The Audi RS7 Sportback

The 2013 Audi RS7 Sportback has been showcased at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Effectively it’s an A7 with a full RS upgrade. If you want one, it will cost around £84,000. Sales will towards the end of the year.

Speed

In terms of speed the Audi beats its nearest rivals. The car uses the same engine as the RS6 Avant. It’s faster than the Porsche 911. In just 3.9 seconds the car will be able to race from 0 – 62 MPH. Altogether the RS7 has 552 BHP using a 4.0 litre bi-turbo V8 engine. The top speed of the car reaches 189 MPH. Would you ever need to go that fast anyway? There will also a limited speed option.

The driver is able to change the sound levels of the exhaust with controls on the exhaust. The sports exhaust system is the one to go for if it’s pure revs that you want.

As standard the car will have a four wheel drive Quattro system. Sport and manual modes come with the eight-speed automatic transmission. Manual versions have the option of handy paddles on the steering wheel, making the car feel sportier.

Efficiency

The Audi RS7 also adopts various fuel efficiency technologies to counter the potential high fuel costs. Cylinder on demand technology has been installed into the car. This ensures that cylinders that are not being used are closed, saving energy. Altogether the car will be able to achieve 28.8 MPG according to Audi. That’s a remarkable figure but official ratings are not always what they seem.

Difference between the A7

True Audi fans can always tell the difference between a standard Audi A7 and the RS7. The RS badges are placed throughout the vehicle. The body kit is more aggressive. The exhaust pipes have a sportier shape. The alloys and larger brakes complete the vehicle.

Upgraded suspension

The price could go up to £100,000 with a more advanced Dynamic Ride Control system instead of the standard air suspension. For a practical sports car the Audi RS7 would make a wonderful purchase.

It has already made a tremendous impact at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show. The luxury saloon is sure to help Audi catch up with BMW and Mercedes-Benz in the United States, withholding their reputation as the fastest growing manufacturer in the world.