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The ultimate Audi A7


IT WAS only a matter of time before Audi dropped the new bi-turbo V8 from the RS6 into something a bit more distinctive. The result is the new RS7, which takes the fight directly to Merc’s CLS 63 AMG, and another new competitor in this segment, the BMW M6 GranCoupé.

The V8 bi-turbo engine produces a peak power of 412kW and 700Nm of torque. It takes a mere 3.9 seconds to accelerate to 100km/h and is limited to 250km/h. If that’s not fast enough for you, make sure to tick the Dynamic package, which ups the top speed to 280km/h. Those with an even greater need for speed can go for the Dynamic Plus package which increases the top speed to just over 300km/h.

The engine is mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission featuring shortened shift times and offering Sport and Manual modes in addition to the standard Drive setting. For manual shifts, drivers can use the paddles on the steering wheel or the RS-specific selector lever.
In the RS 7 Sportback the quattro permanent all-wheel- drive system which is one of the hallmarks of the RS lineage, incorporates torque vectoring, a self-locking centre differential with an elevated locking value and a sport differential on the rear axle to distribute power steplessly between the rear wheels.

To cut down on fuel consumption, Audi has included a Stop/Start function and a Cylinder on Demand system. The engine basically deactivates the intake and exhaust valves of cylinders 2, 3, 5 and 8, which means the engine then runs as a four cylinder. The result is a claimed fuel consumption of 9.8 litres/100km.


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