilizes the latest generation of the modular infotainment system; its highlight is a powerful graphics processor from Audi’s partner Nvidia. Touchpad control lets the driver scroll and zoom in lists and maps.

The perfect supplement to MMI Navigation plus is Audi connect, which links the five‑door coupe with the Internet via the LTE high‑speed data transmission standard. The Audi phone box connects the driver’s cell phone to the car antenna for improved reception. The top of the hi-fi line is the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System.

The assistance systems – including adaptive cruise control with stop & go function, the further improved night vision assistant and the Audi pre sense safety system – are also state of the art. Audi side assist and Audi active lane assist work closely together to make lane changes even safer.

The new Audi A7 Sportback will begin arriving at dealerships in late summer 2014. Its base price in Germany will be €51,300. The Audi S7 Sportback is available starting at €82,300.

Fuel consumption of the models named above:

Audi A7 Sportback:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.6 – 4.7 (30.9 – 50.0 US mpg)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 176 – 122 (283.2 – 196.3 g/mi)

Audi S7 Sportback:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9.3 (25.3 US mpg)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 215 (346.0 g/mi)